Few horse races in the world attract as much sports betting attention than the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This iconic and historic race, which runs on the last day of Cheltenham Festival each March, features the very best thoroughbred horses in Europe.

If you enjoy betting on the likes of the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, then you’re sure to love the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In 2021 there will be no spectators in the famous Cheltenham grandstands but that doesn’t make the $865,000 Gold Cup any less exhilarating to watch and bet on.

Here, we take you through the best Cheltenham betting tips and picks, so you can make the smartest bets while perusing the latest odds.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Date, Start Time and Livestream

The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place every spring in the UK and marks the pinnacle of the National Hunt season. The Gold Cup is the biggest race on the Friday of the Festival and starts in the morning for American bettors. There is a huge prize purse to be won at the Cheltenham Gold Cup and legends are made on the lush green turf every year.

The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup starts at 11:05am ET on Friday, March 19th. Build-up to the big race begins at the start of the day, while the excitement grows as the race gets closer. During this time the horse racing odds will be feverishly fluctuating as bettors make picks for the run. We have listed the best US sportsbooks to bet on during Cheltenham, with some of them expected to offer Cheltenham livestream services during the Festival.

ESPN will broadcast the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the United States, while a number of US bookmakers may also show the race.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Latest Odds

As we wait for the Cheltenham Gold Cup to start, let’s look at the latest Cheltenham Gold Cup odds.

Al Baum Photo +275
A Plus Tard +600
Champ +600
Royale Pagaille +1000
Kemboy +1400
Santini +1400
Frodon +1600
Minella Indo +1600
Native River +1600
Allaho +3300
Lostintranslation +3300
Cyrname +5000
Imperial Aura +5000

All other runners priced at +5000 or greater. Visit Bovada for the latest odds and to bet on the latest horse racing action.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Predictions

As the above Cheltenham Gold Cup odds show, Al Boum Photo is the clear favorite to win what would be a third straight victory. And it’s not hard to see why the horse is such a heavy favorite. Al Boum Photo won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in both 2019 and 2020, becoming one of just a handful of horses to ever claim this race twice. A third time in 2021 would write his name in legend.

Online horse racing tipsters will be backing Al Boum Photo to charge to victory and a smart tip for those looking at the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds is to get your bets in early. That’s because sports bets shrink when people back them, and expand when bettors neglect them. In the days and hours leading up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup the odds on Al Boum Photo are expected to plummet.

Outside of Al Boum Photo, Champ at +600 in the US Cheltenham betting markets is worth looking at. The nine-year-old finished second at Newbury last month under Nico De Boinville and has plenty to give here, having won at Cheltenham last year before undergoing wind surgery in the fall.

Meanwhile, a horse that could well push Al Boum Photo all the way on Friday is Royale Pagaille (+1000). The French seven-year-old has American stock in its breeding and has won his last three races. Those all came over the winter and included a +1100 victory at Haydock. Royale Pagaille is good for his price.

honeysuckle horse racing at cheltenham cup festival

Horses racing at the Cheltenham Festival, which takes place days before the Cup.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Outside Bets

Away from the favourites there are two real contenders for the Cheltenham Gold Cup that bettors should be aware of. The first is Santini (+1400), who came second to Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup in 2020. Santini is an experienced Cheltenham runner but has fallen out of form since winning on this racecourse back in January last year. A pre-Gold Cup test at Sandown last month saw Santini finish third, with other outside pick Native River storming to victory.

Indeed, many horse racing betting tipsters will be rounding on Native River this week. Priced at +1600, this horse is the big outside bet for the Gold Cup. Native River came fourth in the 2019 Gold Cup but has since proved his stamina over the distance, winning three of his last four races. The recent triumph at Sandown saw him cruise to victory by almost 10 lengths and jockey Richard Johnson knows how to steer winners home.

For those looking at Each Way bets, Lostintranslation (+3300) is being looked at as a possible upset here. The nine-year-old is another with American breeding in its legs and iconic trainer Colin Tizzard will have quiet hopes of a place from this outside pick.

How to Bet on Cheltenham

Betting on Cheltenham is very straightforward, but first requires you to select a bookmaker and sign up for an account. Our sports betting experts have reviewed the best horse racing sites to bring you the ultimate guide to each racebook.

No matter which bookmaker you join, the method to Gold Cup betting is the same. First make sure you make a deposit in your account and then head over to the Cheltenham odds. You’ll find a list of the horses running in the Gold Cup, as well as their prices. Simply click on your chosen horse, enter your stake into the bet slip and confirm your bet to place it.

Now, many online sportsbooks let you place each way, exacta and trifecta bets too. Here’s a quick explanation of what these special bets are…

  • Each Way bet: A bet where you split your stake into two – a win bet and a place bet. If your horse wins, you win both bets. If your horse places (e.g. finishes second, third or fourth) you only win your place bet. E/W bets are a great bet type when backing outsiders.
  • Exacta bet: A bet where you select which horses you think will finish first and second. This is a great bet for increasing odds.
  • Trifecta bet: A trifecta bet is exactly the same as an exacta bet but instead of the first two places, you bet on the first three.

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Veronica Taylor

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