The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the blue riband race of the National Hunt season. With four days of exhilarating horse racing action, it all builds up to Friday’s showpiece event and the 2020 renewal could be very special indeed.

So often the highlight of the week, winning the Gold Cup is a dream for jockeys, trainers and owners around the world. Here, we look at the biggest Cheltenham Gold Cup trends and statistics for punters to consider ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

As is the case with every race at the Cheltenham Festival, there are a few important trends that punters must note. Here are some of the biggest Gold Cup trends to follow:

  • 20 out of the last 20 winners had all previously won a Grade 1 over fences.
  • 20/20 went off no bigger than 20/1 in the horse racing betting.
  • Last 20 winners – no older than nine years old.
  • All 20 hadn’t ran in the 30 days prior to the Cheltenham Festival.
  • 20/20 had no more than two falls over fences in their career.
  • 19/20 had between one and five previous starts at Cheltenham.
  • 19 out of 20 winners had previously failed to finish no more than three times.
  • 18 out of 20 winners’ last win before Cheltenham was in a Grade 1 or 2.

Top Trainers For The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The legendary Tom Dreaper is the most successful trainer in Gold Cup history with five winners but Paul Nicholls is breathing down his neck with four successes, most recently in 2009. Clan Des Obeaux will be flying the flag for the Nicholls stable in 2020…

Willie Mullins finally got off the mark in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the 26th attempt in 2019 as Al Boum Photo recorded a famous success.

However, Nicky Henderson is the second-most successful active horse racing trainer with two Gold Cup wins, with Bobs Worth claiming victory back in 2013.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Prize Money

According to figures for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, the total prize fund available for the Gold Cup was £625,000.

With approximately £350,000 going to winning connections, it is one of the most lucrative races in National Hunt racing.

*Credit for the photo in this article belongs to Alamy*

Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.