bet365 Gold Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Jump Finale)

Updated: 8636 Horse Racing

We look at the bet365 Gold Cup ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 3m5f at Sandown during the Jump Finale to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the bet365 Gold Cup.

bet365 Gold Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Jump Finale)
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Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 bet365 Gold Cup Preview

First staged in 1957 under the sponsorship of Whitbread (until 2001), Sandown's bet365 Gold Cup is a Grade 3 handicap chase for five-year-olds and upwards tackling twenty-four fences over three miles four and a half furlongs.

Traditionally staged on the final day of the national hunt season in late April, the bet365 Gold Cup has an impressive list of past winners including Arkle, Mill House, Special Cargo, Desert Orchid, Topsham Bay and Mr Frisk (1990), the last-named won here after winning the Grand National in record time (which still stands) and was the last Grand National winner to win this valuable end of season chase.

It's probably fair to say the list of winners since the mid-1990s has generally not carried the same stature as some of those mentioned above, perhaps indicative of the higher profile and financial the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National meeting have now on the jumps calendar and the top staying chasers coming here almost as an afterthought from having their campaigns geared towards either or both festivals.

bet365 Gold Cup Information:

If you are interested in other predictions at Sandown then head over to the Sandown tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Sandown Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the bet365 Gold Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2007 when the race had an over-round of 118%. The race in 2018 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 134%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the bet365 Gold Cup, the over-round has been 126%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £126 which is bet.

bet365 Gold Cup Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the bet365 Gold Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -13.50. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page so you can get easy access to the OLBG racing picks daily.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 7:11.10 was set by Hot Weld in 2007, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Ferdy Murphy and ridden by Graham Lee. The slowest winning time was set in 2012 when Tidal Bay won in a time of 7:50.30, booked to ride was Daryl Jacob by the trainer Paul Nicholls.

These are the top three quickest-run bet365 Gold Cup over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Hot Weld (7:11.10) in 2007
  2. Talkischeap (7:15.90) in 2019
  3. Poker De Sivola (7:16.30) in 2011

bet365 Gold Cup Past Winners

Here are the bet365 Gold Cup past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the bet365 Gold Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: Enrilo won the 2021 renewal but was demoted to 3rd with Potterman being awarded the race.

YearHorseInfo
2024
7:32.75
Minella Cocooner (IRE)
8yo 11-9 17/2
Danny Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
2023
7:33.70
Kittys Light (GB)
7yo 10-8 11/4F
Jack Tudor
Christian Williams (GB)
2022
7:26.58
Hewick (IRE)
7yo 11-4 16/1
Jordan Gainford (3lbs)
John Joseph Hanlon (IRE)
2021
7:37.87
Potterman (GB)
8yo 11-9 12/1
Tom Cannon
Alan King (GB)
2019
7:15.90
Talkischeap (IRE)
7yo 10-11 7/1
Wayne Hutchinson
Alan King (GB)
2018
7:32.90
Step Back (IRE)
8yo 10-0 7/1
Jamie Moore
Mark Bradstock (GB)
2017
7:22.60
Henllan Harri (IRE)
9yo 10-0 40/1
Sean Bowen
Peter Bowen (GB)
2016
7:25.65
The Young Master (GB)
7yo 10-12 8/1
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3lbs)
Neil Mulholland (GB)
2015
7:23.15
Just A Par (IRE)
8yo 10-0 14/1
Sean Bowen (3lbs)
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2014
7:35.10
Hadrians Approach (IRE)
7yo 11-0 10/1
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the bet365 Gold Cup have been based:

  • GB: 14 winners with an additional 47 placings from 312 runners
  • IRE: 4 winners with an additional 7 placings from 31 runners
  • FR: 2 winners with an additional 1 placing from 4 runners

bet365 Gold Cup Trainer Statistics

There are multiple leading trainers in the bet365 Gold Cup over the last 20 renewals with Paul Nicholls, Philip Hobbs and Alan King having all won the race two times. Paul Nicholls winners have been with Tidal Bay (2012) and Just A Par (2015). Philip Hobbs winners have been with Lacdoudal (2006) and Monkerhostin (2008). Alan King winners have been with Talkischeap (2019) and Potterman (2021). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the bet365 Gold Cup, Nigel Twiston-Davies has sent a total of 17 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst David Pipe has sent out 16 without a winner.

Here are some of the top bet365 Gold Cup trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Paul Nicholls44-2-13-19.00-3.06
Philip Hobbs24-2-10+13.00+17.27
Alan King9-2-3+12.00+6.63
Nicky Henderson13-1-4-2.00-0.50
Neil Mulholland11-1-2-2.00-3.50
Henry Daly7-1-2+8.00+4.63
W P Mullins7-1-3+2.50+1.94
Christian Williams7-1-3-3.25-1.65
Peter Bowen6-1-1+35.00+20.00
Mark Bradstock4-1-2+4.00+3.13

bet365 Gold Cup Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the bet365 Gold Cup over the last 20 renewals is Sean Bowen who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Just A Par (2015) and Henllan Harri (2017). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the bet365 Gold Cup, Sam Twiston-Davies has ridden a total of 12 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top bet365 Gold Cup jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Sean Bowen7-2-3+49.00+30.50
Daryl Jacob5-1-2+5.00+2.88
A P Heskin4-1-1+17.00+9.50
Tom Cannon4-1-1+9.00+4.50
Graham Lee4-1-1+3.00+0.60
Jack Tudor4-1-3-0.25+1.35
Daniel Howard1-1-1+25.00+15.63
Jordan Gainford1-1-1+16.00+10.00
Danny Mullins1-1-1+8.50+5.31
Sam Twiston-Davies12-0-3-12.00-7.81

bet365 Gold Cup Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +38.00 is when runners had 0 career starts at the track. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had recorded 2 career DNFs, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-77.

The course which has produced the most winners of the bet365 Gold Cup is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Aintree and Ayr, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 344 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 3 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the bet365 Gold Cup, that stallion Flemensfirth has produced 2 winners (2024,2012).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the bet365 Gold Cup despite multiple attempts:

  • Midnight Legend (0 Wins from 10 runners)
  • Milan (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Kayf Tara (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Old Vic (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Bob Back (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Henllan Harri in 2017, winning for Peter Bowen at odds of 40/1 under the guidance of Sean Bowen. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 1 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2025 bet365 Gold Cup why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

Other Principal races at Sandown racecourse

Here are some other notable races at the Sandown racecourse throughout the racing season that you may be interested in.

Races in January

Races in February

Races in March

Races in April (Jump Finale)

Races in April (Classic Trial Day)

Races in July

Races in December

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this bet365 Gold Cup Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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