Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips 2021

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
13:20 The JCB Triumph Hurdle Tritonic Place Bet
13:55 The County Handicap Hurdle Race Third Time Lucki Place Bet
14:30 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race Barbados Buck’s  Place Bet
15:05 The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase Minella Indo Place Bet
15:40 The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase Bob And Co Place Bet
16:15 The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase Elimay Place Bet
16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Galopin Des Champs Place Bet

The Cheltenham Festival packs in a lot of big races, but the biggest of all is saved for the final day on Friday, March 19. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is more than the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival; it is the most prestigious race in jump racing and pits against each other the very best chasers from Britain and Ireland in the ultimate test of stamina and jumping. Cheltenham Gold Cup day is also one of the biggest betting days of the year, with more money wagered on the feature than any other race in Britain bar the Grand National. Plan your betting strategy for the big day here with our analysis of the Cheltenham day 4 races and expert Cheltenham Friday tips.

Gold Cup Day Race Card

The JCB Triumph Hurdle for four-year-olds opens proceedings at 1.30pm on Cheltenham day 4 and all eyes will be on the exciting Zanahiyr, who has established himself as the season’s leading juvenile with his three victories.

Next up on Cheltenham day 4 is the County Handicap Hurdle 2.10pm. This is always a competitive betting heat but it is well worth noting that Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins have saddled three winners apiece in the last six years. The Skelton-trained Cadzand catches the eye this time.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, at three miles the longest of the Festival Grade 1s for novice hurdlers, follows at 2.50pm. It has been won by some high-class horses since its introduction in 2005 and this year’s race looks wide open.

The climax of the whole Cheltenham Festival arrives at 3.30pm when the best chasers in Britain and Ireland clash in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021. Al Boum Photo has won the last two runnings and is the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite as he bids for a rare hat-trick.

Race number five is the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at 4.10. Also known as the amateurs’ Gold Cup, it is run over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup and is restricted to jockeys who do not hold a professional licence.

At 4.50pm we have a brand new race at the Cheltenham Festival, the Grade 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase over two and a half miles. Willie Mullins has dominated the other two mares’ races at the meeting and could run former Festival winner Benie Des Dieux in this one.

The curtain comes down on the Cheltenham Festival 2021 with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. Wide Receiver will bid to continue the excellent record of Gordon Elliott, who has two winners and a runner-up in the race in the last four years.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting

Bets placed on the Cheltenham Gold Cup before the 48-hour declaration stage are subject to ante-post rules, which means if your horse misses the race for any reason, you will lose your money. However, as the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, bookmakers offer a non-runner no bet concession, which guarantees a refund in the event of a non-runner. Paddy Power are the first this year to offer the concession and are non-runner no bet on all 28 races at the Cheltenham Festival.

For Cheltenham Gold Cup betting on the day, bookmakers offer best odds guaranteed on bets placed online. This means that if your Gold Cup selection starts at a bigger price than when you placed your bet, you will be paid out at the bigger price if it wins. If you place your bet in a betting shop, you have to decide whether you take the price available at the time or choose the starting price.

You can read our Cheltenham Gold Cup tips and betting advice for the whole of the Cheltenham Festival 2021 at gg.co.uk and place your online bets through our website.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 runners

Al Boum Photo, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the last two years, is the star attraction among the Cheltenham Gold Cup runners he bids to become only the fifth horse in history to win it three times. He got his season off to a winning start in the Savills New Year’s Day Chase and will now head straight to Cheltenham. That Tramore contest was used as a one-race prep before Al Boum Photo’s previous two Gold Cup wins, so trainer Willie Mullins is following a familiar route and everything has gone to plan so far.

Santini was desperately close to overhauling Al Boum Photo at the line in last year’s Gold Cup and will try again. He came into the 2020 race off the back of an excellent win in the Cotswold Chase whereas his runs at Aintree and Kempton this time have offered less encouragement. That said, those two tracks don’t play to his strengths and he tends to run his best races at Cheltenham.

Champ and Minella Indo were first and second in last season’s RSA, now run as the Festival Novices’ Chase and regarded as the primary novice springboard for future Gold Cup contenders. Lord Windermere was the last RSA winner to follow up when landing the Gold Cup in 2014 and both of these first-time Gold Cup challengers should be taken seriously.

