The 2023 Cheltenham Festival concludes on Friday, with the Gold Cup the undoubted highlight of the final day’s racing.

Rachael Blackmore won the 2022 edition on A Plus Tard and the horse features again this year, although Galopin des Champs, ridden by Paul Townend, is the bookies’ favourite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Gold Cup, from when and how to watch the race to who you should look out for if you were weighing up a bet.

What time is the Gold Cup 2023?

The 2023 Gold Cup (or, to give the race its full name, the The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase) takes place at 3.30pm on Friday 17 March, the fourth and final day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

It is the middle race of the day, with the full schedule for Friday as follows:

  • 1.30pm: The JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 2.10pm: The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race
  • 2.50pm: The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race
  • 3.30pm: The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
  • 4.10pm: The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
  • 4.50pm: The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase
  • 5.30pm: Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Rachael Blackmore on A Plus Tard clear the last ahead of Robbie Power on Minella Indo to win The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase race during day four of the Cheltenham Festival 2022
The Gold Cup is the marquee race at the Cheltenham Festival (Photo: Getty Images)

How can I watch the Gold Cup?

You can watch the Gold Cup live on both ITV1 and Racing TV, with an online live stream available on the ITVX streaming platform.

Friday’s Cheltenham coverage on ITV1 starts at 1pm and runs until 4.30pm, while Racing TV is airing the festival live from 12.30pm with a preview of the day’s racing from 10am.

Who are the runners and riders for the Gold Cup 2023?

Here is the full list of runners and riders for the 2023 Gold Cup, and odds for the race:

  • Galopin des Champs (P Townend) 15-8
  • Bravemasgame (H Cobden) 7-1
  • A Plus Tard (R Blackmore) 7-1
  • Noble Yeats (S Bowen) 9-1
  • Stattler (PW Mullins) 11-1
  • Conflated (DN Russell) 14-1
  • Protektorat (H Skelton) 14-1
  • Ahoy Senor (DR Fox) 20-1
  • Minella Indo (MP Walsh) 22-1
  • Sounds Russian (S Quinlan) 33-1
  • Hewick (JC Gainford) 40-1
  • Royal Pagaille (C Deutsch) 50-1
  • Eldorado Allen (B Powell) 125-1

What are the best tips for the Gold Cup 2023?

Jon Freeman, i‘s Racing Editor, picked Galopin Des Champs, A Plus Tard and Ahoy Senor as his three standout tips for the 2023 Gold Cup.

His tips for all the races taking place at Cheltenham on Friday are as follows:

  • 1.30 Blood Destiny 2-1
  • 2.10 Hunters Yarn (Best Bet) 5-1
  • 2 50 Stay Away Fay (Each-Way) 20-1
  • 3.30 – 1 Galopin Des Champs (Next Best) 2-1, 2 A Plus Tard 7-1, 3 Ahoy Senor 20-1
  • 4.10 Vaucelet 11-4
  • 4.50 Impervious 2-1
  • 5.30 Imagine 11-2

Ahead of this year’s festival, i also sat down with ITV Racing commentator Richard Hoiles to get his insight on how to pick a winner and his tips for the week.

He said of the Gold Cup: “The Gold Cup is one of those races where Galopin des Champs is a little bit like the up-and-coming horse, but he has a lot more to prove yet to my mind.

“If you want to tip against a horse, you really want to try and do is look at what conditions he would least be suited by and work out which others in the field would therefore be suited by those conditions.

“If he’s not going to stay, it would be because it’s turned into an absolute mudbath come Friday and if that’s the case, there’s a horse called Stattler who won the National Hunt Chase last year at the Festival. Yes, it was a lower grade, slower race. But if it turns really really attritional, then it would suit him.

“There’s another horse in the same race at a big, big price called Royal Pagaille, trained by Venetia Williams, who also is a little bit underestimated under those conditions.

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