- What is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
- When is the 2019 Gold Cup?
- Gold Cup runners and odds 2019
- Who won the Gold Cup in 2018?
- Cheltenham Gold Cup winners
- Gold Cup trends
What is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a prestigious Grade 1 National Hunt horse race, often considered the pinnacle of the jump season. It takes place annually on the second or third Friday in March at Cheltenham Racecourse, on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival.
Its official name for 2019 is the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
The Gold Cup race is run over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs and features 22 fences. Only horses over the age of five with a BHA rating of 130 or more are eligible to enter.
When is the 2019 Gold Cup? What time does it take place?
The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 will take place at 15.30 on Friday 15th March 2019, on Day 4 of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. It will be the 91st annual running of the race.
Cheltenham Gold Cup runners and odds 2019
The final list of 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup runners will be confirmed on Wednesday 12th March 2019. However, the betting market is already open and you can see the latest Gold Cup odds below.
Who won the Gold Cup in 2018?
The 2018 Cheltenham Gold cup was won by Native River (5/1) with jockey Richard Johnson and trainer Colin Tizzard.
Native River was the third favourite on the field of 15, behind Might Bite (4/1) and Our Duke (9/2). He crossed the finish line in 7 minutes and 2.6 seconds, beating the favourite by 4½ lengths.
Read on to find out about other Cheltenham Gold Cup winners and the trends we’ve seen over the years.
Cheltenham Gold Cup winners
The most successful horse in Cheltenham Gold Cup history is Golden Miller, with five consecutive wins from 1932–1936. Only six other horses have won the race more than once:
- Easter Hero (1929, 1930)
- Cottage Rake (1948, 1949, 1950)
- Arkle (1964, 1965, 1966)
- L’Escargot (1970, 1971)
- Best Mate (2002, 2003, 2004)
- Kauto Star (2007 and 2009) — the only horse to regain the Gold Cup
Leading jockey Pat Taaffe has four Gold Cup wins under his belt, while leading trainer Tom Dreaper has five. Leading owner Dorothy Paget has seen seven of her horses win the race.
Learn about the Cheltenham Gold Cup winners from the last ten years in the table below:
|2018||Native River||6||8||Richard Johnson||Colin Tizzard||Brocade Racing||15||2nd. ( 4½ L) Might Bite 4/1F
3rd. (4 L) Anibale Fly 33/1
|2017||Sizing John||8||7||Robbie Power||Jessica Harrington(IRE)||Ann & Alan Potts||13||2nd. ( 2¾ L) Minella Rocco 18/1
3rd. (shd) Native River 7/2
|2016||Don Cossack||3.25F||9||Bryan Cooper||Gordon Elliott (IRE)||Gigginstown House Stud||9||2nd. ( 4½ L) Djakadam 9/2
3rd. (10 L) Don Poli 9/2
|2015||Coneygree||8||8||Nico de Boinville||Mark Bradstock||The Max Partnership||16||2nd. ( 1½ L) Djakadam 10/1
3rd. (2 L) Road To Riches 8/1
|2014||Lord Windermere||21||8||Davy Russell||Jim Culloty (IRE)||Dr. Ronan Lambe||13||2nd. (shd) On His Own 16/1
3rd. ( ¾ L) The Giant Bolster 14/1
|2013||Bobs Worth||3.75F||8||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||The Not Afraid Partnership||9||2nd. (7 L) Sir Des Champs4/1
3rd. ( 2 ¾ L) Long Run 7/2
|2012||Synchronised||9||9||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O’Neill||J. P. McManus||14||2nd. ( 2¼ L) The Giant Bolster 50/1
3rd. ( ¾ L) Long Run 7/4f
|2011||Long Run||4.5F||6||Mr Sam Waley-Cohen||Nicky Henderson||Robert Waley-Cohen||13||2nd. (7 L) Denman 8/1
3rd. (4 L) Kauto Star 5/1
|2010||Imperial Commander||8||9||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Our Friends in the North||11||2nd. (7 L) Denman 4/1
3rd. (23 L) Mon Mome 50/1
|2009||Kauto Star||2.75F||9||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||Clive D. Smith||16||2nd. (13 L) Denman 7/1
3rd. ( 2½ L) Exotic Dancer 8/1
F = favourite
Gold Cup Trends
- The words Cool, Cottage, Dawn, Hill, Imperial, Lad, Master, Prince, Red, Run, Silver, and Ten have all appeared in the names of two different Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. The appears in three.
- Nine winners have a name beginning with M, making this the most successful initial letter.
- 74% of winners have a two-word name, 19% have a one-word name, while the remaining 7% have three-word names.
- It might be best to steer away from the more senior horses, because there hasn’t been a winner aged 10 or older since 1998.
- The average winner from the past ten years is eight. The oldest ever winner was aged 12, while the youngest was 5.
- In Cheltenham Gold Cup history, the favourite has won 27% of the time. The average winner’s starting price is around 8.77 (~8/1).
- If we look at the past ten years, 40% of the bookies’ favourites won. The winners’ starting prices range from 2.75 to 21.00 (7/4 to 20/1), and average out at 7.24 (~ 6/1).
- The lowest starting price for a Gold Cup winner was 1/10 (1.1), offered on reigning champion Arkle in 1966. That means you’d have won just £1.10 if you’d staked £1 on a single.
- In contrast, the highest starting price for a Gold Cup winner was 100/1, offered on Norton’s Coin in 1990. That means you’d have won £101 if you’d staked £1 on a single.
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