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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 Racecard

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival and the most prestigious race of the entire Jumps season. It takes place each year on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

3:30

Friday 13 March

Distance: 26f 70y Age: 5yo + Prize: £625000 Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. AL BOUM PHOTO (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
Won this last year before good second to Kemboy at Punchestown in May. Returned to win at Tramore on New Year's Day. Likely to make bold bid to become first back-to-back winner since Best Mate.
55 stars

2
jockey silks 2. BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
9
11-10
Dual Betfair winner at Haydock who posted another fine effort in that race when second to Lostintranslation on return. Chased home Santini in Cotswold here since. Third in this 12 months ago.
33 stars

3
jockey silks 3. CHRIS'S DREAM (IRE)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
11-10
Very smart chaser. Won 23-runner Troytown at Navan (3m, heavy) in November and better than ever when following up in Gowran Grade 2 12 weeks later. This probably asking a bit much, though.
22 stars

4
jockey silks 4. CLAN DES OBEAUX (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
8
11-10
Impressive when landing a second successive King George at Kempton on Boxing Day. Stamina seemed to give out when only fifth in this last year but a year older now and may see it out better this time.
33 stars

5
jockey silks 5. DELTA WORK (FR)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-10
High-class novice chaser last term who has bounced back from disappointing reappearance to win Savills Chase and Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on last 2 starts (Kemboy behind both times).
44 stars

6
jockey silks 6. ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE)
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: Colin Tizzard
8
11-10
Thorough stayer who landed 2018 Welsh National but pulled up in Haydock Grand National Trial last month and was only a remote sixth in this 12 months ago. Big outsider.
11 stars

7
jockey silks 7. KEMBOY (FR)
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
Top-class chaser who beat stablemate Al Boum Photo at Punchestown last spring. Not at best on Leopardstown return over Christmas but stepped up on that when second to Delta Work there latest.
44 stars

8
jockey silks 8. LOSTINTRANSLATION (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: Colin Tizzard
8
11-10
Took his form up another level when gamely seeing off Bristol de Mai in Betfair. Lacklustre display in King George (breathing problem) but could bounce back having had wind op (also tongue tied).
33 stars

9
jockey silks 9. MONALEE (IRE)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
9
11-10
High-class chaser (second in 2018 RSA) who was back to his best when narrowly denied by Delta Work in Savills at Leopardstown over Christmas. Stamina not assured now stepping up to 3¼m.
33 stars

10
jockey silks 10. PRESENTING PERCY
J: Davy Russell
T: Patrick G. Kelly, Ireland
9
11-10
Disappointing when favourite for this 12 months ago and behind a few of these rivals in Savills Chase and Irish Gold Cup on his last 2 starts. Others arrive with more pressing claims.
22 stars

11
jockey silks 11. REAL STEEL (FR)
J: Brian Hughes
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-10
High-class chaser who notched a second Grade 2 success of the season at Thurles in January. Type to bounce back quickly from poor run at Gowran last month but this is a big ask.
22 stars

12
jockey silks 12. SANTINI
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-10
Second in RSA last year and 2-2 this term, his stamina shining through when seeing off Bristol de Mai in Grade 2 here in January. Promises to be well suited by demands of this race. Cheekpieces added.
44 stars

Analyst's Verdict

Half a dozen have good claims, headed by AL BOUM PHOTO who can become the first since Best Mate to win this in consecutive years. Stablemate Kemboy will be a threat if bouncing back to the form he showed last spring, while last year's leading novices Delta Work, Santini and Lostintranslation are also very much in the mix.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse, over a distances of three miles and two and a half furlongs. There are a total of 22 fences to be jumped.

The first race known as the Cheltenham Gold Cup was run in July 1819, but it was a flat race contested over three miles.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup ran as a jumps race for the first time in March 1924 but did not start with the prestige it now has, overshadowed by the National Hunt Chase.

However, now is very different, and the legend of the Cheltenham Gold Cup has grown over the decades thanks to a raft of top-class winners that have written themselves into Cheltenham Gold Cup history.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Trophy is awarded to the winning connections of the horse that wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The original Cheltenham Gold Cup will be presented to the winners of the festival highlight after the racecourse was reunited with the prize in 2018.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy, first awarded 94 years ago, was offered to the course by a private owner who had kept it in a bank vault since the 1970s. It will replace the current Cheltenham Gold Cup, which has been in use since 1972.

The all-time most successful horse in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Golden Miller, who won it a total of five times across five consecutive years – 1932 to 1936.

Past greats such as Golden Miller, Arkle and Desert Orchid, and modern heroes like Best Mate and Kauto Star, have all tasted victory in this race.

