15:05 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Odds & Tips: Cheltenham 2021 – 19th March 2021

Native River could be the one to upset Al Boum Photo's Gold Cup hattrick bid

Horse Racing Betting

Here it is, the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting 2021 will take centre stage as the Blue Riband event of the Festival gets its outing on Friday.

This is the big Grade 1 feature of the National Hunt season, the biggest prize to claim over the fences.

This is a gruelling 3m 2f trip and there are 12 declared runners to look at for Cheltenham Gold Cup betting 2021.

The favourite for this year’s edition is AL BOUM PHOTO who looks to write himself into the history book by winning the Gold Cup once again.

Will AL BOUM PHOTO make it a straight hat-trick of Gold Cup successes? He won from a 10/3 SP last year to reclaim his crown (P Townend / W P Mullins).

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting

Al Boum Photo 3/1
A Plus Tard 10/3
Champ 5/1
Minella Indo 9/1
Santini 12/1
Frodon 14/1
Native River 14/1
Royale Pagaille 12/1
Kemboy 12/1
Lostintranslation 25/1
Aso 100/1
Black Op 125/1
* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports)

Horse Racing Betting at Boylesports

Al Boum Photo the 3/1 FAV in Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting

Will AL BOUM PHOTO make it three in a row at the Cheltenham Gold Cup? He is being well respected and well supported.

He is a current 3/1 quote in the outright market to get the job done again on Friday* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

So, he is setting himself up for a shot at being the headlining act of the entire festival again. Given his reappearance, he may have a big shot at it.

Al Boum Photo kicked off the season with a win at Tramore over a 2m 5f distance, storming away to a 10 length victory.

Obviously, this is going to be a much tougher ask than that Grade 3 contest, but it sharpens him up.

Last year he had comfortably won at Tramore before scoring the Festival.

It looks like he will thrive again at Cheltenham.

Native River
14/1 e/w


A Plus Tard is a big great to the favourite

A PLUS TARD comes into action as the 10/3 second-favourite* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

There is a good chance that he will be right in the frame as well.

He scored at Leopardstown over Christmas on a 3m trip ahead of Kemboy.

That was in a Grade 1 contest meaning that he needs to be considered for this.

Another plus for A Plus Tard is that he has decent Cheltenham Festival form behind him as well having won the 2019 novice handicap chase.

Last year he was third in the Ryanair so commands some respect and gives trainer Henry de Bromhead a potentially big say in this contest.

Champ can launch a bold bid

There should be a big effort coming in from CHAMP as well at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He is a 5/1 contender in this year’s Blue Riband event at the Festival* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

There was a second-place finish for him on his reappearance. Champ shaped well at Newbury on a short 2m trip after 11 months off the track.

Champ picked up the win in remarkable fashion in last year’s RSA at the Festival and that had followed a runner up at the Ballymore in 2019 as well.

The one slight issue with him perhaps is his jumping as he is not always the cleanest in that department.

However, he has a big run in him on what is his second run since a wind op.


Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends in the last decade

  • The longest priced winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup was 20/1 shot Lord Windermere in 2014
  • Five of the last ten winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been eight year olds
  • Each of the last seven winners had run their previous race no more than 72 days prior
  • Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins have both trained two of the last 10 winners
  • 9 of the last 10 Cheltenham Gold Cup winners had won their previous race
  • Four of the last ten winners have done so as favourites in Cheltenham Gold Cup betting
  • Only two of the last ten winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been outside of the top four in the market


Stayer Native River can have a say

NATIVE RIVER is good enough to have a say in this one if he turns up in the same kind of form that he was in on his latest effort.

41 days ago he picked up a victory in a Sandown Grade 2 contest when he produced a tremendous show of jumping ability.

He has the form of course as he won the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

If could pull it off he would become just the second ever to find a way to regain the Gold Cup crown.

Native River is a 14/1 quote to collect the victory in Friday’s showcase event* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

That recent win at Sandown was the second run of his season after having opened in solid enough fashion with a third-place finish on his reappearance.

A sprinkling of rain on Friday would help his cause out a little bit more as well. But he’s one to not dismiss.

Unknown Royale Pagaille to push on further

After kicking off this season in novice chases, ROYALE PAGAILLE has apparently kicked on strongly.

He was last seen in the Peter Marsh where he produced an impressive victory in that Kempton 3m effort.

He just bolted up from nowhere to score by a massive 16 lengths in the contest. That completed a hat-trick for him this season.

Royale Pagaille’s Peter Marsh success was eight weeks ago and he looks to have more in the tank.

He is an exciting contender in the field for this renewal of the famous race, and quite what he has to offer remains a bit of a mystery.

But at the same time he is here on merit as the 12/1 odds in Cheltenham Gold Cup betting will pique plenty of interest from punters* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).


