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When is the 2025 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Last updated: 19 Mar 2024
Conrad Castleton 19 Mar 2024
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  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2025 Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • The Gold Cup takes place at Cheltenham on Friday 14th March in 2025
Jockey Paul Townend rides Galopin Des Champs to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase. (Getty)

When is the 2025 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The 2025 Cheltenham Gold Cup will take place on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 14th March. The Cheltenham Gold Cup will be run at 3:30pm.

Who won the last Gold Cup?

Galopin Des Champs successfully defended his Gold Cup crown in 2024, comfortably defeating Gerri Colombe and Corach Rambler with another superb performance.

What is the Gold Cup?

The Gold Cup is the feature Championship race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious race in National Hunt racing, and is run over a distance of three and a quarter miles.

Where is the Gold Cup run?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run at Cheltenham racecourse during their popular Cheltenham Festival, held during the middle week of March every year.

Which horses will run in the Gold Cup?

Galopin Des Champs is the early 3/1 favourite to claim a hat-trick of Gold Cup victories in 2025. Stablemate, Fact To File sits just behind the market leader, with Il Est Francais, Grey Dawning and Corbetts Cross also likely to be pointed at the Gold Cup in 2025.

Where can I watch the 2025 Gold Cup?

The 2025 Gold Cup will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Gold Cup Live Streaming 

The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the 2025 Gold Cup live online:

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  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup History

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious prize in all of National Hunt racing, and takes place on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Gold Cup is run on the New Course at Prestbury Park. It's open to all chasers, and run over a grueling trip of three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs.

The first recorded running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup actually took place in 1819. At that stage, the Gold Cup was a flat race, and run over three miles on Cleeve Hill.

In 1924, the Cheltenham Gold Cup was switched to fences, and took pride of place in the center of the card on the final day of the Festival Festival.

The first horse to thrust their name up in lights in the Gold Cup was the legendary Golden Miller. Basil Briscoe's star won the Gold Cup five years in a row between 1932 and '36, while also winning the Grand National at Aintree in 1934.

The Cheltenham Festival, this the Gold Cup, was interrupted on several occasions during World War I and World War II.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup's popularity in Ireland grew massively in Ireland during the 1940s. Tom Dreaper trained the 1946 winner, Price Regent in 1946. Two years's later, Vincent O'Brien's Cottage Rake won for the first time, before landing a hat-trick of Gold Cup wins in the two subsequent seasons.

In 1958, Kerstin became just the second mare to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Only two other mares have achieved that feat since, the most famous of them being Dawn Run, who struck under Jonjo O'Neill for Paddy Mullins in 1986, three years after winning the Champion Hurdle.

Arkle dominated jumps racing throughout the 1960s. Tom Dreaper's star won the Gold Cup in 1964, '65 and '66, cementing his legacy as the greatest horse in the history of National Hunt racing.

L'Escargot claimed back-to-back Gold Cup wins at the start of the 1970s. Burrough Hill Lad scored in 1984, five year's before Desert Orchid claimed a popular victory in the 1989 edition of the Gold Cup.

The following season saw the biggest shock in the history of the Gold Cup, as 100/1 outsider, Norton's Coin handed little-known Welsh trainer, Sirrel Griffiths a fairytale victory.

AP McCoy celebrated the first of his two Gold Cup wins in 1997, guiding Mr Mulligan to victory. Mick Fitzgerald struck on See More Business two years later, handing Paul Nicholls his first win in the Gold Cup.

2002 saw Henrietta Knight's Best Mate claim his first Gold Cup win. Best Mate would follow up in '03 and '04, joining the illustrious list of three-time Gold Cup winners.

The rivalry between Kauto Star and Denman dominated National Hunt racing in the late 2000s. Paul Nicholls' stablemates went toe-to-toe in three Gold Cups. 

Denman overcame his rival and defending Champion in 2008, before Kauto Star turned the tables on his stablemate the following season, becoming the first horse to regain the Gold Cup in the process.

Nicky Henderson saddled the Gold Cup winner in 2011 and '13, with Long Run and Bob's Worth winning either side of McCoy's second victory on Synchronised.

In 2015, Mark Bradstock's Coneygree became the first novice to win the Gold Cup, powering up Cleeve Hill under an excellent ride by Nico De Boinville.

Irish Trainers have won four of the last five Gold Cups, with Colin Tizzard's Native River interrupting the Irish success in 2018.

Gordon Elliott and Jessica Harrington celebrated their first Gold Cup triumphs in 2016 and 2017, with Don Cossack and Sizing John coming out on top.

After years of waiting, Willie Mullins finally got his hands on the Gold Cup in 2019, as Al Boum Photo scored a surprise win.

In 2020, Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate to win back-to-back Gold Cups, holding off Santini and Lostintranslation in a thrilling finish to Cheltenham's showpiece event.

Al Boum Photo's bid to win three Gold Cup was thwarted by Henry De Bromhead in 2021, as Minella Indo beat stablemate A Plus Tard, with the defending champion crossing the line third.

A Plus Tard turned the tables on Minella Indo in 2022, helping Rachael Blackmore become the first female jockey to ride the Gold Cup winner.

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