Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds 2023
Cheltenham Festival 2023
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the blue riband event in steeplechasing where the best horses meet at level weights over three and a quarter miles. The race was first run over fences in 1924 and the legendary Golden Miller won it for a record five consecutive seasons from 1932 to 1936. Arkle, still rated by many as the greatest steeplechaser of all time, completed a hat-trick of Gold Cup victories from 1964 to 1966.
In more recent times, Best Mate (2002-2004) became the fourth horse to claim three wins in the race and Kauto Star (2007, 2009) the first to reclaim the Gold Cup after losing it. Norton’s Coin produced a 100-1 shock in 1990 and Desert Orchid’s 1989 victory was widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting races in history. This year’s race features a rematch between last year’s first and second, Minella Indo and A Plus Tard while the progressive Galvin is disputing favouritism in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds 2023.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds and Entries 2023
The Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds have remained virtually unchanged in recent weeks. The last significant market mover was Galvin who was slashed from 16-1 to 5-1 after pipping A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase at the end of December. That last-gasp victory shows how much Gordon Elliott’s gelding has improved since winning the National Hunt Chase at the corresponding fixture.
A Plus Tard has remained steady at the head of the market and is still preferred to stable companion Minella Indo who beat him by a length and a quarter last season. Al Boum Photo was beaten five and a half lengths into third when attempting the hat-trick and all three horses are reported in good shape ahead of next Friday’s race.
Willie Mullins has confirmed that King George VI Chase winner Tornado Flyer will take his chance. The nine-year-old started at 28-1 at Kempton but is less than half those odds to complete the big race double. Mullins is yet to decide whether to run the enigmatic Asterion Forlonge, a last fence faller at Kempton and seemingly full of running when unseating his rider at Punchestown previously.
Irish Gold Cup winner Conflated also faces a late decision from the Gordon Elliott camp. The owners are thought to be leaning towards the Ryanair Chase while the trainer is convinced the Gold Cup is the better option. Protektorat is rated the best of the home team in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds at 8-1, freshened up by trainer Dan Skelton since romping to victory at Aintree in December.
Cheltenham Festival 2023
Latest Cheltenham Gold Cup odds *
*Best prices at the time of writing
A Plus Tard 7-2
Minella Indo 5-1
Al Boum Photo 10-1
Tornado Flyer 12-1
Chantry House 16-1
Royale Pagaille 20-1
Asterion Forlonge 25-1
Mount Ida 33-1
Ahoy Senor 40-1
Aye Right 66-1
Cheltenham Gold Cup News
Gordon Elliott is in bullish mood as he prepares to banish the memory of last year’s Cheltenham Festival. He was serving a suspension at this time last year but is returning with a very strong team, matched only by Willie Mullins in terms of both quality and numbers. He could be doubly represented in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with joint-favourite Galvin and 12-1 chance Conflated.
Whether or not he persuades his owners to run Conflated, there is no doubt that he rates Galvin his best chance of adding to the 2016 Gold Cup success of Don Cossack. Galvin’s work since Leopardstown has been impressive and there are no stamina concerns for this out-and-out stayer.
Willie Mullins admitted to being less than happy with dual Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo a fortnight ago but the horse has pleased him in his latest work on the home gallops. Tornado Flyer also goes there with every chance, although his stamina is yet to be tested beyond three miles.
Dan Skelton is convinced that his policy of freshening up his horses for the Cheltenham Festival will pay dividends. Protektorat allayed fears about his stamina when bolting up at Aintree over three miles. Nicky Henderson’s Chantry Bridge was pulled up in the King George and a hard-earned win in the Cotswold Chase caused no more than a ripple in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds.
The pick of the outsiders could be Royale Pagaille, fifth last year on unsuitably fast ground for Venetia Williams. He has run well in his three races this season and would have each-way claims if the going turns soft or heavy.