2020 Cheltenham Results and Reaction

Last Updated 9 Dec 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

As we wave goodbye to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, we take a look at the best Cheltenham results and reactions from 2020. There were certainly many talking points after the 2020 Cheltenham Festival though, including several races that already look to have an impact on the 2020 Grand National results and ante-post markets.

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Cheltenham Results 2020

Take a look at our analysis of the Cheltenham Festival results and how this could sway your Grand National Betting preferences for this year’s festival.

Cheltenham Results: Day 1

We got going with a great finish in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as the Nicky Henderson-trained Shishkin (6/1) got up on the line to get the better of the Gordon Elliott runner – Abacadabras. The pair pulled 11 lengths clear of the third – Chantry House, who was also trained by Nicky Henderson to give the Seven Barrows-based handler a 1-3 in the race and his first since Altior won the prize in 2016.

2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Shishkin (6/1)
  2. Abacadabras (11/4)
  3. Chantry Houls <15/2)

The Racing Post Arkle was next up and we saw an all-the-way success for the Henry De Bromhead-trained Put The Kettle on (16/1). He set a searching pace from the front and had enough left in the locker to see of the well-fancied Fakir D’oudairies, with Rouge Vif filling third.

2020 Racing Post Arkle Result

  1. Put The Kettle On (16/1)
  2. Fakir D’oudairies (3/1)
  3. Rouge Vif (9/1)

The third race on day one of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival was the Ultima Handicap Chase and it was the David Bridgewater runner – The Conditional – that landed the spoils. His 8 year-old stayed on the best up the Cheltenham hill to beat Kildisart by a neck in another cracking finish, with the joint-favourites, Discorama third and Vinndication fourth.

2020 Ultima Handicap Chase Result

  1. The Conditional (15/2)
  2. Kildisart (10/1)
  3. Discorama (11/2 jfav)
  4. Vinndication (11/2 jfav)

The day three highlight was next up – the Unibet Champion Hurdle – and it was all smiles for favourite backers here at the Nicky Henderson-trained Epantante was the easy three length winner. This 6 year-old provided Henderson with his eighth success in the Champion Hurdle and this third in the last four years. Sharjah filled second, with Darver Star taking third.

2020 Champion Hurdle Result

  1. Epatante (2/1 fav)
  2. Sharjah (16/1)
  3. Darver Star (17/2)

The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle was billed as a match-up between the classy Irish mares – Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle – and it didn’t disappoint. Benie Des Dieux was sent off as favourite but it was her main rival – Honeysuckle – that outfoxed her with a great ride from Rachael Blackmore.

2020 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Result

  1. Honeysuckle (9/4)
  2. Benie Des Dieux (4/6 fav)
  3. Elfie (16/1)

The sixth race on day one of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival was the Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase. This saw the two joint favourites – Imperial Aura and Galvin, who where both sent off at 4/1, fill the first two places. Hold The Note and Whatmore came home third and fourth.

2020 Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase Result

  1. Imperial Aura (4/1 jfav)
  2. Galvin (4/1 jfav)
  3. Hold The Note (10/1)
  4. Whatmore (14/1)

We ended day one of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with the National Hunt Challenge Cup – a race for the amateur riders over the gruelling 3m6f trip.

It’s normally the top amateur jockeys that come out on top here and that was again the case as the Jamie Codd-ridden Ravenhill got the better of the front-running Lord Du Mesnil. to give trainer Gordon Elliott his first winner at the 2020 meeting. Lamanver Pippin collected third.

National Hunt Challenge Cup Result

  1. Ravenhill (12/1)
  2. Lord Du Mesnil (11/2)
  3. Lamanver Pippin (33/1)

Day one ended 4-3 to the Great Britain-trained runners over the Irish, with the placepot paying only £32.

Cheltenham Results Day 2

Day two of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival started with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and all eyes were on the Gordon Elliott-trained Envoi Allen, who was many people’s banker of the meeting. This unbeaten 6 year-old landed the Champion Bumper at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and was looking to add this race to his CV. He didn’t disappoint either and came home an easy 4 ½ length winner under jockey Davy Russell. It was in-fact an Elliott 1-2 in the race as their Easywork filled second with the Willie Mullins runner – The Big Getaway – taking third.

