Paddy Power Gold Cup Betting Odds Comparison - Cheltenham

14/11/2020 14:15:00

The 2020/21 National Hunt horse racing season is now in full swing and we’re counting down to Paddy Power Gold Cup day on 14 November 2020, with the bookmakers having recently created an antepost betting market for a Grade 3 encounter which is the Gold Cup and this takes centre stage as part of the November meeting.

The Gold Cup is likely to attract several star names, some of whom raced at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and will be aimed at the 2021 Festival depending on the performance over this two mile and four furlong distance, with the going traditionally soft for a time in the year when there is plenty of rainfall.

Can Saint Sonnet Oblige as Gold Cup Betting Favourite?

The 2020 Paddy Power Gold Cup betting market is currently wide open, with Saint Sonnet trading as the market leader and you can get anywhere between 11/2 and 7/1 about the horse who has been quietly impressive during his career although he won’t have been seen at a race track since the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

On that occasion, the five-year-old ran in the Marsh Novices’ Chase where he finished well down the order in what was a competitive race, with Samcro having claimed the spoils although the Paul Nicholls-trained charge was sent off at 33/1 and certainly outran his odds to beat several other classy horses.

The horse was largely schooled in France before making his UK debut at Catterick in a pre-Festival prep run which was won comfortably enough, although there is a case for several other horses in the race.

Imperial Aura, Mister Fisher and Al Dancer Could All Feature

Imperial Aura is trading anywhere between 8/1 and 14/1 for the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Kim Bailey-trained charge landed the spoils in the Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival which could mark him out for glory in this race.

Indeed, this is a horse that seems to like Prestbury Park after finishing second in a Handicap Chase last January, while there was another runner-up spot in a novices’ chase the month before, while Mister Fisher is another horse to be respected and this Nicky Henderson finished fourth in the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

The History of the Paddy Power Gold Cup

The race originally started in 1960 and was known as the Mackeson Gold Cup, with this name being retained until 1995 where it switched to Murphy’s and then Thomas Pink. Paddy Power took over the sponsorship of the race in 2003 and have recently re-taken over the event following a brief spell from BetVictor.

There have been a number of horses that have won the Gold Cup on more than one occasion and the latest of these was Cyfor Malta who obliged in 1998 and 2002 for trainer Martin Pipe. The most recent winners have included Happy Diva, Baron Alco and Splash of Ginge, while Al Ferof and Imperial Commander have also landed victories in this race.