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Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom for five-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 3 milesfurlongs (5,331 m) on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. There are twenty-two fences to be jumped in the race.

It was first run in on March 12 1924, and is the most prestigious chase in Great Britain.

The most successful horse in Gold Cup history was Golden Miller, who won five times from 1932. Three other horses have won the race three times consecutively - Cottage Rake in 1948-1950, Arkle in 1964-1966 and Best Mate in 2002-2004. Trainer Michael Dickinson trained the first five horses home in the race in 1983. The finishing order was Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House.

Records

  • Most successful horse - Golden Miller, 5 wins (1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936)
  • Most successful jockey - Pat Taaffe, 4 wins (1964, 1965, 1966, 1968)
  • Most successful trainer - Tom Dreaper, 5 wins (1946, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968)
  • Most successful owner - Dorothy Paget, 7 wins (1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1952)
  • Shortest odds winner - Arkle, 1/10 in 1966
  • Longest odds winner - Norton's Coin, 100/1 in 1990

Winners

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
1924 Red Splash 5 Dick Rees Fred Withington
1925 Ballinode 9 Ted Leader Frank Morgan
1926 Koko 8 Tim Hamey Alfred Bickley
1927 Thrown In 11 Mr Hugh Grosvenor Owen Anthony
1928 Patron Saint 5 Dick Rees Stanley Harrison
1929 Easter Hero 9 Dick Rees Jack Anthony
1930 Easter Hero 10 Tommy Cullinan Jack Anthony
1931 no race 1931 *
1932 Golden Miller 5 Ted Leader Basil Briscoe
1933 Golden Miller 6 Billy Stott Basil Briscoe
1934 Golden Miller 7 Gerry Wilson Basil Briscoe
1935 Golden Miller 8 Gerry Wilson Basil Briscoe
1936 Golden Miller 9 Evan Williams Owen Anthony
1937 no race 1937 *
1938 Morse Code 9 Danny Morgan Ivor Anthony
1939 Brendan's Cottage 9 George Owen George Beeby
1940 Roman Hackle 7 Evan Williams Owen Anthony
1941 Poet Prince 9 Roger Burford Ivor Anthony
1942 Medoc II 8 Frenchie Nicholson Reg Hobbs
1943 no race 1943-44 *
1945 Red Rower 11 Davy Jones Lord Stalbridge
1946 Prince Regent 11 Tim Hyde Tom Dreaper
1947 Fortina 6 Mr Richard Black Hector Christie
1948 Cottage Rake 9 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien
1949 Cottage Rake 10 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien
1950 Cottage Rake 11 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien
1951 Silver Fame 12 Martin Molony George Beeby
1952 Mont Tremblant 6 Dave Dick Fulke Walwyn
1953 Knock Hard 9 Tim Molony Vincent O'Brien
1954 Four Ten 8 Tommy Cusack John Roberts
1955 Gay Donald 9 Tony Grantham Jim Ford
1956 Limber Hill 9 Jimmy Power Bill Dutton
1957 Linwell 9 Michael Scudamore Charlie Mallon
1958 Kerstin 8 Stan Hayhurst Verly Bewicke
1959 Roddy Owen 10 Bobby Beasley Danny Morgan
1960 Pas Seul 7 Bill Rees Bob Turnell
1961 Saffron Tartan 10 Fred Winter Don Butchers
1962 Mandarin 11 Fred Winter Fulke Walwyn
1963 Mill House 6 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1964 Arkle 7 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1965 Arkle 8 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1966 Arkle 9 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1967 Woodland Venture 7 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1968 Fort Leney 10 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1969 What a Myth 12 Paul Kelleway Ryan Price
1970 L'Escargot 7 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1971 L'Escargot 8 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1972 Glencaraig Lady 8 Frank Berry Francis Flood
1973 The Dikler 10 Ron Barry Fulke Walwyn
1974 Captain Christy 7 Bobby Beasley Pat Taaffe
1975 Ten Up 8 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper
1976 Royal Frolic 7 John Burke Fred Rimell
1977 Davy Lad 7 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole
1978 Midnight Court 7 John Francome Fred Winter
1979 Alverton 9 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1980 Master Smudge * 8 Richard Hoare Arthur Barrow
1981 Little Owl 7 Mr Jim Wilson Peter Easterby
1982 Silver Buck 10 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson
1983 Bregawn 9 Graham Bradley Michael Dickinson
1984 Burrough Hill Lad 8 Phil Tuck Jenny Pitman
1985 Forgive 'n Forget 8 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1986 Dawn Run 8 Jonjo O'Neill Paddy Mullins
1987 The Thinker 9 Ridley Lamb Arthur Stephenson
1988 Charter Party 10 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1989 Desert Orchid 10 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth
1990 Norton's Coin 9 Graham McCourt Sirrel Griffiths
1991 Garrison Savannah 8 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1992 Cool Ground 10 Adrian Maguire Toby Balding
1993 Jodami 8 Mark Dwyer Peter Beaumont
1994 The Fellow 9 Adam Kondrat François Doumen
1995 Master Oats 9 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
1996 Imperial Call 7 Conor O'Dwyer Fergie Sutherland
1997 Mr Mulligan 9 Tony McCoy Noel Chance
1998 Cool Dawn 10 Andrew Thornton Robert Alner
1999 See More Business 9 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls
2000 Looks Like Trouble 8 Richard Johnson Noel Chance
2001 no race 2001 *
2002 Best Mate 7 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2003 Best Mate 8 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2004 Best Mate 9 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2005 Kicking King 7 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe
2006 War of Attrition 7 Conor O'Dwyer Mouse Morris
2007 Kauto Star 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Denman 8 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
* Cancellations have been due to frost (1931), flooding (1937), World War II (1943, 1944) and a foot-and-mouth crisis (2001).
* Tied Cottage finished first in 1980 but was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.

Notes

  • 1973 - Pendil was the odds-on favourite. He was called the winner coming to the final fence by Peter O'Sullevan. However, The Dikler rallied on the flat and just won. The next year Pendil was again odds-on favourite and was unluckily brought down three from home. He was ridden by current racing pundit Richard Pitman.
  • 1974 - Captain Christy is the most recent novice to win the race.
  • 1979 - Tied Cottage fell at the last fence when just leading Alverton. The next year he passed the post first only to be disqualified much later due to a drugs infringement.
  • 1983 - The first five horses home were trained by Michael Dickinson. In order these were Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House.
  • 1986 - Dawn Run became the only horse to have won both the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
  • 1990 - Norton's Coin, the longest-priced winner of the race with odds of 100/1, is also the only Welsh-trained winner.
  • 1991 - Five of the horses who took part won the race sometime during their career. These were previous winners Desert Orchid and Norton's Coin, future champions The Fellow and Cool Ground as well as the actual race winner Garrison Savannah.
  • 1994 - The Fellow is the only Gold Cup winner to be trained in France.
  • 1995 - Kim Bailey and Norman Williamson, with Alderbrook and Master Oats, are the latest of five trainer/jockey combinations to win the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup in the same year.

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