Leopardstown 7-2-21 KEMBOY & Danny Mullins jump the last to win the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup. (Healy Racing)

Irish Gold Cup Trends

Staged at Leopardstown racecourse the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup is run over a distance of 3m 1/2f, with 17 fences to be tackled.

First run in 1987, the contest now another recognised trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup run a month later with Jodami (1993), Imperial Call (1996) and Sizing John (2017) the only horses to take both races in the same season. The 2013, Sir Des Champs, went onto finish runner-up in that season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, while the last horse win both the Irish Gold Cup and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same campaign was Sizing John in 2017.

Leading Irish trainer, Willie Mullins, is always feared as he’s sent out 11 of the last 22 winners, including two of the last three renewals, while UK raiders have taken 2 of the last 14 runnings with popular greys The Listener (2008) and 2012 Grand National hero, Neptune Collonges (2009).

However, the other main yards of Gordon Elliott (1 win) and Henry de Bromhead (no wins) are yet to really stamp their mark on this prize.

Here at GeeGeez, we look back at recent winners and gives you all the key stats to take into the 2022 renewal – this year run on Saturday 5th February.

Recent Irish Gold Cup Winners

2021 - KEMBOY (11/4)
2020 - DELTA WORK (5/2)
2019 - BELLSHILL (2/1)
2018 - EDWULF (33/1)
2017 - SIZING JOHN (100/30)
2016 – CARLINGFORD LOUGH (20/1)
2015 – CARLINGFORD LOUGH (4/1)
2014 – LAST INSTALMENT (8/1)
2013 – SIR DES CHAMPS (11/8)
2012 – QUEL ESPRIT (5/4 fav)
2011 – KEMPES (5/1)
2010 – JONCOL (9/4 fav)
2009 – NEPTUNE COLLONGES (8/13 fav)
2008 – THE LISTENER (2/1 fav)
2007 – BEEF OR SALMON (11/4)
2006 – BEEF OR SALMON  (2/5 fav)
2005 – RULE SUPREME (11/2)
2004 – FLORIDA PEARL (5/1)
2003 – BEEF OR SALMON (Evs fav)

Irish Gold Cup Betting Trends

19/19– Had run at Leopardsown over fences before
19/19 – Last ran was 6 weeks or less
17/19 – Had won over at least 3m before in their career (any code)
15/19 – Had won a Grade 1 Chase before
15/19– Aged 9 or younger
15/19 – Ran in the Savills Chase (Leopardstown) last time out
14/19 – Placed favourites
14/19 – Had won between 3-5 times over fences (rules) before
14/19 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
14/19 – Winners that went onto run in that season’s Gold Cup (1 winner, Sizing John 2017)
12/19 – Had won over fences at Leopardstown before
12/19 – Irish-bred
12/19 – Rated 160 or higher
11/19 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
9/19 – Winning distance – 3 lengths or more
7/19 – Trained by Willie Mullins (11 wins in total)
6/19 – Winning favourites
6/19 – Won last time out
3/19 – Won by a previous winner of the race
2/19 – Won by a UK-based trainer
The average winning SP in the last 19 runnings is 11/2

 

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