Predictions For Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Runners in 2021
The racing action of the Cheltenham Festival’s reaches fever pitch as Gold Cup Day arrives, with racegoers eagerly anticipating who the Gold Cup runners will be each year. The Gold Cup Chase is jump racing at its finest, with a talented field of runners on display year after year! Past Gold Cup winners include the likes of Al Boum Photo, Kauto Star, Best Mate, Arkle and Desert Orchid and the 2021 Magners Gold Cup Chase is sure to have us all roaring.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious races in the Jump racing calendar and has thrown up some of the most famous horses in National Hunt history. To this date Golden Miller holds the most successful Gold Cup record, winning the race an astonishing five times during the 1930’s. The legendary Arkle and Best Mate come in behind him with three wins a piece, although Best Mate never got the chance to make it four, suffering from a heart attack at Exeter Racecourse just months before.
The Grade 1 contest became the race that we know it to be back in 1924, when ‘Fog’ Rowlands and a few others implemented it into Cheltenham Festival’s steeplechasing schedule. It first ran for £700 though now the prize fund for the Gold Cup is £625,000!
Read our Cheltenham Winners & Festival History news item for more information.
Cheltenham Festival’s Potential Gold Cup Runners For 2021
What is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
The Gold Cup is an annual Grade 1 National Hunt Chase run at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup Day. Naturally, racegoers early anticipate who the Gold Cup Runners will be each year.
It is the most prestigious race of The Festival, with over 70,000 racegoers flocking to course on the Friday each year. It is run over a distance of 3 miles and 2 ½ furlongs with a total of 22 fences being jumped.
It was initially introduced as a way of encouraging farmers to breed high-class horses to compete in a difficult race and is now considered to sit just behind the Grand National in prestige.
When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase in 2021?
Can I watch the Cheltenham Gold Cup Race on TV?
The race will be screened live on Racing TV and ITV, though nothing beats going down to The Festival and absorbing all the racing action first hand!
What is the schedule for Gold Cup Friday at Cheltenham races in 2021?
The opening race of the day is The JCB Triumph Hurdle, which kicks off at 13:30 and is the biggest in the season for juveniles.
- 14:10: The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle – 2m 179y
- 14:50: The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 2m 7f 213y
These three races build up to the main event of the week – The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup which starts at 15:30. It’s a true test of endurance and ability for the runners and will put some of the greatest horses to the test.
Following the Gold Cup is:
- 16:10: The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 3m 2f 70y
- 16:50: Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase – 2m 62y
- 17:30: Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m 4f 56y