The Cheltenham Gold Cup is without a doubt the most prestigious event in the whole of the National Hunt calendar and has been won by some top class chasers over the years. It is the highlight of the festival and takes place over a marathon trip of 3m 2f, finding out horses with any stamina doubts and often run at a very quick pace, also testing the speed and jumping of the contenders. It is open to horses aged 5 and above.
Arkle won the race 3 times in a row back in the 60’s and then more recently Best Mate repeated the feat in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Paul Nicholls has made the race his own in recent times, recording a treble over 2007, 2008 and 2009 with Denman and Kauto Star with the latter certainly capturing the hearts of many of the racing public. There are a number of trends people consider for this race, and big clues to the possible winner often come from the King George VI chase which is run at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The Irish won it for the first time since 2007 when Lord Windermere triumphed at 20/1 in 2014 and followed up in 2016 with Don Cossack.
9/10 Winners came from first 3 in betting.
9/10 Winners either French or Irish bred.
8/10 Winners had been placed at the Festival before.
8/10 Winners aged between 8 and 9 years old.
5/10 Favourites have been successful.
2/10 Winners were trained in Ireland.
|2016||Don Cossack||9||B Cooper||G Elliott||9/4 f|
|2015||Coneygree||8||N de Boinville||M Bradstock||7/1|
|2014||Lord Windermere||8||D Russell||J Culloty||20/1|
|2013||Bobs Worth||8||B Geraghty||N Henderson||11/4 f|
|2012||Synchronised||8||A McCoy||J O'Neill||8/1|
|2011||Long Run||6||S Waley-Cohen||N Henderson||7/2 f|
|2010||Imperial Commander||9||P Brennan||N Twiston-Davies||7/1|
|2009||Kauto Star||9||R Walsh||P Nicholls||7/4 f|
|2008||Denman||8||S Thomas||P Nicholls||9/4|
|2007||Kauto Star||7||R Walsh||P Nicholls||5/4 f|