2021 Irish Gold Cup Tips, Odds and Predictions
Sunday's at the Dublin Racing Festival features four top-level races. The Grade One feature is undoubtedly the Irish Gold Cup, a staying chase which has been won by legends like Jodami, Florida Pearl, Beef or Salmon and Carlingford Lough.
2021 Irish Gold Cup Odds
2021 Irish Gold Cup Tips
Once the final field has been confirmed, we'll publish our guide to the 2021 Irish Gold Cup.
2020 Irish Gold Cup Result
2021 Irish Gold Cup Entries
Minella Indo went off as the favourite for the Savills' Chase over Christmas. To the surprise of everyone in attendance, Henry De Bromhead's charge fell as the field began their second circuit.
De Bromhead said his stable star is none-the-worse for that tumble, and has been immediately installed as Paddy Power's ante-post favourite.
Delta Work held off Kemboy and Presenting Percy to win last year's Irish Gold Cup. Like the favourite, Gordon Elliott's charge came a cropper in the Savills Chase, and will be looking to bounce back at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Kemboy looked to have seen off Melon in the Savills Chase, only for A Plus Tard to come through late on and claim victory. The odds suggest A Plus Tard will be saved for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but both Kemboy and Melon look set to run in February.
Presenting Percy claimed an overdue win at Thurles earlier in the season, but will have to bounce back after a poor showing in the Savills Chase. Samcro also delivered an underwhelming showing that day, and Gordon Elliott has handed his star a chance to redeem himself.
Elliott has also handed Irish Gold Cup entries to The Storyteller and Battleoverdoyen. Willie Mullins has rewarded Castlebawn West, who bolted up under top-weight in a big handicap over Christmas, with an entry in this Grade One.
Two JP McManus runners round off the entries. Fakir D'Oudairies, who was pulled up in the Savills Chase, and Ted Walsh's Any Second Now.
Irish Gold Cup Day Card
|12:55pm||Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 2m2f|
|1:25pm||Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m|
|1:55pm||Chanelle Pharma Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m|
|2:30pm||William Fry Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) 3m|
|3:00pm||Flogas Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m5f|
|3:30pm||Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m|
|4:00pm||Leopardstown Handicap Chase (Grade A) 2m5f|
|4:35pm||Mare's Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m|
Irish Gold Cup History
The Irish Gold Cup was created in 1987, and originally the race was dedicated to Vincent O'Brien.
A couple of British trainers enjoyed early success in the Irish Gold Cup. Paul Nicholls rode Playschool to victory for David Barons, before Martin Pipe's Carvill's Hill scored four years later in 1992.
Peter Beaumont's Jodami then won the Irish Gold Cup for the first time in 1993. Jodami would complete a hat-trick during the two subsequent seasons, while also winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1993.
After wins for Dorans Pride and Danoli, Florida Pearl emulated Jodami by winning the Irish Gold Cup three years on the bounce between 1999 and 2001. Willie Mullins' star would then win a fourth Irish Gold Cup as a 12-year-old in 2004.
Beef or Salmon, who's regarded by many as the best chaser never to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, won the first of his three Irish Gold Cups in 2003. Michael Hourigan's star would later secure back-to-back wins in 2006 and '07.
Carlingford Lough won the Irish Gold Cup twice in 2015 and '16. Jessica Harrington's Sizing John triumphed at Leopardstown in 2017, before following up at the Cheltenham Festival.
Edwulf then secured a stunning victory in 2018, having been brought out of retirement just months earlier. Bellshill then won a four-runner event in 2019, before Delta Work saw off Kemboy and Presenting Percy to hand Gordon Elliott his first Irish Gold Cup win.
Irish Gold Cup Winners
|2013||Sire Des Champs|
|2007||Beef Or Salmon|
|2006||Beef Or Salmon|
|2003||Beef Or Salmon|