2020 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Envoi Allen (4/7)
  2. Easywork (12/1)
  3. The Big Getaway (9/1)

Next up was the RSA Novices’ Chase and this turned out to be one of the races of the Festival. The Irish pair of Minella Indo and Allaho fought out the race for much of the way and looked to have the race between them up the hill. However, the Nicky Henderson-trained Champ has other ideas. Under Barry Geraghty, this 8 year-old flew up the Cheltenham hill to make up many lengths after jumping the last and eventually one by a length. It could be the Gold Cup next season for this improving staying chaser. Minella Indo plugged on well for second, with Allaho taking third.

2020 RSA Novices’ Chase Result

  1. Champ (4/1)
  2. Minella Indo (3/1)
  3. Allaho (5/2 fav)

The ultra-competitive Coral Cup was the third race on day two of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, and this saw another Barry Geraghty-ridden winner. He steered home Dame De Compagnie to the delight of favourite backers and it was another winner for the Nicky Henderson yard – their second on the day and their fourth of the meeting at that stage. Black Tears was second, while Thosedaysaregone (3rd) and Cracking Smart (4th) filled the minor honours.

2020 Coral Cup Result

  1. Dame De Compagnie (5/1 fav)
  2. Black Tears (12/1)
  3. Thosedaysaregone (10/1)

The day two feature was next up – the Queen Mother Champion Chase. It was a race that was being billed as one of the races of the Festival with a possible clash between Altior, Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi. However, with Alitor and Chacun Pour Soi both failing to make the race then all eyes were on Defi Du Seuil to record an easy win and follow-up his Triumph Hurdle Festival win of 2017 and his JLT Novices’ Chase success of 2019.

However, this Philip Hobbs runner flopped and could only manage fourth on the day. Leaving the Paul Nicholls runner – Politologue – to pick up the pieces. This popular grey was runner-up in 2019 but lead from the front to go one better in 2020. Trainer Paul Nicholls actually has a 1-2 in the race too as his Dynamite Dollars filled second, with Bun Doran in third.

2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase Result

  1. 1st Politologue (6/1)
  2. 2nd Dynamite Dollars (7/1)
  3. 3rd Bun Doran (33/1)

The Cross Country race was next up and this was a chance for the two-time Grand National winner – Tiger Roll – to strut his stuff. He’s won this race for the last two seasons and was an 8/11 shot to do so again. However, there is a new kid on the block in this sphere – the French-trained Easysland – and at 4 years Tiger Rolls younger it was the fresher legs that prevailed, with the current champ only second.

2020 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Result

  1. Easysland (3/1)
  2. Tiger Roll (8/11 fav)
  3. Out Sam (33/1)

The sixth race on day two was the Boodles Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle and it was another winner for the popular owner JP McManus as his Aramax powered home to win by a length. This was JP’s fourth winner in the day! Night Edition was second, with Saint D’oroux third and Recent Revelations fourth.

2020 Boodles Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Aramax (15/2)
  2. Night Edition (16/1)
  3. Saint D’oroux (14/1)
  4. Recent Revelations (14/1)

Day two at the Cheltenham Festival is always ended with the Champion Bumper – a race trainer Willie Mullins has won 9 times. He had another strong hand with his Appreciate It being sent off as the 15/8 favourite. However, it was his second of his three runners in the race – Ferny Hollow – that powered up the home straight to win by 2 ½ lengths. This gave the Cheveley Park Stud owners their second win on the day as they also own Envoi Allen. This provided Mullins with this first win at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

2020 Champion Bumper Result

  1. Ferny Hill (11/1)
  2. Appreciate It (15/8)
  3. Queens Brook (6/1)

The day two Cheltenham Festival results ended with two winning favourites from the 7 races, while we saw 3 UK-trained winners, 3 Irish winners and one from France. The day two placepot paid £352.00

Grand National 2018

Jockey Davy Russell on Tiger Roll (L) leads Jockey David Mullins on Pleasant Company over the last fence on his way to winning the Grand National horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Cheltenham Results: Day 3

With day two ending with a string of favourites winning and, therefore, some bad Cheltenham results for the bookmakers, it turned out to be more of the same on Day Three with the layers now running for cover with three of the first four favourites winning.

