Cotswold Chase Odds

Frodon was an excellent winner of the Cotswold Chase in 2019
Frodon was an excellent winner of the Cotswold Chase in 2019

The Cotswold Chase is one of the key races on trials day at the Cheltenham Festival and the betting for the race will be hotly contested once again in 2020.

Cotswold Chase Tips

Our Cotswold Chase tip will be made in the days leading up to the Prestbury Park contest so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on this page as we look to point punters in the right direction.

What is the Cotswold Chase?

The Cotswold Chase is a Grade Two race run over a trip of three miles and one furlongs at Cheltenham racecourse at the end of January.

Currently known as the Betbright Cotswold Chase, there are 21 fences to be jumped during the race which is known as one of the last key trials for the Cheltenham Gold Cup back at the same venue in March.

Festival Trials Day is one of the key fixtures of the entire winter with a card full of excellent races for punters to enjoy with at least half an eye on the four-day spectacular which follows just a few weeks later. Some excellent animals have won the Cotswold Chase over the past 30 years and we are expecting another stellar cast-list to head to Gloucestershire in 2020 aiming for big race glory.

What happened in the 2020 Cotswold Chase?

Nicky Henderson's Santini produced a career best performance over fences to win the 2020 Cotswold Chase, and the Seven Barrows star was instantly trimmed in the betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March following his eye-catching three-and-a-half length victory over Bristol De Mai. Sent off the 13/8 favourite, Santini stalked Bristol De Mai for much of the contest, but having pinged the last fence he duly outclassed the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained contender up the hill, and with more improvement to come in the blue riband event at the Cheltenham Festival then he could be the premier British challenger against a strong Irish team set to head over to Prestbury Park.

The history of the Cotswold Chase

First run in 1980, the Cotswold Chase is one of the best staying chase races of the season in the UK with a number of excellent horses on the roll of honour. 

The Grade Two contest has been known by a number of names down the years including the Tote Double Chase and the Argento Chase and continues to be one of the last trial races of the winter ahead of the Gold Cup at Prestbury Park at the Cheltenham Festival.

As well as being a big race on its own, the Cotswold Chase is  a key trial for the Gold Cup with Looks Like Trouble the last horse to win both races in the same campaign.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Cotswold Chase?

The roll of honour for the Cotswold Chase is an excellent one with a host of brilliant horses claiming the victory at Cheltenham down the years. One Man, See More Business, Looks like Trouble and Neptune Collonges are just a few of the legendary names to have won the race but top of the list has be Many Clouds.

The Oliver Sherwood trained horse won the race twice in 2015 and 2017 with the latter of those successes a memorable day for mixed reasons. The Grand National winner famously beat Thistlecrack in one of the best races of all time before collapsing at the finish line where he lost his life in one of the saddest days of the sport. Those are of course sad memories but the sight of Many Clouds battling up that famous hill will live long in the memory.

Are there any trials for the Cotswold Chase?

There are no specific trials for the Cotswold Chase itself but the road towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup is a clear path and we will often see a number of contenders for the blue-riband race of the season have their final run before the Festival on Trials Day. Trainers tend to use the Cotswold Chase as a test for their potential Gold Cup horses as we saw with Frodon in 2019, after which Paul Nicholls decided to send the horse to the Ryanair Chase and not the Gold Cup.

We could also see horses from the King George head to Trials Day at the end of January.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Cotswold Chase?

The brilliant AP McCoy loved it at Cheltenham and tasted victory in the Cotswold Chase on three occasions during his now famous career. The multiple champion jockey won the Trials Day contest on Cyfor Malta (1999), Exotic Dancer (2007) and Neptune Collonges (2011).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Cotswold Chase?

Paul Nicholls has won just about every big race there is to win in the sport, including the Cotswold Chase on five occasions which puts him top of the tree in terms of records. The Ditcheat handler has won the race with See More Business (1998 + 2001), Taranis (2010), Neptune Collonges (2011) and Frodon (2019) so far and it would be be surprise to see him add to that tally in the near future.

£20 Risk Free First Bet Money Back In Cash

New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. T&Cs apply. 18+
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
New customers using promo code C40 only. 1x per customer. Min £10/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets paid as 2x £15/€15 (expires after 30 days). Max £10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable amount £25. Casino bonus expires 72 hours from issue. Eligibility rules, free-bet rules, game, location, payment-method, currency restrictions, stake contributions and terms and conditions apply. 18+
Welcome Offer
#ad Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code ‘100BET365’ can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. 18+
Bet £10 Get £30 + 60 Free Spins
New UK & NI customers only. Promo code SPORTS60. Deposit and place first sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, at odds of Evens (2.0)+, settled within 60 days. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Max 60 Free Spins on Justice League Comics. 7-day expiry.  Full T&Cs apply. 18+
Bet £5 Get £20 In Free Bets
Min £5 bet on the SBK. Rewards valid for 7 days. Free bets must be placed at min odds of 1.5. Exchange free bet limited to certain markets. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. 18+
Bet £10 & Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+
Bet £10 Get £40 In Bonuses
18+ new customers only. Deposit, opt-in and place a £10 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 3x £10 Sports Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater. Plus, a £10 Game Show Bonus, selected games, wager 40x to withdraw a max of £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. T&Cs Apply, see below. Please Gamble Responsibly. 18+
£25 Bet Bundle
UK Customers (Excluding NI) only. Cash stakes only. Min £10 stake required for initial £5 free bet. Min odds ½. Max £25 in free bets. Subsequent free bets equal 50% average of each 3 qualifying bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of opening account. Cashed out bets will not qualify towards average stake. One offer per customer, household or IP address. Free bet expires after 7 days. T&Cs apply
Today's Most tipped
La Tihaty silk
Chelmsford City 17:15
Latest racing results
1st Be Proud
2nd Outrage
3rd Mondammej
1st I Know How
2nd Pearl Of Qatar
3rd Tathmeen
1st Elusive Treat
2nd It Just Takes Time
3rd Kevin The Minion
View All Today's Results