Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends

Past Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2017 Sizing John 7 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2016 Don Cossack 9 Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott
2015 Coneygree 8 Nico De Boinville Mark Bradstock
2014 Lord Windermere 8 Davy Russell Jim Culloty
2013 Bobs Worth 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Synchronised 9 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
2011 Long Run 6 Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2010 Imperial Commander 9 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2009 Kauto Star 9 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Denman 8 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls

Trends

  1. 10 of the last 10 winners were aged 6-9
  2. 8 of the last 10 winners won last time out
  3. 9 of the last 10 winners had run 2-5 times that season
  4. 8 of the last 10 winners posted an RPR of 162+ on their last completed start
  5. 8 of the last 10 winners posted an RPR of 170+ on one of their last 2 starts
  6. 8 of the last 10 winners had run in 5-9 chases in their career
  7. 8 of the last 10 winners were second or third season chasers
  8. 10 of the last 10 winners had run over 3m+
  9. 10 of the last 10 winners had won a grade 1 chase
  10. 7 of the last 10 winners had won a grade 1 chase that season
  11. 8 of the last 10 winners had finished in the top 3 at the festival

Never This Century

  • No winners this century were beaten favourites last time out
  • No winners this century were aged 10 or older
  • No winners this century had previously been beaten in a Gold Cup
  • No winners this century had run on ground officially described as “heavy” that season

I’ve taken a closer look at these “Never This Century” Gold Cup trends, which can be seen here. 

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