Since the turn of the century, Best Mate (2002-04) and Kauto Star (2007 and 2009) are the only ones to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup more than once.

There have been several notable Cheltenham Gold Cup Results this century, including a hat-trick of wins in the race for the Henrietta Knight -trained Best Mate between 2002 and 2004.

Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup when winning the 2009 renewal, two years after landing his first win in the race.

Synchronised received a never-say-die ride from AP McCoy when winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2012, while Native River’s superior stamina won the day in 2018 when he stayed on best of all to deny Might Bite a first ever Cheltenham Gold Cup success.

In terms of Timeform ratings, the best winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup this century was Kauto Star, who produced a performance rated 184 on the Timeform scale when regaining the Cheltenham Gold Cup crown in 2009.

As well as a class act, Kauto Star was a thoroughly game racehorse and he could never be written off as he showed when still managing to whittle down Denman's advantage in the closing stages of the Gold Cup in 2008, despite also being under pressure a long way out on that occasion.

Denman beat him by seven lengths that day but Kauto Star turned the tables to win the 2009 edition by thirteen from his stablemate, in the process becoming the first horse to regain the Gold Cup (he won from Exotic Dancer in 2007).

Kauto Star is clearly entitled to be regarded as the best steeplechaser for more than forty years.

His thirteen-length victory over Denman in the 2009 Gold Cup was, in Timeform's view, the best performance in the race in that very long period.

There could have been no other choice for the accolade of Timeform Horse of the Year in 2009.

The top all-time jockey is Pat Taaffe, who won a total of four times – three times on Arkle (1964-66) and one on Fort Leney (1968).

The all-time leading trainer is Tom Dreaper, who won it a total of five times, Prince Regent (1946), Arkle (1964-66) and Fort Leney (1968).

As for the leading owner, Dorothy Paget won it seven times – five times with Golden Miller (1932-36), Roman Hackle (1940) and Mont Tremblant (1952).

Jim Culloty , who is the top jockey in the Gold Cup this century, has also won it as the trainer of Lord Windermere in 2014.

Henrietta Knight and Paul Nicholls are the most successful trainers this century, with Jim Lewis (Best Mate) being the most successful owner.

The longest Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds of any winner was recorded by Norton’s Coin in 1990.

Trained by Sirrel Griffiths and ridden by Graham McCourt, Norton’s Coin surprised nearly everyone at the Cheltenham Festival when winning at Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds of 100/1.

The shortest priced winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Arkle, when he won the third and last of his Cheltenham Gold Cups in 1966.

Such was Arkle's perceived superiority before the last of these victories that he was given a starting price of 1/10 (a £10 bet would have won £1).

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Card shows form for all of the leading Cheltenham Gold Cup runners.

Entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup are first made in early January, and there is a chance for owners to either keep their horse in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for another fee, or scratch them from the entries, in February.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Card shows form for all the leading Cheltenham Gold Cup runners.

The runners for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup will go to post at 15:30 on the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup field size varies greatly over time, with variants such as ground conditions and quality of opposition taken into consideration.

Arkle is one of the famous names associated with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he only beat a total of 10 runners over the three years that he ran in the race.

In contrast, Silver Buck beat 21 other rivals when landing the 1982 renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the same number that War Of Attrition defeated in 2006.

Recent renewals of the Cheltenham Gold Cup have tended to feature between 13 and 16 runners.

The potential 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup runners include Presenting Percy , who has won races at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, including the 2018 RSA Chase.

He has been given a sparing campaign this season, but his trainer Pat Kelly is a master at getting his horses to peak at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River was second behind Bristol de Mai in the 2018 Betfair Chase at Haydock and then chased home Clan des Obeaux and Thistlecrack in the 2018 King George VI Chase at Kempton, two top-class races which often point towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner the following spring.

The 2017 King George winner Might Bite , who was second to Native River in the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has disappointed so far this season and needs to be rejuvenated by a wind operation when heading to Cheltenham in March.

The 2019 renewal finally saw Willie Mullins record a win in the race, as Al Boum Photo – ridden by Paul Townend – got the better of the previous year’s third Anibale Fly, with Bristol de Mai back in third.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

22

What day of the festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Day 4

What time is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

15:30

What weights are carried for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

11st 8lb (5yo). 11st 10lb (6yo+). 7lb allowance for mares.

What is the purse for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

£625,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

In recent history, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Richard Johnson have all won it twice.

Who is the leading trainer in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Paul Nicholls

Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

You can check out our Cheltenham Gold Cup results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Click the link to visit our Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds Comparison page.

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