Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Offers
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, and there’s an extra story to track this year, as 2022 Grand National winner Noble Yeats looks to write his name into the record books. Get your betting preparation in order, with the runners to keep an eye on, the trends to follow and the best Cheltenham Gold Cup betting offers and free bets for 2023.
Cheltenham Gold Cup betting offers and free bets
If previous years are anything to go by, we can expect a host of betting offers targeted at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Keep checking back in the build-up to the big race, as we aim to highlight the most relevant and appealing promotions on offer.
Race-specific Gold Cup betting offers
|Bet365||New and existing customers||Galopin Des Champs to win the Gold Cup (9/4)|
|Betfair||New and existing customers||Rachel Blackmore top 3 on A Plus Tard (2/1)|
|William Hill||New customers only||Willie Mullins to have a Gold Cup winning horse (35/1)|
|William Hill||New customers only||Rachael Blackmore to win the Gold Cup (150/1)|
Gold Cup welcome offers
More Gold Cup sign-up offers
|Bookmaker||Offer||Terms and Conditions|
|Virgin Bet||Bet £10 to Get £20 in Free Bets||New members registered between 06/03/2023 and 19/03/2023. Min £10 bet on sportsbook (ex. forecasts, tricasts & virtual sports), placed & settled within 14 days of sign-up. Min odds 1.5. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: sportsbook only (ex. virtual), accept within 7 days, valid for 7 days from acceptance. ex E/Ws & Multiples. Stakes not returned. Click here for full T&Cs.|
|Spreadex||Bet £10 to Get £40 in Free Bets||18+. Join and place a £10 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. Spread betting losses can exceed deposit. Once the bet is settled, get a £10 free fixed odds bet plus a £5 free Total Goals football spread bet and a £5 racing Winning Favourites spread bet. The second £10 free fixed odds bet, £5 free Total Goals football spread bet, and £5 racing Winning Favourites spread bet will be credited 24 hours later. Free bets expire in 28 days if unused.T&Cs Apply. begambleaware.org.|
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Cheltenham Gold Cup – What you need to know
Let’s start by walking you through the key facts when it comes to the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
How long is the Gold Cup, when’s it held and where’s it run?
The Gold Cup is a jumps race, run every March as part of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. It actually started out as a flat race back in 1819, before switching to jumps in 1924 and moving to the current ‘New Course’ in 1959. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over 3 miles and 2½ furlongs, making it about a mile shorter than the Grand National.
Cheltenham Gold Cup confirmed runners
The final confirmed runners for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup won’t be announced until the days just before the race, but there’s already ante-post betting available with all the best bookmakers. Some of these horses may yet not run, so it’s worth looking around for bookies offering Non Runner No Bet insurance. This would give you your money back if your horse either gets injured beforehand or is entered into a different race at the Cheltenham Festival.
As things stand, the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup runners are as follows:
- Galopin Des Champs
- Noble Yeats
- A Plus Tard
- Minella Indo
- Ahoy Senor
- Royale Pagaille
- Eldorado Allen
- Sounds Russian
Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites and tips
The top 10 horses are listed below alongside their biggest achievements to date, previous Gold Cup form and current Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds.
|Horse||Most notable result||2022 Gold Cup result||2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup odds*|
|Galopin Des Champs||2022 Ladbrokes Novices Chase winner||Did not run||13/8|
|A Plus Tard||2022 Gold Cup winner||1st||5/1|
|Bravemansgame||2022 King George VI Chase winner||Did not run||13/2|
|Noble Yeats||2022 Grand National winner||Did not run||14/1|
|Stattler||2022 National Hunt Challenge Cup winner||Did not run||18/1|
|Conflated||2022 Irish Gold Cup winner||Did not run||18/1|
|Protektorat||2022 Betfair Chase winner||3rd||20/1|
|Minella Indo||2021 Gold Cup winner||2nd||20/1|
|Ahoy Senor||2023 Cotswold Chase winner||Did not run||20/1|
|Hewick||2022 Galway Plate winner||Did not run||66/1|
*All Cheltenham Gold Cup odds last updated on 17th March and subject to change.
As you can see, there are a whole host of runners with valid claims to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but let’s focus on the favourites for now, as there’s way the eventual winner is most likely to come from.
Galopin Des Champs
Galopin Des Champs was vying for the honour of being Gold Cup ante-post favourite as soon as last year’s race had been run, but unusually it was off the back of failing to win the Turners Novices’ Chase at the 2022 Festival. Galopin Des Champs had opened up a 12 length lead heading to the last before falling, but his dominance to that point was deemed enough to warrant favouritism. He has since gone on to win both the BoyleSports Gold Cup and John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, impressing on both occasions and seeing his odds shorten further for the big one in March.
A Plus Tard
When it comes to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, A Plus Tard has already been there and done it, finishing runner-up in 2021 to Minella Indo before reversing the order to win 12 months later. His return to the track in the Betfair Chase proved less successful, being pulled up three out. A Plus Tard’s Cheltenham Gold Cup odds took a hit off the back of that showing, but it’d be dangerous to put a line through the defending champion’s hopes based on one run.
