Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting – 2017 Horse Race Preview

Cheltenham Betting Preview

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Preview
The pinnacle for punters of horse racing this week will be the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting opportunities. The race is considered to be one of the most popular horse races in Britain. It is definitely the most popular steeplechase race. It is the most renowned of all National Hunt events and it is part of the Cheltenham Festival. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup, as a steeplechase race was held in 1924. The first race called the Cheltenham Gold Cup was held in 1819, but it was a flat race. Timico is the current sponsor of the Gold Cup with a deal until 2019. [toc]

The race takes place at the New Court at Cheltenham. The surface is turf, the track is left handed and it is 3 miles and 2 ½ furlongs long. Horses aged 5 years or older are allowed to participate in the race. The total prize purse now exceeds half a million and the winner can expect a prize of over £300,000. The amount that punters wager on Cheltenham Gold Cup betting is measured in millions. The race always attracts huge crowds, viewers and punters alike.

2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Preview

As you will see, in the past five years the favourite won only twice. Moreover, three of the last five winners had odds equal to or higher than 7/1. These odds would guarantee a pretty decent profit, even if you don’t wager a large amount of money. Surprises are quite common in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting. This is why the odds for the favourite to win are usually not much higher than the odds for the horse which is rated second or third.

For this year’s race there is a pretty small margin of difference between the odds offered for the favourite and the second and third rated horse. This indicates that we will witness a tight and close race.

Cue Card

The Cue Card is this year’s favourite. The odds for this horse to win are either 3/1 or 7/2 with most bookmakers. Cue Card is an 11-year old gelding owned by Jean Bishop with plenty of races and a win rate of 45.71%. It is no surprise that the horse is considered to be the favourite for the upcoming Cheltenham Gold Cup betting.

Native River

Native River is a 7-year old gelding that has competed in 18 races so far and managed to win half of them. The best odds that you can get for this horse to win are 4/1. This means that bookies feel that the difference between Native River and Cue Card is marginal at best. The third rated Djakadam has a solid chance of winning and the odds for that are 4/1 or 9/2 at most betting sites. This means that the perceived difference in quality between Djakadam and Native River is even smaller.

The above indicates that there is a big possibility for these three horses to take the top three spots at the Gold Cup. The odds that each of the three horses will finish in the top three in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting are close to evens.  But one shouldn’t write off the chances of the other participants, especially since there are 28 participants.

Sizing John and Outlander

Sizing John, trained by Mrs John Harrington is given odds of 8/1, 9/1 or 10/1 depending on the bookmaker. One should not write off the chances of this 7-year old gelding. The chances for the Outlander are pretty much the same. It could be said that these two horses are definitely in the category of possible winners.


The remaining horses are considered to have significantly lower chances. However Champagne West, Bristol De Mai, More Of That, Empire Of Dirt and Don Poli stand certain chances as do Minella Rocco and Vroum Vroum Mag. The odds for all of these 7 horses vary between 16/1 and 33/1. Some bookies give higher odds for one of them and lower for another and vice versa.

Surprises Happen Often at the Cheltenham Gold Cup

A win for any of the horses that weren’t mentioned will be nothing short of a miracle. There are horses for which odds at 100/1 or even 200/1 are offered. However, older punters may remember that the odds for the 1990’s winner Norton's Coin were set at 100/1 before the race. Mr Mulligan won at odds 20/1 in 1997. The following 1998 Cool Dawn won at odds 25/1.

One can bet that at least one of the top three rated horses will not manage to secure a top 3 spot. The odds for each of the other horses to finish in the top 3 are about 3/1 and higher. This could be a possible angle for a bet to have.

Last Five Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners

The Gold Cup in 2016 was the 88th Cheltenham Gold Cup and it was held on March 18. That year, Don Cossack, a stud horse which was favourite to win the race at odds 9/4 won the race by 4 ½ lengths and the third horse was 10 lengths behind the second. An interesting fact is that the three horses in the first three places were trained in Ireland. Don Cossack was 9 years old at the time of the rice, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Bryan Cooper.

The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup was remarkable in many ways. The winning horse, Coneygree won by a much shorter margin of only 1 ½ lengths, but more importantly the 8-year old horse ridden by Nico de Boinville and trained by Mark Bradstock was the first rookie to win the Gold Cup since the 1974 race. The odds for Coneygree to win were 7/1, whereas the favourite finished 7th.

Lord Windermere is the name of the horse that won in 2014. Jockey Davy Russell and trainer Jim Culloty managed to succeed against all odds, as their horse was given only 20/1 chances of winning. The favourite, Bobs Worth at 11/4 odds managed to win in 2013, but in 2012 it was Synchronised, a horse which was given odds of 8/1 that managed to win the race. The horse who finished second and managed to earn its owner over £100,000 was The Giant Bolster, at odds 50/1.

100% up to £10 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins
T & C Apply, 18+,
400% up to £20
T & C Apply. 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with CashOut. Free bet valid for 4 days.
300% up to £30
New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘SPORTS60’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&C's apply.
50% up to £50
New customers only. Min Deposit £10. Deposit & bonus amount must be wagered 6 times (min odds 4/5) prior to withdrawing bonus funds and any winnings. Wins from real money bets withdrawable at any time. Bonus on sports betting only. T&Cs apply.
100% up to £100
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&C's apply.
100% up to £10
New customer only, Max one £10 free bet, Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 2.0 (1.1) or Greater, Paid as bonus token with min odds reg, T&C Apply. 18+ only.
100% up to £100
New Customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply
5% up to £20
Only available to new customers. Min. deposit £20 (no Skrill/Neteller). Cashback capped at £20. Max bet £100. Only valid on sports betting with min odds 3/4 (1.75). Must wager £400 for full cashback. Offer expires after 30 days. 18+. T&C apply.
300% up to £30
New customers using Promo Code P30 only, min £10/€10 stake, min odds ½, free bets paid as £15/€15 (30 days expiry), free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
100% up to €/£50
New Customers; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 50% of deposit up to €/£50; 8 x deposit and bonus turnover (min. odds 4/5 on singles and 2/5 per selection on acca bets), in 30 days, for bonus release; Some bet types don’t contribute to turnover; Withdrawal before turnover results in bonus cancellation; Terms apply, 18+
300% up to £30
New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 (£20 e/w) placed on any sports markets - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply - full T&C’s apply
400% up to €30 Sports + €10 Casino
18+. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. First bet only. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. 20x wagering requirement & max win cap £250. 14 days to accept Casino bonus. Once accepted it is active for 3 days. Cashed out bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. IRE/NI customers only. T&Cs apply ⇓ **18+. Opt in. UK/IRE customers only. Max Stake £/€20. Max free bet £/€500. 1st pre live single on selected markets. 90 mins only. Free/cashed out/combined Odds bets won’t qualify. Free bet expires after 7 days. T&Cs apply.
100% up to £25
T & C Apply, 18+,
100% up to £10
New customers only. Expires 31/12/19. Qualifying bet £10 on any sports double within 48 hours of registration - Min odds 1.7 per selection. Max free bet £10 to be used at odds 1.7 and above per selection. Free bets issued after qualifying bet is settled and expire after 7 days. Skrill and Neteller deposits excluded. 18+ BeGambleAware. Full terms apply.
100% up to £50
New customers only. Valid once per customer. Bonus expires after 30 days. Offer expires 31.08.19. 7x turnover at 1.6 minimum odds before withdrawal. Skrill deposits excluded. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.

Relevant news

Leave a Reply