Gold Cup 2021 Betting Tips, Previews & Results

2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips

When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the centre stage of Cheltenham Festival . It always takes place on Friday - the final day of the Festival. It provides the ultimate test of horse and jockey over the three miles, two furlongs, and 70 yards of the race. The best horses, jockeys, and trainers from the circuit compete for one of the most prestigious prizes in the sport.

The Gold Cup takes place in 2021 on Friday 19th March at 3.30 pm GMT. It promises to be a spectacular race as Al Boum Photo will aim to join elite company by winning the event for the third time in a row. However, Willie Mullins and his charge will face tough competition from the field that could include, Santini, Minella Indo, and A Plus Tard. The Gold Cup as ever will be must-watch entertainment.

Who Will Win The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Al Boum Photo has won the last two events, producing brilliant performances in the process. In the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup, he fended off a surge from Santini to close out the victory by a neck. After a lengthy drought without a Gold Cup triumph, trainer Willie Mullins earned his second win in as many years. He will ensure that Al Boum Photo is prepared for another crack at the title. Only a select group of horses have won the event three times in a row – Best Mate, Arkle, Cottage Rake, and Golden Miller.

There will be competitors that have the quality to stop Al Boum Photo from making history. Santini will be lining up another charge, while his stable-mate Champ is another strong contender. A Plus Tard and Minella Indo will also be in contention for the crown.

How to Bet on Cheltenham Gold Cup

Betfair provides a vast array of betting options for placing a bet on the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup. We offer several markets on our Sportsbook and Exchange, featuring competitive odds across the board.

On the Sportsbook, bettors can place wagers on single, multiple, and each-way bets.

The Exchange provides bettors with the opportunity to lay or trade selections and also for a horse to place in the contest. Betfair provides excellent value on these markets for bettors eyeing a win on the Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners Since 2010









Al Boum Photo


Paul Townend

Willie Mullins (IRE)




Al Boum Photo


Paul Townend

Willie Mullins (IRE)




Native River


Richard Johnson

Colin Tizzard




Sizing John


Robbie Power

Jessica Harrington (IRE)




Don Cossack


Bryan Cooper

Gordon Elliott (IRE)






Nico de Boinville

Mark Bradstock




Lord Windermere


Davy Russell

Jim Culloty (IRE)




Bobs Worth


Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson






Tony McCoy

Jonjo O'Neill




Long Run


Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

Nicky Henderson




Imperial Commander


Paddy Brennan

Nigel Twiston-Davies



Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the signature event of Cheltenham Festival. Here on this page, we break down all the information that you need to know about the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup. We will have news, interviews, tips, and all the latest odds for the race.

We will wait with bated breath to see whether Al Boum Photo can maintain his dominance of the race and further enhance his Cheltenham legacy. Or will there be a new champion to emerge from the field? All will be decided on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Here is the full schedule for Gold Cup Friday at the Cheltenham festival:


Day 4 Races




JCB Triumph Hurdle

2m 179y

Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle


County Handicap Hurdle

2m 179y

Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle


Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle


Grade 1 Novice Hurdle


Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

3m 2f 70y

Grade 1 Chase


St James’s Place Challenge Cup Hunter Steeple Chase

3m 2f 70y

Class 2 Hunter Chase


Mares Steeple Chase

2m 4f

Grade 2 Mares’ Chase


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

2m4f 56y

Class 2 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious prize in steeplechasing and the feature race of the Cheltenham Festival.

We’ll have all the latest Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips and news right up to post time on this page.

Cheltenham Gold Cup FAQs

🏇 What day of the Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is staged on the final day of the week-long event on Friday. It is known as Gold Cup day as the race headlines the afternoon. Gold Cup day is the most popular day of the Festival and sells out due to the prestige of the event.

🏇 What time is Cheltenham Gold Cup and how long does it last?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on Friday at 3:30 pm GMT, although there is wriggle room depending on whether all the horses co-operate at the start line. The race itself can last seven minutes on average, although the longest contest took eight minutes in 1971 when L'Escargot won.

🏇 What kind of race is the Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade One steeplechase. The rating of the contest means that only elite horses can compete in the contest. Owners and trainers strive over years to guide their horses up in class in the hope of reaching the peak of the jumps racing.

🏇 How many runners will be in Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The amount of runners in the Cheltenham Gold Cup varies. In 2020 there were 12 competitors, while in the previous year there were 16 horses. The 2021 Gold Cup will have a similar range. The largest Gold Cup fields came in 1982 and 2006 when 22 horses competed.

🏇 How many obstacles have to be jumped at the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

There are 22 obstacles that have to be cleared by the competitors in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

🏇 What distance is the race competed over in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is competed over a distance of three miles, two furlongs and 70 yards. The horses compete around the left-handed Cheltenham Racecourse on turf.

🏇 Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020?

Al Boum Photo won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020. He claimed victory in the event for the second year in a row, joining an elite group of horses to record successive triumphs in the race. Jockey Paul Townend was in the saddle on both occasions for Willie Mullins' charge.

🏇 Has any horse ever won the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice?

Yes. Al Boum Photo became the eighth horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice when he claimed his second win in 2020. Golden Miller, Arkle, L’Escargot, Cottage Rake, Easter Hero, Best Mate and Kauto Star were the other competitors to triumph on more than one occasion.

🏇 Who has won the most Cheltenham Gold Cups?

Golden Miller has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup the most. He triumphed on five occasions, winning the event in successive years between 1932 and 1936. Best Mate is the second most successful horse, winning the Gold Cup three years in a row between 2002 and 2004.

🏇 How to bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Betting on the Gold Cup at Betfair is a simple process. You can open an account at Betting.Betfair and deposit a sum of money. Then enter the Gold Cup betting page and select which horse to bet on, either with a single or each-way punt.