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The Gold Cup is what the Festival is all about. The most prestigious race on the calendar is naturally the one all trainers and jockeys want to win. As such, Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are easily the most searched and we have everything you need to know about the race.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds Winner | Favourites 2022
The Gold Cup at Cheltenham is staged on the final day of the Festival. Cheltenham Gold Cup odds have been published for some time and this is how they look.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
The current Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites are some of the very best horses in training. There is still a while to go and more prep races to run, but as of now these horses two ranks very highly and will be many a handicapper’s Cheltenham Gold Cup tips.
It’s little surprise that Minella Indo is the early leader in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds 2022 after winning the race in 2021. Yet, even before his victory in the Gold Cup, Minella Indo had shown a liking for this track with a decent second place to Champ in the 2020 RSA Chase.
In the build-up to his 2021 heroics, Henry De Bromhead’s horse was flawless in two starts before unfortunately falling when favourite to beat A Plus Tard in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown.
We wait to see which warm-up race the trainer will choose this year, and, of course, which jockey will get the ride. Rachael Blackmore had been the regular mount – riding Minella Indo on 10 straight occasions prior to the 2021 Gold Cup. However, she opted to jump on board A Plus Tard (finished 2nd), leaving Jack Kennedy to win his first Gold Cup. His Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are not overly short, which will attract many admirers.
Joining Minella Indo as one of the ante-post Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds favourites is Monkfish. Much like Minella Indo, Monkfish has shown an affection for this Gloucestershire racecourse.
In 2020, he won the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle by a neck from Latest Exhibition. A year later, he followed up that success with victory in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (formerly known as the RSA Chase) by comfortably beating Fiddlerontheroof by 6 lengths.
With the RSA often being a stepping stone in preparation for Gold Cup glory, Monkfish is ticking all the right boxes.
Gold Cup Cheltenham Festival
The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites in 2021 have a lot to live up to, this being the key race of the entire National Hunt season. Here are some of the important factors that make the Gold Cup at Cheltenham what it is.
As a jumps race, the Gold Cup goes as far back as 1924 and took place on a track which now forms the Old Course at Cheltenham.
Since 1959 the race has been run on the New Course, a marginally tougher track to negotiate. This, along with the class of horses involved and the 3¼-mile trip has made this race the hardest on the calendar to win.
Over time the Gold Cup at Cheltenham has entered racing folklore. Some of the biggest names in racing have landed this race with every winner adding their name to the history books.
The Gold Cup was worth a staggering £468,000 in terms of its total purse in 2021, with the winning owner pocketing over £263,000, and we fully expect the 2022 pot to be the same or slightly more.
That level of prize money is in line with the top horses on show. Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are based around only the best horses going for this race. Even for a Grade 1 race, the £468k pot still ranks second only to the Grand National in UK racing.
Going all the way back to the 30’s, Gold Cup winners have stood as bastions of the sport. Golden Miller won this race five times between 1932 and 1936 and is considered among the greatest of all time.
Triple winner Arkle is another huge name, a horse who now has a race named after him. The next horse to capture the imagination was three-time winner Best Mate. Henrietta Knight’s gelding won this in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Kauto Star won the Gold Cup in 2007, and in 2009 became the only horse to regain the crown. The Cheltenham Gold Cup odds of all these horses ranged from favourites to outsider prices, so keep the whole field in mind.
Golden Miller is the only five-time winner, a record that may never be beaten. Jockey Pat Taafe recorded four wins while trainer Tom Dreaper landed five Gold Cups with three different horses.
Al Boum Photo is now on the cusp of becoming only the fifth three-time winner. The fact therefore that he remains among the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites for 2022 is no surprise.
Cheltenham Gold Cup – FAQs
Before you take in any solid Cheltenham Gold Cup tips, keep these things in mind.
What Time is the Gold Cup at Cheltenham 2022?
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the fourth race on the fourth and final day of the festival. It’s due off at 15:05.
Who Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup Last Year?
Minella Indo (9/1) beat A Plus Tard (100/30) by 1¼ lengths to win the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Which Horse is the Favourite to Win in 2022?
According to the latest odds, Minella Indo and Monkfish are both favourites for Gold Cup glory.