Cheltenham Friday 15.30 Odds – Photo is 4/1 with Coral to finish in front again

Photo in the Gold Cup frame again

Cheltenham Festival

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is the focal point of The Festival.

Run on the New course at Cheltenham, the Grade 1 chase over 3m2f provides the highlight of the four-day Cheltenham Festival and, with prize money of £625,000, is the most valuable jumps race in Britain and Ireland after the Grand National.

The Gold Cup represents the ultimate challenge for the very best staying chasers, with 22 fences to be jumped and a punishing finish up the famous Cheltenham hill.

Chasing greats such as Golden Miller, Arkle, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star have been successful but the race has also thrown up its fair share of shock results.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Recent Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2019 Al Boum Photo 7 P Townend W Mullins
2018 Native River 8 R Johnson C Tizzard
2017 Sizing John 7 R Power J Harrington
2016 Don Cossack 9 B Cooper G Elliott
2015 Coneygree 8 N de Boinville M Bradstock
2014 Lord Windermere 8 D Russell J Culloty
2013 Bobs Worth 8 B Geraghty N Henderson
2012 Synchronised 8 A McCoy J O’Neill
2011 Long Run 6 S Waley-Cohen N Henderson
2010 Imperial Commander 9 P Brennan N Twiston-Davies
2009 Kauto Star 9 R Walsh P Nicholls
2008 Denman 8 S Thomas P Nicholls
2007 Kauto Star 7 R Walsh P Nicholls
2006 War Of Attrition 7 C O’Dwyer M Morris
2005 Kicking King 7 B Geraghty T Taaffe
2004 Best Mate 9 J Culloty H Knight
2003 Best Mate 8 J Culloty H Knight
2002 Best Mate 7 J Culloty H Knight
2001 NO RACE
2000 Looks Like Trouble 8 R Johnson N Chance
1999 See More Business 9 M Fitzgerald P Nicholls

Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends

  • 100 per cent of the last 20 winners were aged nine or younger.
  • 89 per cent of the last 19 winners finished either first and second in their previous start.
  • 100 per cent of the last 20 winners were already Grade 1 winners.
  • 94 per cent of the last 19 winners had raced no more than 12 times over fences.
  • 92 per cent of the last 12 winners had run no more than three times that season.

Cheltenham Festival Betting at Betfred

Cheltenham Gold Cup Current Best Odds

Al Boum Photo and Santini 4/1
Delta Work 11/2
Lostintranslation 7/1
Clan Des Obeaux 8/1
Kemboy 10/1
Presenting Percy 12/1
Bristol De Mai, Chris’s Dream and Monalee 25/1
Real Steel 66/1
Elegant Escape 80/1
(Odds correct at 12.30 GMT, March 11)

Photo in the frame again

AL BOUM PHOTO has raced just twice since winning the Gold Cup last year.
He was second to stablemate Kemboy at Punchestown last May and won a minor contest at Tramore on his return to action.
That will have blown away any cobwebs and his preparation has gone as well as it could so there is no reason why Paul Townend’s mount wont give Willie Mullins back-to-back successes in a race which he’d previously struggled to conquer.
The 4/1 with Coral is well worth considering.

Henderson contender still an unknown quantity

Santini won the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January, beating last year’s third Bristol De Mai.
He was second in the RSA Chase at The Festival last year so the fences will hold no fears for Nicky Henderson’s entry but he probably still has a bit to prove at the very highest level over fences.
A general 4/1, there are almost certainly better options at bigger prices.

Lostintranslation looking to bounce back

Colin Tizzard was left scratching his head after Lostintranslation ran a lifeless race in the King George at Kempton won by Clan Des Obeaux.
He’d proved too strong for Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase at Haydock earlier and would have outstanding claims on that form.
There are hopes that a wind operation will have sorted out perceived issues but we will all be left wondering which version of this smart chaser, placed at last year’s Festival, will turn up – he is 7/1 with Betvictor.

Delta still has Work to do

Delta Work has won his last two, both Grade 1 races, and there are high hopes that he’s ready to pass his toughest test to date.
The seven-year-old, a general 11/2, was a winner over hurdles at Cheltenham in 2018 but behind Santini last year and Clan Des Obeaux had him behind at Down Royal in November.
Improvement will likely be needed but his jumping is better now and he beat Kemboy and Presenting Percy last time at Leopardstown.

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