Cheltenham figures revealed as Gold Cup declared most popular race with Paddy Power punters

Some races took surprising leaps in popularity.

Paul Townend celebrates winning the Magners Gold up for the second time on Al Boum Photo. Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 13.03.2020

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Paddy Power’s order of most turnover per race at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 has been revealed by our horse racing traders.

It was no surprise to discover that, again, the Gold Cup was the most-favoured race among our punters, but it came as something of a shock to see certain races either decline or increase in popularity.

The Champion Bumper, for example, took a giant leap from almost dead last in the list all the way up to seventh, while the Supreme Novices also jumped from 15th up to sixth. The Arkle Chase and the Cross Country Chase also proved more popular than last year, the latter surely down to the presence of heavily favoured Tiger Roll, considered by many pre-race as a “banker”.

But on the other side of the coin, the Festival Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle dropped from eighth down to 25th, while the Coral Cup also suffered.

Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend winning the Magners Gold up for the second time. Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 13.03.2020

Our spokesman Paul Binfield said: “Once again the Gold Cup has proved the most popular race turnover wise and punters were nicely rewarded with a stirring finish and a winning ‘jolly’.

“The Coral Cup came in at 16th in 2020, having been number four last year, which is slightly surprising given there was a gamble on winning favourite Dame De Compagnie, while the Champion Bumper, often considered a huge betting heat, regained that reputation at number seven having only two races behind it last season.”

The most popular races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

(2019 figures in brackets)

1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup (1)

2 Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (3)

3 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (5)

4 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2)

5 Unibet Champion Hurdle (7)

6 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (15)

7 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (26)

8 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (9)

9 National Hunt Chase (18)

10 Ryanair Chase (6)

11 Racing Post Arkle Chase (21)

12 St James’s Place Foxhunters Chase (12)

13 Marsh Novices’ Chase (25)

14 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (27)

15 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (10)

16 Coral Cup (4)

17 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase (28)

18 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (22)

19 Randox Health County Hurdle (19)

20 Pertemps Network Final (17)

21 Ultima Handicap Chase (11)

22 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (16)

23 Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase (23)

24 Browne Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (14)

25 Festival Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8)

26 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (13)

27 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (20)

28 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (24)

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