The Irish Gold Cup 2020 will headline day two at the Dublin Festival. The Gold Cup will take place on Sunday, 2nd February. As every year it will be the big lead-up race to the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. The horse racing festival season is upon us and several major races will take place in the coming months. Punters can get the latest horse racing bet bonuses from betoclock and wager on the horses they believe will win in Dublin.
The annual Irish Gold Cup is the premier horse race in Ireland. It attracts the best horses, jockeys, and trainers from Britain and Ireland. Many of the top race horses that will run in the Irish Gold Cup will be on hand in March at the Cheltenham Festival.
Irish Gold Cup History
The Irish Gold Cup has been run each year since 1987 when the Dublin Festival was introduced to the Irish and British race calendar. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase race with horses five-years old and up competing for the prestigious prize.
Held at Leopardstown every February, the Irish Gold Cup is run over a three-mile distance. Horses must navigate the racecourse’s 17 fences.
The Irish Gold Cup is considered a trial for top competitors aiming to run at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Three horses have won both the Irish and Cheltenham Gold Cups in the same year. Jodami (1993), Imperial Call (1996), and Sizing John (2017) are the only horses to complete the Gold Cup double in back to back months.
Irish Gold Cup 2020 competitors
The Irish Gold Cup is known to have a high-quality number of horses racing each year. This year’s field of 15 runners is no exception. Willie Mullins’ Kemboy is headed to Leopardstown as the sportsbooks’ favourite in antepost betting odds. The eight-year-old is 13/8 to win the Irish Gold Cup. In December, Kemboy came off of a 241-day racing break to finish fourth at Leopardstown.
One horse that Mullins will be concerned with is the Pat Kelly-trained Presenting Percy. While fellow Irish Gold Cup runners such as Delta Work will compete in further lead up races to the Irish Gold Cup, Presenting Percy is headed straight to Leopardstown in March.
Presenting Percy is 6/1 to win the Irish Gold Cup. The horse last won at the Galmoy Hurdle for a second time in his career, but that came 12 months ago. The nine-year-old horse finished fifth at the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December. Presenting Percy was expected to try for a Galmoy Hurdle hat-trick in January, but is now being held back until the Irish Gold Cup.
Former Irish and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John will compete once more in the race. Sizing John is 14/1 to win at Leopardstown. The 10-year-old is a bit of a long shot having last won a race in December 2017.
Delta Work is another favourite competing in the Gold Cup at 15/8 odds. The Gordon Elliott-trained horse will compete in the Cotswold Chase in the build-up to the Dublin Festival in February.