Throughout its history, the Cheltenham racecourse has been blessed with the presence of great champions and jockeys. Introduced in 1924, the Cheltenham Gold Cup revived the golden age of steeplechasing and made many jockeys famous. One of the most popular events on the UK calendar, numerous champions have won it multiple times, Arkle chief among them.
Every year, horse racing fans and punters are excited about the start of the Cheltenham Festival in March. A place of stunning sports action and camaraderie, it all culminates with the Gold Cup, the biggest of the 28 scheduled races. There’s no question that betting on the race is the biggest event – millions of pounds are placed in wagers every year. Bookmakers provide odds much earlier so punters have plenty of time to make bets instead of betting on a crowded day in March.
This is also the case for the 2020 edition. Al Boum Photo tops the list with odds of 4/1 in front of Kemboy and Lostintranslation with 7/1 and 8/1 respectively. Clan Des Obeaux is surprisingly priced 8/1, while Anibale Fly flies lower at 28/1. You can bet on the Cheltenham Festival 2020 at Freebets.com and not spend a dime out of your pocket. How? Well, by earning free bets. They are a great way to pick your favourite and possibly win a nice sum of money without spending your hard-earned salary. Plus, who would pass on free money?
As mentioned, the Gold Cup has seen many horses do incredible feats and go down as legends in its Roll of Honour. From Arkle to last year’s winner Al Boum Photo, it has been the site of legendary battles. Below you can see a list of horses that have made a mark at Cheltenham in the last decade.
Local-trained Imperial Commander won the 2009 Ryanair Chase and completed a championship double after landing the Gold Cup in 2010. He won the Paddy Power Gold Cup in 2008 ridden by Paddy Brennan. In total, Imperial Commander won 6 times at Cheltenham and is one of the legends of the racecourse.
Long Run’s stellar performance in 2011 will stay forever stay in the minds of Gold Cup fans. The horse beat Denman and one of the biggest Cheltenham stars Kauto Star, a two-time Gold Cup winner and one of the biggest National Hunt champions of all time.
Trained by the legendary Nicky Henderson, the only trainer with 50 Cheltenham winners, Bobs Worth dominate the festival in 2013. The 2013 Gold Cup champion won 9 out of 12 Cheltenham races including the RSA Chase in 2012 and Albert Bartlett a year earlier. Bobs Worth is also the only horse in over 40 years to win 3 different races at consecutive Cheltenham festivals.
Coneygree became the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in over 40 years in 2015. Sadly, his career was plagued by injuries and he never managed to run the Gold Cup again. It was cut short last year after a string of injuries. Coneygree retired with 9 wins from a total of 18 races.
An Irish-bred and British-trained horse, Native River is one of the best steeplechasers out there. A horse with nearly infinite stamina, Native River won the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He also holds notable victories at the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2016, the Welsh Grand National that same year, and is a two-time Denman Chase champion from 2017 and 2018.