Horse Racing

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019: Everything you need to Know

Are you looking to place a bet on the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup? Is it your first time? Are you looking for a step by step guide? Would you like a free bet?

If the answer to the above questions is correct you have landed on the correct site.

The Gold Cup is the pinnacle event of the Cheltenham Festival and the Jumping season. The grade 1 race takes place on the fourth day of the festival. The National Hunt horse race is run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs. 22 fences are jumped during the race.

Betting on the Cheltenham Festival and the Gold Cup is quite prolific. Anyone who likes to place a bet has one on the Gold Cup.

If you’re a novice follow our guide to placing a bet on this superb race. There is a FAQ section further down the page which answers all of your questions you might have about the racing calender’s major race.

Placing a Bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Here is everything you need to know about placing a bet on one of the most thrilling races of the season.

You only need to do five things to place a bet using an online betting site:

  1. Select your favoured horse(s) from the list of runners and riders and note their name(s) and number(s).
  2. Decide the amount – or stake – you are comfortable to bet with.
  3. Choose the type of bet you would like to place.
  4. Decide which betting operator you are going to place your bet with – Open an account with your chosen horse betting site .
  5. Read the terms and conditions of any free bet offers the bookie has available
  6. Navigate to the racing section and scroll through until you see the correct coupon, if you are placing your bet days, weeks or month ahead of the big race the coupon will be located in the antepost section
  7. Click on the odds that correspond with your chosen horse, this will complete the betting slip for you then,
  8. Enter your stake – you will be able to see you potential return
  9. Tell the betting operator the horse’s number, the amount you want to bet and the type of bet eg “Number 5, £5 each-way”


When is the 2019 Gold Cup?

The race takes place at 3.30pm on Friday 15th March 2019. It is the final championship race and it takes place on day four, the Gold Cup day of the festival

How Long is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The race is run over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs.

Which Course is Used?

The race takes place on the New Course

How Many Fences are Jumped?

22 fences are jumped during the race.

What Kind of Race is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The jockeys lead the horses over 22 fences, this is a pinnacle race in the National Hunt calendar.

How Old are the Horses?

The race is open to horses aged five years and over.

What is the Prize Money?

The prize fund for the Gold Cup is over £600,000! Last year’s winner Native River took home £369,821 for finishing first.

Which bookies are Best Odds Guaranteed?

This hasn’t been confirmed yet but as soon as they do we will be sure to let you know. It is usual for most of the big bookies to go BOG on the Gold Cup.

Which bookies are paying extra places?

Again, this has not yet been confirmed but we will be sure to up date you as soon as we know.

What are the Latest Odds?

Antepost betting odds are available now for anyone who fancies placing theirs bets in advance to get better odds ahead of the crowd. All of the leading bookies have their odds available now.

Which jockeys and trainers have won the Gold Cup the most? 

The roll of honour features the names of such chasers as Arkle, Best Mate, Golden Miller, Kauto Star and Mill House. There haven’t been any record holders for most successful horse, leading jockey or trainer. But winning horses have been generally 7 or 8 years old.

Where Can I Find Out the Latest News?

Many of the bookmakers have a blog where you can find the latest about horses, jockeys and trainers looking to take part in the big race. 888sport are our favourite bookmakers far racing news. The Cheltenham Racecourse website is also a great source of information.

Where can I watch the race live online?

The race will be shown live on Racing TV and ITV. But if you are placing a bet then why not watch it with one of the leading online bookmakers and then you can watch it on your mobile device and withdraw your winnings as soon as you see the winner confirmed.

Who Won the 2018 Race?

The last renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup was won in fine style by the Colin Tizzard-trained Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson in a thrilling race fending off the challenge from Might Bite, trained by Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson.

What is the Gold Cup made of?

The original 1924 Cheltenham Gold Cup weighs 644 grams of nine carat gold. It is plated in 18 carat gold to give it a rich colour . This trophy has not been seen since 1972, but after many years being stored in a bank vault, the owner has returned it to the Cheltenham Racecourse for future jockeys to receive.

Are there are any Special Offers or Promotions available for the Race?

In addition to new customer free bet offers there are generally a plethora of specials released in the run up to the big race. We will be sure to let you know as soon as they are released.

What is Gold Cup day schedule?

  • 13.30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 14.10 The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
  • 14.50 The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle
  • 15.30 The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 16.10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 16.50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
  • 17.30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual

Are there any Top Betting Tips for the Big Race?

It’s a bit early for tips, but check back nearer the race day and we’ll let you know where you and find out the latest top tips.

When was the First Race? 

The inaugural race took place in 1928. There has been a race every year since, with the exception of 2001, 1943-44, 1937 and 1931.