BetVictor Gold Cup Tips
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The BetVictor Gold Cup
One of the most eagerly anticipated and hotly contested handicaps on the jumps racing calendar is undoubtedly the BetVictor Gold Cup (formerly known as the Paddy Power Gold Cup).
Run over a distance of two and a half miles on the old course at the hallowed Cheltenham track, this race brings together battle hardened handicappers with younger, unexposed horses in their second season over fences. The clash produces a fantastic spectacle, and is always one of the keenest betting heats of the season.
This event came into being in 1960, and has been run at Cheltenham Racecourse ever year since. It has had a number of sponsors, originally being sponsored by the brewery Mackeson, famous for their milk stout alcoholic beverage. BetVictor took over from PaddyPower as the sponsor of the race in 2016.
The November Meeting
While not quite as exciting as March’s Cheltenham Festival, the November Meeting is one of the most popular events in the UK National Hunt Racing calendar. Held over three days in the middle of November, the meeting typically commences on the Friday and ends on the Sunday.
The BetVictor Gold Cup is the feature race on the second day of the festival, which has now come to be known as ‘BetVictor Gold Cup Day’.
The long-established Cheltenham Racecourse is viewed as one of the most important racecourses for National Hunt racing in the UK, and of course is most famed for March’s annual festival. There are several more important meetings annually at Cheltenham, of which ‘The November Meeting’ is one.
There are two courses at Cheltenham, the ‘old course’ and the ‘new course’. The BetVictor Gold Cup is run over the old course over a distance of two miles, four furlongs and 110 yards.
Notable BetVictor Gold Cup Winners
Perhaps the best winner of the race in over fifty years of its history was the 2008 victor Imperial Commander. He stormed up the hill that day to a two length victory over the Queen’s horse Barber Shop, but maybe few could foresee his rise through the ranks over the next couple of seasons, culminating in a magnificent win in the 2010 Gold Cup at the Cheltenham festival. Back in second that day was none other than the mighty Denman, in one of the most thrilling Gold Cups in years.
Plenty of horses have won the race twice, most recently Cyfor Malta in 1998 and 2002. It was a race that was farmed by Martin Pipe in his heyday, and he leads the most successful trainers in the race with eight wins. Lady Cricket, Shooting Light and Cyfor Malta rattled off three consecutive wins for Pipe between 2000 and 2002. Martin Pipe’s son David has also won the race since his father retired, his Great Endeavour was successful in 2011 when ridden by Timmy Murphy.