The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious event of the Cheltenham Festival and the market for the 2021 edition has been in place ever since Al Boum Photo crossed the finishing line in the race for the second time last March.
Willie Mullins’ seldom-seen but spectacularly effective chaser heads the ante-post betting as he bids for to emulate Best Mate, Arkle and Cottage Rake in winning three successive Gold Cups.
Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock was the latest high-profile Cheltenham Gold Cup trial, but two more low-key events on the other side of the Irish Sea have had a greater impact on the ante-post betting for the Festival showpiece.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 ante-post odds and potential runners
- Al Boum Photo – 5/1
- Santini – 7/1
- Minella Indo – 8/1
- Champ – 10/1
- Cyrname – 16/1
- Lostintranslation – 16/1
- Presenting Percy – 16/1
- Imperial Aura – 20/1
- Allaho – 25/1
- Chris’s Dream – 25/1
- Frodon - 25/1
- 33/1 bar
Ante-post odds courtesy of bet365. Odds are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 latest news and betting analysis
Lostintranslation has been pushed out from 12/1 to 16/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting after finishing a distance behind Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Colin Tizzard’s eight-year-old was beaten a long way from home, but hadn’t had a prep run as he had when claiming victory in the race a year earlier. With the Gold Cup still the ultimate aim it may be prudent not to read too deeply into that performance, for all that it wasn’t exactly heartening.
Over in Ireland Presenting Percy and Minella Indo both had their Gold Cup odds trimmed following comfortable wins.
The former scored the more impressive success of the pair in accounting for multiple Grade 1 winner Kemboy and the 2020 Gold Cup fourth Monalee at Thurles. He had a race-fitness edge over his rivals, but it was still a return to form from the horse that was sent off favourite for the Gold Cup in 2019.
Minella Indo accounted for less formidable foes at Navan on Sunday, but continues to build on his experience over fences after perhaps lacking on that score when second in the RSA Chase at the 2020 Festival after just two runs over the larger obstacles.
Cheltenham Gold Cup winners of the last 10 years