Last 10 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting’ Winners (age, trainer, jockey)

  • 2020 Al Boum Photo, 8, W P Mullins, Paul Townend
  • 2019 Al Boum Photo, 7, W P Mullins, Paul Townend
  • 2018 Native River, 8, C Tizzard, Richard Johnson
  • 2017 Sizing John, 7, J Harrington, Robbie Power
  • 2016 Don Cossack, 9, G Elliott, Bryan Cooper
  • 2015 Coneygree, 8, M Bradstock, Nico De Boinville
  • 2014 Lord Windermere, 8, J H Culloty, Davy Russell
  • 2013 Bobs Worth, 8, N Henderson, B J Geraghty
  • 2012 Synchronised, 9, Jonjo O’Neill, A P McCoy
  • 2011 Long Run, 6, N Henderson, Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

Can Santini raise his game with new headgear?

It is the visor now that SANTINI is tried with as he enters at 11/1 in Cheltenham Gold Cup betting* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

One positive for him is that he has placed in his three Festival efforts before and twelve months ago he was second only to Al Boum Photo in this.

He couldn’t quite find enough to get closer on the day, and this time around he is not arriving in the same kind of form.

Santini was up against Native River at Sandown on his latest and looked a bit of colour in terms of desire and effort put into town.

Can Minella Indo find another Festival win

MINELLA INDO was the 2019 Albrt Bartlet at the Cheltenham Festival and knocked on the door in the RSA last year.

So he has a decent enough course from him. Minella Indo kicked off this season with back to back wins, continuing on in good form for Henry de Bromhead.

The most recent action that he had was 40 days ago when he was fourth behind Kemboy in the Irish Gold Cup.

He faded a little bit in that one, but place claims are not out of the realms of probability.

Minella Indo is being respected in the market at 9/1* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

Rest of the runners

ASO faces a much tougher assignment in this one. He has placed twice in the Ryanair before and at Kelso two weeks ago was second to Cloth Cap who is this year’s Grand National favourite. This looks like a big ask.

BLACK OP has the cheekpieces on for the first time as he looks to leave behind some indifferent form this season.

His last two efforts have been the Ladbrokes Handicap and the King Geroge, and he was well held in both of them.

FRODON arrives back at Cheltenham after taking a win at King George on his latest effort. He went wire to wire in that one.

The 2019 Ryanair winner looks to be in very good shape this season, winning two of three. He may well bust a gut from the front and try to hang on.

Irish Gold Cup winner KEMBOY is in the mix for Willie Mullins. That was his fourth Group 1 success as he scored at Leopardstown on his latest.

There’s not much to speak of in terms of previous Festival form and there are better jumpers in this field as well.

LOSTINTRANSLATION posted a fifth place finish on his first run after another wind op a month ago. He was in great shape last season winning the Betfair Chase.

He was third in last year’s Gold Cup. But LostInTranslation doesn’t appear to be anywhere near that kind of form at the moment.

Predictions & Tips for Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Racing Odds

So here it is then. Cheltenham Gold Cup betting and it is NATIVE RIVER who is really hard to pass up at 14/1* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

His victory in the Cotswold Chase last time out was superb. He looked as good as ever in that with his jumping form and that’s something hugely positive for him to bring back to the table.

AL BOUM PHOTO can’t be dismissed for that hattrick bid in the Gold Cup. He produced a really sharp run on his reappearance that suggests that he’s not going to be far away from that.

Al Boum Photo comes in at a 3/1 option* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

We think that CHAMP has a chance at something in this one, in terms of claiming a place finish.

He had a good reappearance run after 11 months away from the action and as long as the jumping is there, then Champ does appear to have something special bubbling under the surface and is a 5 /1 quote* (betting odds taken at 22:15 GMT on March 18th, 2021 at Boylesports).

Boylesports Free Bet if 2nd or 3rd to SP FAV

For the Cheltenham Festival 2021 betting, Boylesports are running a horse racing betting promotion.

Place a bet on any horse at the Cheltenham Festival. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd to the starting price favourite, Betfred will refund your stake as a free bet.

There is a maximum refund of £20 per customer as a free bet.

Key Terms & Conditions

Stake refunded as a free bet if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd to the starting price favourite at the Cheltenham Festival. Max refund £20 per customer as a free bet. Applies to outright betting only and to win singles & win part of e/w singles only.

Applies to ante post best placed from 05/03/2021. Does not apply to unnamed 2nd Favs. Only the first bet on each race qualifies for promotions. If there are joint/co SP Favourites in the Race, they all shall be deemed as an SP Favourite.

2nd place refund applies only to races with 5 or more runners. 3rd place refund applies only to races with 8 or more runners. Free bets, cashout & void bets do not qualify for this promotions. Free bets will be applied within 1 hour and will expire after seven days.

18+ Please Gamble Responsibly. See bookmaker for full T&Cs