Infographic: Who Won The Cheltenham Gold Cup?
Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year? How many favourites have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup? What were the average odds of Gold Cup winners?
With Cheltenham Festival 2016 just around the corner, we look at the history of the Cheltenham Gold Cup with this infographic below, covering every Gold Cup winner and their starting price from 1924 up until 2015. Last year Conyegree landed the prize for the Bradstock's in dramatic style.
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The Gold Cup is the highlight of the entire jump season and has thrown up some fantastic and memorable races in our lifetime. Dawn Run winning with Jonjo O'Neill on top was an emotional victory that united the entire Irish nation in euphoria and carried out many bookmakers.
Best Mate's record breaking three timer will struggle to be beaten ever in the modern age, while the battles between stablemates Denman and Kauto Star were symbolic of everything that is special in National Hunt racing.
This years race has a wide open look to it, with Irish raiders dominating and the trials through the winter failing to point to a standout contender.
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Thoughts on the principal runners with current best prices available
Gordon Elliot's stable star could only finish third when a well backed 5/2f for the Ryanair in 2015, but had excuses that day and has since improved dramatically. He was unlucky to fall when poised to challenge in the King George and gained some compensation in a weak Grade 2 at Thurles (only workmanlike in landing long odds on and did not impress all). He is sure to primed for this day and ticks plenty of boxes in terms of age and profile for landing this valuable prize.
Stamina is the huge unknown here for this bold jumping frontrunner, and he looked sure to land the land the King George over Christmas until the fuel gauge hit red. He has an extra 2f to travel in the Gold Cup, and with the ground likely to be on the easy side of good, he could well fade out of things when push comes to shove.
Another Willie Mullins raider who went straight to the top of the ante-post lists when winning the Grade 1 John Durkan at Punchestown in December, readily powering clear of some top class rivals under a motionless Walsh. However, he blotted his copybook when falling at this track last time and now has a bit to prove after reportedly suffering a minor injury there.
Won the RSA Chase at the Festival last season in stirring fashion, but has only been workmanlike in winning both his starts this season at Aintree and Leopardstown. He is the sort to do just enough rather than quickening up smartly, and seems slightly overpriced at around 6/1, with stamina for this trip proven and a fast run race certain to bring out the best of him (not suited by the pace in small field, muddling Graded races this winter).
A revelation this season since having his wind done, winning the King George in dramatic fashion from Vautour. The doubt about him has to be this trip at a much stiffer track, and a tendency to race with the choke out might find him out in the closing stages up the demanding hill.
Bold frontrunner created a terrific impression when winning the Hennessy in destructive fashion, and was then strangely given a patient ride in the King George when well held. He bounced back on his latest start at Cheltenham where the odds-on favourite fell, but possibly could get involved in a duel on the lead here if Vautour adopts the same tactics.
If you're looking for the early word on this year's festival, I share my thoughts on each race at bettingexpert's Cheltenham Festival Guide for 2016. Don't forget to enter this year's #GoldCupCash Competition to be in the running for £100.