2020 JLT Novices’ Chase Result

  1. Samcro (4/1)
  2. Melon (14/1)
  3. Faugheen (3/1 fav)

Next up was the Pertemps Network Final Hurdle and is was a race that the Gordon Elliott-trained Sire Du Berlais was trying to win for a second year in a row. Rated 7lbs higher this time he had to improve, but he didn’t let his supporters down by winning the race again – this time by ½ a length. The well-backed The Storyteller was second as the joint favourite, while Tout Est Permis and Third Wind filled third and fourth. This win gave jockey Barry Geraghty his fourth win at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

2020 Pertemps Final Network Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Sire Du Berlais (10/1)
  2. The Storyteller (11/2 jfav)
  3. Tout Est Permis (12/1)
  4. Third Wind (12/1)

The Ryanair Chase was the third race and this is actually the feature contest on the third day. We saw a top front-running display from the popular Min, who eventually held off Saint Calvados by a neck, with the hot favourite A Plus Tard back in third. This win gave Min his first success at the Cheltenham track. This provided Mullins with his second win at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

2020 Ryanair Chase Result

  1. Min (2/1)
  2. Saint Calvados (16/1)
  3. A Plus Tard (7/4 fav)

The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle was next up and it was a chance to see the current staying hurdler – Paisley Park – in action. This Emma Lavelle runner was sent off as the 4/6 favourite but ran well below-par to only manage 7th. It meant a shock result that eventually saw the 50/1 shot Lisnagar Oscar take the £182k first prize, with Ronald Pump second and Barcardys third.

2020 Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

  1. Lisnagar Oscar (50/1)
  2. Ronald Pump (20/1)
  3. Bacardys (33/1)

The fifth race was the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase and this was another race that went to the favourite as the well-supported Simply The Betts got the job done by 1 ¼ lengths to give trainer Harry Whittington his first Cheltenham Festival winner. Happy Diva was second, with Mister Whitaker third and Oldgrangewood fourth.

Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate Result

  1. Simply The Betts (10/3 fav)
  2. Happy Diva (20/1)
  3. Mister Whitaker (22/1)
  4. Oldgrangewood (11/1)

The Mares Novices’ Hurdle was next and this is a race that the Willie Mullins yard have made their own in recent years – they’ve won all the previous runnings of the race. Mullins was mob-handed again this year and he didn’t let his backers down as his Concertista, who was a short-head runner-up in the race last year, powered away to win by an easy 12 lengths. Mullins made it a 1-2 in the race too, with his Dolcita second and Rayna’s World third.

2020 Mares’ Novices Hurdle Result

  1. Concertista (9/2)
  2. Dolcita (9/1)
  3. Rayna’s World (100/1)

Day three ended with the Kim Muir, another race for the amateur riders. Last year’s runner-up, Kilfilum Cross, ran a top race to be second at 8/1, but this was another race that went to the Gordon Elliott yard as their Milan Native took the honours at 9/1. Kilfilum Cross managed to take second again, with Bob Maher third and Plan Of Attack fourth.

2020 Kim Muir Handicap Chase Result

  1. Milan Native (9/1)
  2. Kilfilum Cross (8/1)
  3. Bob Maher (16/1)
  4. Plan Of Attack (10/1)

With five Irish-trained winners on day three then Ireland fought back in the Prestbury Cup battle, while the 2020 Cheltenham Day three placepot paid a decent £2,556.80

Cheltenham Results: Day 4

We started the final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with the Triumph Hurdle – and it was certainly an eventful one. The Gary Moore-trained Goshen was sent off as the 5/2 favourite and everything looked to be going to plan for the horse as he powered up the Cheltenham Hill to jump the last around 10 lengths clear. However, he seemed to get his front hoof caught with his back leg on landing after the final hurdle and that led to the horse unseating his jockey Jamie Moore. The good news was the horse and jockey were not injured and it was still a very promising effort – he’s only 4 years-old so there should still be plenty more to come from him.

This unseat gave all those in behind another chance and it was left to the Willie Mullins runner – Burning Victory – to take the race under Paul Townend, with Aspire Tower filling second and the front-running Allmankind taking third.

