Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023: Bravemansgame can step up

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023: Bravemansgame can step up

Category : News - Thu 16/03/2023 - 09:45 EDT

The £625,000 Cheltenham Gold Cup (G1) is the highlight of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, and one of the greatest betting horse races in the world! 13 top chasers have entered the race on Friday, March 17 to go three miles, two and a half furlongs, and at stake are that huge purse and the honor of winning one of the best-loved races in the world.

The race features the last two winners of the Gold Cup, Minella Indo (2021) and A Plus Tard (2022): in fact, these two horses have finished 1-2 in the last two years, once in each order. Noble Yeats, who won the iconic Grand National at Aintree last year, also lines up for the Cheltenham Festival’s feature race.

Will one of these horses win, or will someone else step up to the challenge?  Read on to find out, and to learn the best places to bet the Cheltenham Gold Cup online.

Betting the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup Online

Though Cheltenham is all the way in England, and we can’t all travel there this year, you can be a part of the action by betting the race online in Florida! Online racebooks let you bet major races around the world from anywhere with an internet connection, on your tablet, smartphone, or laptop.

There are many choices out there, but our online betting experts can help you make the most profitable choice quickly. Our experts know which sites have the best odds, the best user interfaces, and trusted money management. What’s more, they can help you find the best bonuses for how you like to wager, including rebates, sign-up and deposit incentives, and referral benefits.

Here are the best wagering sites for Florida-based horseplayers:

Handicapping the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup

With your online wagering account all set up, it is time to get to know the field and pick a winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup! Keep reading to find out the horses who can help you win big on Gold Cup day.

2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup Horses

This is the official field for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup including betting numbers, trainers, and jockeys:

  1. Ahoy Senor (Lucinda Russell / Derek Fox)
  2. A Plus Tard (Henry de Bromhead / Rachael Blackmore)
  3. Bravemansgame (Paul Nicholls / Harry Cobden)
  4. Conflated (Gordon Elliott / Davy Russell)
  5. Eldorado Allen (Joe Tizzard / Brendan Powell)
  6. Galopin des Champs (Willie Mullins / Paul Townend)
  7. Hewick (John Joseph Hanlon / Jordan Gainford)
  8. Minella Indo (Henry de Bromhead / Mark Walsh)
  9. Noble Yeats (Emmet Mullins / Sean Bowen)
  10. Protektorat (Dan Skelton / Harry Skelton)
  11. Royale Pagaille (Venetia Williams / Charlie Deutsch)
  12. Sounds Russian (Ruth Jefferson / Sean Quinlan)
  13. Stattler (Willie Mullins / Patrick Mullins)

As the race draws closer, watch the odds on each of these horses. When you see odds online that are better than the horse’s actual chance to win, that’s the right time to place your bet! Then, unlike in track pools where odds fluctuate until post time, you can be confident that you know what you’ll get if the horse wins!

These are the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds at the top of the market:

Galopin des Champs+165+165+165
A Plus Tard+750+750+750
Noble Yeats+750+750+750
Sounds Russian+1200+1200+1200
Ahoy Senor+1400+1400+1400

2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup Favorites

Bravemansgame has won six of his last seven, and has been razor-sharp in two starts since having wind surgery. Though he hasn’t yet run a chase at Cheltenham, he looked a proper Grade 1 chaser when thrashing Royale Pagaille in the King George VI (G1) last year and this looks like the right time to try him against the best of the best at Cheltenham.

Galopin des Champs, the likely favorite, is trainer Willie Mullins’ leading hope. He won the Irish Gold Cup (G1) last out and has won seven of his last eight, his only stumble being when he fell at Cheltenham last year, over the last fence. Despite his sparkling form through this year’s campaign, he still carries seven pounds less than A Plus Tard, and will be tough if he runs to form.

A Plus Tard is the “A” entry from the Henry de Bromhead yard. He won last year and was second two years ago, though he pulled up last time out, marking the first time he ever ran out of the top three.  It is also a concern that he is top-weighted, with seven to 19 pounds more than his foes have to lug: and eight more than when he was the second-highweight last year. All in all, he looks like an underlay this time around.

2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup Longer Shots

Ahoy Senor looks like a horse for this Cheltenham course,  winning the Cotswold (G2) last out and finishing second in a Grade 1 novice event last year. He is not the most consistent and he will have to find his best, but he is a whole stone under the top weight and on his best he is an interesting price candidate.

Minella Indo won the race two years ago and was second last year. The question is whether he is still quite as good, and the field he faced in the New Year’she h Day Chase (G3) last out was nothing like this group. However, he has an excellent history of turning in good efforts at Cheltenham, and he belongs in exotic wagers.

Stattler has a lot to find on the favorite but has a pair of good seconds this campaign behind Minella Indo and Galopin des Champs this season. He did win a novice chase at Cheltenham last year, and the weights could help him turn the tables on Minella Indo, making him another interesting one for the exotics.

2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup Free Picks

Now that you know where and how to bet the race online, here are the best bets for Friday’s 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup:

  • $20 to win - #3 Bravemansgame
  • $10 each-way - #1 Ahoy Senor
  • $1 exacta key - #3 Bravemansgame with #1 Ahoy Senor, #6 Galopin des Champs
  • $0.50 trifecta key -  #3 Bravemansgame with #1 Ahoy Senor, #6 Galopin des Champs, #8 Minella Indo
  • $0.20 superfecta key - #3 Bravemansgame with #1 Ahoy Senor, #6 Galopin des Champs, #8 Minella Indo, #13 Stattler
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