Bet365 Gold Cup

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Bet365 Gold Cup
Grade 3 race
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Bet365
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance3m 5f (5,934 metres)
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £115,000 (2021)
1st: £64,711
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The Bet365 Gold Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 3 miles and 5 furlongs (3 miles, 4 furlongs and 166 yards, or 5,784 metres), and during its running there are twenty-four fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late April.



The event was established in 1957, and it was originally called the Whitbread Gold Cup. It was sponsored by Whitbread Brewers at the instigation of Colonel Bill Whitbread, the company's chairman, who had twice ridden in the Grand National as an amateur jockey. It was the first commercial sponsorship in British sport, and the longest-running until it ended in 2001. [1]

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2011 Bet365 Gold Cup

In recent years the race has been sponsored by At the Races (2002–03), Betfred (2004–07) and Bet365 (2008–). The record for the longest-running sponsorship of a British horse race is now held by the Hennessy Gold Cup, which was launched seven months after the "Whitbread" and was sponsored by Hennessy until the 2016 running.

The Bet365 Gold Cup takes place at a meeting which features both jump and flat races and marks the end of the National Hunt racing season in Great Britain. Other events at this meeting include the Celebration Chase, the Gordon Richards Stakes and the Sandown Mile.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (3 wins):

Leading trainer (7 wins):


1957 Much Obliged 910–12 Johnny East Neville Crump
1958 Taxidermist 610-08 John Lawrence [lower-alpha 1] Fulke Walwyn
1959 Done Up 910–13 Harry Sprague Ryan Price
1960 Plummers Plain 710-00 Ron Harrison Syd Dale
1961 Pas Seul 812-00 Dave Dick Bob Turnell
1962 Frenchman's Cove 711-03 Stan Mellor Harry Thomson Jones
1963 Hoodwinked 810-09 Pat Buckley Neville Crump
1964 Dormant 709-07 Pat Buckley Neville Crump
1965 Arkle 812-07 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1966 What a Myth 909-08 Paul Kelleway Ryan Price
1967 Mill House 1011-11 David Nicholson Fulke Walwyn
1968 Larbawn 910-09 Macer Gifford Michael Marsh
1969 Larbawn 1011-04 Josh Gifford Michael Marsh
1970 Royal Toss 810-00 Richard Pitman Tim Handel
1971 Titus Oates 911–13 Ron Barry Gordon W. Richards
1972 Grey Sombrero 809-10 Bill Shoemark David Gandolfo
1973 Charlie Potheen [lower-alpha 2] 812-00 Ron Barry Fulke Walwyn
1974 The Dikler [lower-alpha 3] 1111–13 Ron Barry Fulke Walwyn
1975 April Seventh 909-13 Steve Knight Bob Turnell
1976 Otter Way 810-10 Jeff King Oliver Carter
1977 Andy Pandy 810–12 John Burke Fred Rimell
1978 Strombolus 710-00 Tommy Stack Peter Bailey
1979 Diamond Edge 811-11 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1980 Royal Mail 1011-05 Philip Blacker Stan Mellor
1981 Diamond Edge 1011-07 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1982 Shady Deal 910-00 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1983 Drumlargan 910-10 Frank Codd [lower-alpha 1] Edward O'Grady
1984 Special Cargo 1111-02 Kevin Mooney Fulke Walwyn
1985 By the Way 711-00 Robert Earnshaw Monica Dickinson
1986 Plundering 910–06 Simon Sherwood Fred Winter
1987 Lean Ar Aghaidh 1009-10 Guy Landau Stan Mellor
1988 Desert Orchid 911-11 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth
1989 Brown Windsor 710-00 Michael Bowlby Nicky Henderson
1990 Mr Frisk 1110-05 Marcus Armytage [lower-alpha 1] Kim Bailey
1991 Docklands Express [lower-alpha 3] 910-03 Anthony Tory Kim Bailey
1992 Topsham Bay 910-01 Hywel Davies David Barons
1993 Topsham Bay [lower-alpha 3] 1010-01 Richard Dunwoody David Barons
1994 Ushers Island 810-00 Charlie Swan Howard Johnson
1995 Cache Fleur 910-01 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1996 Life of a Lord 1011-10 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 Harwell Lad 810-00 Rupert Nuttall [lower-alpha 1] Robert Alner
1998 Call It a Day 810-10 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1999 Eulogy 910-00 Barry Fenton Richard Rowe
2000 Beau 710-09 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 Ad Hoc 710-04 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2002 Bounce Back 610-09 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2003 Ad Hoc 910-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Puntal 811-04 Danny Howard Martin Pipe
2005 Jack High 1010-00 Garrett Cotter Ted Walsh
2006 Lacdoudal 711-05 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Hot Weld 810-00 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Monkerhostin 1110–13 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2009 Hennessy 810-07 Tony McCoy Carl Llewellyn
2010 Church Island 1110-05 Adrian Heskin Michael Hourigan
2011 Poker de Sivola 810–12 Timmy Murphy Ferdy Murphy
2012 Tidal Bay 1111–12 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2013 Quentin Collonges 910–12 Andrew Tinkler Henry Daly
2014 Hadrian's Approach 711-00 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2015 Just A Par 810-00 Sean Bowen Paul Nicholls
2016The Young Master710–12 Sam Waley-Cohen [lower-alpha 1] Neil Mulholland
2017Henllan Harri910-00 Sean Bowen Peter Bowen
2018Step Back810-00Jamie MooreMark Bradstock
2019Talkischeap710-11 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
no race 2020 [lower-alpha 4]
2021Potterman [lower-alpha 3] 811-09Tom Cannon Alan King
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 amateur rider
  2. The 1973 edition was run at Newcastle over 3 miles and 6 furlongs
  3. 1 2 3 4 Proud Tarquin (1974), Cahervillahow (1991), Givus a Buck (1993) and Enrilo (2021) all finished first but were disqualified following a Stewards' Enquiry
  4. The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom [2]

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Related Research Articles


  1. "Whitbread ends Sandown link". 19 December 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2010.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.