2020 Triumph Hurdle Result

  1. Burning Victory (12/1)
  2. Aspire Tower (5/1)
  3. Allmankind (7/2)

The County Hurdle was next and this was another race that rewarded favourite backers at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with Saint Roi going in. It was also another winner for jockey Barry Geraghty and another for trainer Willie Mullins – his second on the day and we are only two races in! Aramon took second, with Embittered third and Buildmeupbuttercup back in fourth.

2020 County Hurdle Result

  1. Saint Roi (11/2 fav)
  2. Aramon (8/1)
  3. Embittered (14/1)

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle was the third race on day three and we saw a thrilling finish and yet another Willie Mullins-trained winner. This time it was his Monkfish that battled on well to take the prize for the popular owner Rich Ricci and it also gave jockey Paul Townend his second winner on the final day. It was an Irish 1-2-3 in the race as Latest Exhibition took second and Fury Road was placed third.

2020 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Monkfish (5/1)
  2. Latest Exhibition (9/2)
  3. Fury Road (5/1)

It was the ‘big one’ next up as the Cheltenham Gold Cup took centre stage – the day four fourth race. With many chances it was a tight betting heat, but in a cracking renewal it went to last year’s winner – Al Boum Photo – who became the first back-to-back Gold Cup winner since Best Mate won the race three times between 2002 and 2004.

Al Boum Photo was eventually sent off as the 10/3 fav and managed to hold off the late challenge of Santini, who only went down by a neck in the end, with Lostintranslation also running a blinder to be third at 10/1. This win gave the Willie Mullins yard yet another winner on the day – their fourth, having won all of the opening four races on the final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup Results

  1. Al Boum Photo (10/3 fav)
  2. Santini (5/1)
  3. Lostintranslation (10/1)

The Foxhunters Chase followed the Gold Cup and it was another chance for the amateur riders to shine – this time over the Gold Cup trip too. The Mullins-trained Billaway was sent off as the 11/4 favourite as the top Irish handler was looking for his fifth win on the day, but his runner cold only manage second in the end – getting beaten by the 66/1 shot It Came To Pass, who powered clear to win by an easy 10 lengths. Last year’s runner-up Shantou Flyer was back in third, with Stalker Wallace filling fourth.

2020 Cheltenham Foxhunters Chase Result

  1. It Came To Pass (66/1)
  2. Billaway (11/4 fav)
  3. Shantou Flyer (3/1)

Race five on day four is the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap and this year we saw a fairly easy winner with the Gordon Elliott runner – Chosen Mate – going in as the well-backed 7/2 favourite. It was another winner for trainer Gordon Elliott – this seventh of the meeting.

2020 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

  1. Chosen Mate (7/2 fav)
  2. Éclair De Beaufeu (13/2)
  3. Us And Them (10/1)

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival curtain went down with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – a race that produced one of the finishes of the meeting. The Philip Hobbs runner – Pileon – looked to have the race in the bag when jumping the last clear of the rest, but the 25/1 shot Indefatigable flew up the Cheltenham hill to get up on the line and give his trainer Paul Webber his first success at the Festival.

2020 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  1. Indefatigable (25/1)
  2. Pileon (9/1)
  3. Great White Shark (40/1)

The day four placepot paid £58.60, while the final day winners for Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend saw this pair claim the top jockey and top trainer titles. Mullins record 7 2020 Festival wins, the same as Gordon Elliott, but he won the title on more placed horses, while Townend equalled Barry Geraghty with 5 2020 Cheltenham Festival wins, but – like Mullins – won on having more places.

Cheltenham Favourites – Where Did They Place?

From the 2020 Cheltenham Festival results we saw eight winning favourites (one joint) from the 28 races across the four days.

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival Will Provide More Grand National Clues

With the 2020 Cheltenham Festival staged a month before the Aintree Grand National Meeting then we’ll, once again, be able to get plenty of clues on potential runners that will head to the 2020 Grand National.

The 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Cross Country race have been good guides for horses to go onto contest the Grand National in recent years, so once these 2020 races have been run in March 2020, we’ll be back to look at the best horses to take out of those contests.

The 2018 and 2019 Grand National winner – Tiger Roll – was second in the 2020 Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival this year.