Bravemansgame’s last two outings have taken him from being a lively outsider to a genuinely contender for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He followed a win in the Charlie Hall Chase by taking the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, and connections will hope a run of six wins in seven races can be extended come mid-March.
Noble Yeats is a name that will be familiar to most, after defying the record books to become the first 7 year old winner of the Grand National since 1940. Far from becoming a one race wonder, he has since upset Run Wild Fred to comfortably win the M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase, before seeing of all comers to take the Many Clouds Chase in December. Winning both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National would be no mean feat though, following in the footsteps of just two horses – L’Escargot in the 1970’s and Golden Miller who won both races in 1934.
Stattler has been lightly raced since winning the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in 2022. His only outing at the time of writing saw former Gold Cup winner Minella Indo beat him by a neck in Tramore’s New Year’s Day Chase.
Third in the 2022 Gold Cup by over 17 lengths, most doubted whether he’d be able to contend a year later. However an impressive win in November’s Betfair Chase has given renewed hope as the Cheltenham Festival draws ever closer.
Few saw Ahoy Senor as a genuine Gold Cup contender as recently as the turn of the year, with the eight year old available at 50/1 after finishing over 30 lengths off the pace in the King George. He was mightily impressive on Cheltenham Trials Day though, seeing off the challenges of Noble Yeats and Protektorat to win the Cotswold Chase.
Cheltenham Gold Cup past winners
There are always contrasting views as to the importance of past performance heading into big races like the Gold Cup. Kauto Star and Al Boum Photo have both won the race on more than one occasion in recent years, so there’s certainly some merit in backing repeat winners if the horse is good enough. Check out the roll of honour as we recall the most recent Cheltenham Gold Cup winners.
- 2022 – A Plus Tard (3/1 fav)
- 2021 – Minella Indo (9/1)
- 2020 – Al Boum Photo (100/30 fav)
- 2019 – Al Boum Photo (12/1)
- 2018 – Native River (5/1)
- 2017 – Sizing John (7/1)
- 2016 – Don Cossack (9/4 fav)
- 2015 – Coneygree (7/1)
- 2014 – Lord Windermere (20/1)
- 2013 – Bob’s Worth (11/4 fav)
- 2012 – Synchronised (8/1)
- 2011 – Long Run (7/2 fav)
- 2010 – Imperial Commander (7/1)
- 2009 – Kauto Star (7/4 fav)
- 2008 – Denman (9/4)
- 2007 – Kauto Star (5/4 fav)
Cheltenham Gold Cup betting trends
Going back through previous Gold Cups is one way to try and find the winner of the race, or to at least eliminate some horses and produce a shortlist of potential Gold Cup winners.
Key Cheltenham Gold Cup betting trends
- 10/10 – Had raced at Cheltenham previously
- 9/10 – Had previously won at least one race of 3 miles or more
- 8/10 – Won at single-figure odds (9/1 or less)
- 7/10 – Aged exactly 8 years old
- 7/10 – Won their most recent race
- 5/10 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
- 4/10 – Won by the favourite
- 2/10 – Henry de Bromhead was trainer
- 2/10 – W P Mullins was trainer
- 2/10 – Aged 7 years old or less
- 1/10 – Aged 9 years old or older
- 1/10 – Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the previous year
It would seem that an 8 year old horse with Cheltenham experience, coming in off the back of a win, is going to appeal, while punters shouldn’t be put off taking on the favourite if recent results are anything to go by.
How to watch and stream the Cheltenham Gold Cup
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar, so it’s no surprise that you can watch the drama unfold on ITV. However not all the day’s races are covered on the channel, so it’s worth looking at streaming as an alternative options, especially as that’s a service provided for free by the majority of bookmakers.
Having the ability to cash out your bets midrace is another perk of watching the race unfold online, so it’s good to work out the best option for you in advance, to avoid a late panic when race day arrives.
Cheltenham Gold Cup FAQs
What date is Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023?
The Cheltenham Festival is generally scheduled to coincide with St Patrick’s Day, and the Gold Cup always takes places on a Friday, meaning this year’s race will take place on Friday 17th March 2023.
Who won Gold Cup 2022?
Rachael Blackmore rode A Plus Tard to victory by 15 lengths in the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup, securing a 1-2 for trainer Henry de Bromhead in the process.
What time is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The Gold Cup is scheduled to start at 3.30pm on Friday 17 March 2023.
Who are the runners in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The confirmed Cheltenham Gold Cup runners will be announced shortly before the race, but we already have a good idea of the main contenders, including previous winners A Plus Tard and Minella Indo. There’s also an expectation that Noble Yeats will look to follow up his Grand National victory with a Gold Cup attempt.
Has any horse won both the Gold Cup and Grand National?
Noble Yeats will be joining elite company if he goes on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup as only Golden Miller and L’Escargot and achieved the feat before.
Has a woman ever won the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
Rachael Blackmore followed up her 2021 Grand National triumph by becoming the first woman to ride a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in 2022. Blackmore is expected to be on board A Plus Tard once again in 2023.
Has any horse won the Gold Cup twice?
Eight horses have won the Gold Cup on more than one occasion, with Golden Miller actually coming out on top in five consecutive years between 1932 and 1936. The most recent double winners have been Kauto Star (2007 and 2009) and Al Boum Photo (2019 and 2020).