Another tackling the Gold Cup for the first time is A Plus Tard. He has an excellent Cheltenham Festival record having won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase in 2019 and finished a close third in the Ryanair Chase last year. Both of those Festival runs were around two and a half miles but he showed his readiness for a Gold Cup bid when proving his stamina over three miles with an excellent victory in a Leopardstown Grade 1 in December.

Frodon and Bryony Frost have already made plenty of history but a Gold Cup win would represent a new high. Frost became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 over jumps at the Festival and the first to win the King George VI Chase at Kempton, both on Frodon. Only two female jockeys – Rachael Blackmore and Lizzie Kelly – have even ridden in the Gold Cup in the last 37 years, so a win here would be front-page news.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Favourites

Given he has won the last two runnings of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, it is no surprise to see Al Boum Photo as the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite. At around 7-2, he is more or less the same price as he was when winning at 100-30 last year.

Santini can be backed at double the price he was when a narrow second as a 5-1 chance last year, reflecting the fact he has been beaten on both his starts this season.

Champ and Minella Indo were among the favourites when finishing first and second in last season’s RSA Chase and are closely matched in the betting here at around the same price as Santini and A Plus Tard. But Champ is yet to run this season and Minella Indo fell last time out.

Error-prone Delta Work was sent off at 5-1 before finishing fifth last year but can be backed at 25-1 this time, as can Kemboy, who was an 8-1 shot when seventh last year and ran well when second in Ireland last time.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 Odds

Favourites have a decent record in the Gold Cup, winning nine of the last 20 runnings. A £10 bet on every favourite during those 20 years would have given you a profit of just under £102. The biggest-priced winner in that 20-year period was 20-1 shot Lord Windermere in 2014, one of only two who won at a price bigger than 8-1.

Al Boum Photo heads the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 odds at 7-2, which gives him 22.2% chance of victory. Behind him are a trio of challengers on 10-1, or 9.1%. Among the rest of the leading challengers, Champ is next on 12-1, which equates to a 7.7% chance, while 16-1 shot Frodon has a 5.9% chance. Next in the betting are 25-1 shots Delta Work and Kemboy, with a 3.8% chance.
H2: Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Betting Tips

Al Boum Photo is following the same path he took to his last two Gold Cup victories and is well on course to bid for his third after winning his traditional prep race at Tramore. But he faces a number of new challengers this year and the one who jumps out is A Plus Tard, the first of our Cheltenham races day 4 tips. He was something of a revelation when stepped up to three miles at Leopardstown and, still lightly raced at the trip, could stamp himself as the new star of the staying division with a Gold Cup victory.

The betting on the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is wide open but one who really catches the eye is Barbados Buck’s. He has progressed with each run this season and was particularly impressive when defying a big weight in a novice hurdle at Kempton, where he picked up nicely after the last to brush aside his rivals. He has shown himself to be a strong stayer and can take the necessary step forward here.

Gordon Elliott has a great record in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle and has another big chance this year with Wide Receiver. The form of his maiden hurdle second at Navan was given a big boost when the winner scored in a Grade 2 next time and Wide Receiver’s victory last time over two miles should tee him up nicely for the step back up to two and a half here, so he is the final selection in our Cheltenham Friday tips.

Cheltenham Free Bets For Friday

Friday is all about the Gold Cup and the bookies will be rolling out a range of free bets for the big race. Sky Bet paid five places instead of the standard three for each-way bets in the Gold Cup last year, while Paddy Power had an excellent offer that refunded win bets if your selection was second, third or fourth. Sky Bet’s offer for the Triumph Hurdle was even better, refunding your bet if your horse was second, third, fourth or fifth. Check out our Free Bets page to plan your Cheltenham Gold Cup betting.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

What day and time is the Cheltenham 2021 Gold Cup?
The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 is at 3.30pm on Friday, March 19. It is the fourth of seven races on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival
What distance is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over 3 miles and 2½ furlongs, or a little over three and a quarter miles. During the race, 22 fences are jumped.
What is the prize money for the Gold Cup?
The prize-money for the Gold Cup is £625,000. Around £350,000 goes to the winner and there is prize-money down to the eighth place.
What weights are carried in the Gold Cup?
The Gold Cup is open to horses aged five or older. Five-year-olds carry 11st 8lb, while those aged six or older carry 11st 10lb. Mares receive a 7lb allowance.
Who won the Gold Cup last year?

Al Boum Photo won the Gold Cup last year. He was winning it for a second time, having also triumphed in 2019 when giving Willie Mullins, the most successful trainer in Cheltenham Festival history, his first win in the famous race after previously saddling six runners-up.