Cheltenham Runners on Track to Enter the Grand National

The runner up of the 2020 Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival – Tiger Roll – was the big talking point in terms of horses that ran well at Cheltenham that were also on target to run in the 2020 Grand National. This Gordon Elliott-trained 10 year-old was backed into around 8/1* after his recent Cheltenham success, meaning should he go onto win the world greatest steeplechasefor the third time on Saturday April 4th, this would be a terrible Grand National result for bookmakers.
*Odds subject to change.

That Cheltenham win was another notch in his belt at the Festival – having won two Cross Country races, a Triumph Hurdle, plus the 4m race there over the years – a top set of Cheltenham results that have made him a firm favourite with punters.

What do Cheltenham Results Mean for the Grand National?

Another horse to take out of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival that could head to the Grand National is Gold Cup contestant Bristol De Mai.

The 2019 Grand National top-weight – Bristol De Mai – could also head to Aintree in early April and is targeting the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup as well.

About the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the showpiece event at the four-day Cheltenham Festival, which is held each year in March. The race more often than not attracts the biggest betting turnover at the whole meeting.

A bit like the Grand National, the Gold Cup often attracts ‘once-a-year’ punters to place a bet on the race, which is another reason why the bookmakers like the race so much.

Run on the final day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival, the race is staged over a trip of 3m2 1/2f so a mix of stamina and speed are often wants needed when trying to find the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Golden Miller (1934) won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Aintree Grand National in the same season and remains the most-recent horse to win both these big races in the same year.
In more recent times, Best Mate, landed three Cheltenham Gold Cup between 2002 and 2004, while the popular Kauto Star became the first horse to win back his Gold Cup title with wins in 2007 and 2009.

The Willie Mullins yard grabbed their first Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2019 when the 7 year-old Al Boum Photo landed the spoils under jockey Paul Townend, who was also winning the race for the first time. The same horse followed up to win the Gold Cup in 2020 and become the first horse since Best Mate (2002, 2003 and 2004) to win the race in back-to-back seasons.
In the last 18 years we’ve seen 9 winning Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites land the prize, while every winner since 1999 has been aged 9 or younger.

Betting Markets

2019 Cheltenham Betting Market Results

  1. 1st – Al Boum Photo (10/3), Trainer: Willie Mullins, Jockey: Paul Townend
  2. 2nd – Santini (5/1)
  3. 3rd – Lostintranslation (10/1)

With the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite – Al Boum Photo (10/3) winning his second Gold Cup it was a great Cheltenham result for the punters.

With the Gold Cup not being a handicap then the traditional payouts for each-way returns is just the top three finishers, but many firms will enhance these terms to top four or five in a bid to attract customers. We can expect these extra-place offers to be on show in the lead-up to the 2020 Grand National too. Also, look out for faller insurance deals – meaning you’ll get a refund should your horse fall or unseat during the Grand National.

It always helps with their being many fancies leading up to the Gold Cup, so just like the Grand National this gives punters more options and more opinions on the races.

Bookmakers to Bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The following table contains all the important information about the best bookmakers where you can bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup and about their Cheltenham betting offers:

BookmakerBonus OfferOur RatingGet Promo Code
William HillWilliam Hill Sign Up Offer5/5Get William Hill Cheltenham Offer
UnibetCheltenham Bonus5/5Get Unibet Promo Code
Paddy PowerCheltenham New Customer Offer4/5Get Paddy Power Promo Code
bet365Available5/5Get bet365 Bonus Code

Unibet tends to provide their players with a plethora of promotions. Their welcome offer definitely deserves a big plus in our book as it allows you to stay in the game if your first bet loses. You can also enjoy the additional casino funds that come with this promotion. All in all, this is a really good welcome offer, in our opinion.

Paddy Power also gives you a risk free bet which helps you to bet more freely as a new customer on this platform. Yet the amount of their welcome bonus is not as high as the previous operator, but there are other perks of using this online bookie. You can find more about it in the online reviews of this online bookie.

As for bet365, we are happy to say that this already established brand has their own signup offers as well. To find out more about these promotions and this operator, make sure to visit their website and check out their Promotions page.

As you can see, there is a good reason why these three brands are in our review. It is now up to you to find the best option for yourself.

*all odds subjects to change. 

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