Cheltenham Festival is well underway with the biggest race being the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day, Friday 16th March. With quite probably the biggest betting market of the festival calendar, Cheltenham is a superb event for enjoying a bit of finery, a good day out and having a cheeky flutter!
If we reflect on previous Cheltenham Gold Cup betting events from over the years, there’s plenty to be excited about:
- The Cheltenham Gold Cup has the biggest prize fund of any of the races during the Cheltenham Festival with around £490,000 being shared amongst the top three horses.
- In 1986, Dawn Run became the ONLY horse to have won two Cheltenham Festival races, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle! (imagine if you’d bet on that!)
- In 1991, the Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by Garrison Savannah but featured two previous winners (Desert Orchid and Norton’s Coin) and two future winners (The Fellow and Cool Ground).
- Trainer Michael Dickinson achieved an impressive feat when his horse Bregawn won the race in 1983, followed in second, third, fourth and fifth place by four other horses from his stable.
Some more interesting facts regarding some of the biggest Cheltenham gambles ever placed can be found on the infographic below: