Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Cheltenham Gold Cup
Grade 1 race
Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.jpg
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated1924
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor WellChild
Website Cheltenham Gold Cup
Race information
Distance3m 2f 70y (5,294 m)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
Qualification5-years-old and up
Weight11 st 9 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
Allowances
7 lb for mares
Purse £468,750 (2021)
1st: £263,766
Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
2020
Owner Mrs J Donnelly.svg Owner Mr R Kelvin-Hughes.svg Owner Taylor and O'Dwyer.svg
Al Boum PhotoSantiniLostintranslation
Previous years
2019
Owner Mrs J Donnelly.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mr S Munir.svg
Al Boum PhotoAnibale FlyBristol De Mai
2018
Owner Brocade Racing.svg Owner The Knot Again Partnership.svg Owner Mr John P McManus blue cap.svg
Native RiverMight BiteAnibale Fly
2017
Owner A Potts.svg Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Brocade Racing.svg
Sizing JohnMinella RoccoNative River
2016
Owner Gigginstown House Stud.svg Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner Gigginstown House Stud white cap.svg
Don CossackDjakadamDon Poli
2015
Owner The Max Partnership.svg Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner Gigginstown House Stud.svg
ConeygreeDjakadamRoad To Riches
2014
Owner Dr R Lambe.svg Owner Mr Graham Wylie.svg Owner Mr Simon Hunt.svg
Lord WindermereOn His OwnThe Giant Bolster
2013
Owner The Not Afraid Partnership.svg Owner Gigginstown House Stud.svg Owner Mr Robert Waley-Cohen.svg
Bobs WorthSir Des ChampsLong Run
2012
Owner Mr John P McManus.svg Owner Mr Simon Hunt.svg Owner Mr Robert Waley-Cohen.svg
SynchronisedThe Giant BolsterLong Run
2011
Owner Mr Robert Waley-Cohen.svg Owner Mr Paul K Barber.svg Owner Mr Clive D Smith.svg
Long RunDenmanKauto Star

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of about 3 miles 2½ furlongs (3 miles 2 furlongs and 70 yards, or 5,294 m), and during its running there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The steeplechase, which is open to horses aged five years and over, is the most prestigious of all National Hunt events and it is sometimes referred to as the Blue Riband of jump-racing. Its roll of honour features the names of such chasers as Arkle, Best Mate, Golden Miller, Kauto Star, Denman and Mill House. The Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain, and in 2021 it offered a total prize fund of £468,750.

History

Early years

The first horse race known as the Cheltenham Gold Cup took place in July 1819. It was a flat race, and it was contested over 3 miles on Cleeve Hill, which overlooks the present venue. The inaugural winner, Spectre, won a prize of 100 guineas for his owner Mr Bodenham.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup was first run as a jumps race on 12 March 1924. The race was covered by Pathe News. [1] A prize of £685 was awarded to the owner of the winning horse. The event originally took place on what is now the "Old Course" at Cheltenham. In its early years it was overshadowed at the Festival by another race, the National Hunt Chase and was worth less in prize money than the County Handicap Hurdle which had a purse of £1,000. [2]

The Gold Cup was abandoned in 1931 (because of frost) and 1937 (flooding), but the five intervening years saw the emergence of the most successful horse in the event's history. All five races from 1932 to 1936 were won by Golden Miller, who also won the Grand National in 1934.

During World War II, the Gold Cup was cancelled twice, in 1943 and 1944. The first multiple winner in the post-war era was Cottage Rake, who won the three runnings from 1948 to 1950. Cottage Rake was trained in Ireland by Vincent O'Brien, and his successes helped to popularise the Gold Cup, and the Festival itself, with the Irish public.

Modern era

The Gold Cup was switched to the "New Course" in 1959, and this remains the regular track used for the event. In the mid-1960s, the race was dominated by Arkle, who won three consecutive runnings from 1964 to 1966. Such was Arkle's perceived superiority before the last of these victories that he was given a starting price of 1/10 (a £10 bet would have won £1). He remains the shortest-priced winner in the race's history.

The first commercial sponsorship of the race was by Piper Champagne, which began supporting the event in 1972. The Tote (now known as Totesport) became the sponsor in 1980.

The most remarkable feat in the Gold Cup by a trainer came in 1983, when Michael Dickinson was responsible for all of the first five horses to finish – Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House. The 1986 winner, Dawn Run, is the only horse to have ever won both this race and the leading hurdle event, the Champion Hurdle. One of the most popular horses to win the Gold Cup was Desert Orchid, a grey who won the event in 1989. The following year's running was won by Norton's Coin, whose starting price of 100/1 represents the race's longest ever winning price.

The entire Cheltenham Festival was cancelled in 2001 because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. A replacement for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Gold Trophy Chase, was contested at Sandown in late April, but the Racing Post stated that this "lacked any strength in depth and was no substitute for the Gold Cup". [3] The next three runnings were all won by Best Mate, who is the most recent of the four horses to have won the race three or more times.

In 2009, Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the Gold Cup. He overcame his stablemate and conqueror in 2008, Denman, who had recovered from a heart condition to take his place in the race. [4] Timeform spokesperson Kieran Packman said of Kauto Star's performance, "it is the best Gold Cup-winning figure since the Arkle era in the mid-1960s". [5]

One of the cups, a different one being awarded each year, was reported stolen on 14 July 2010 after a burglary at a home in Wormington, Gloucestershire. [6]

Cheltenham Racecourse announced in September 2018 that it had been reunited with the original Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy, dating back to 1924, and will present it to the winner of the 2019 race. First awarded to five-year-old Red Splash, owned by Major Humphrey Wyndham, trained by Fred Withington and ridden by Dick Rees, it will now be re-introduced as a perpetual trophy, presented to the winning connections of the 2019 race and in future years. [7]

Records

Most successful horse (5 wins):

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Leading trainer (5 wins):

Leading owner (7 wins):

Winners

Date
Winner
SP
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Field
Runners-up
Time
1924, 12 March Red Splash 5/15 Dick Rees Fred WithingtonMaj. Humphrey Wyndham92nd. (hd) Conjuror II 7/1
3rd. (nk) Gerald L. 5/1
Not taken [8]
1925, 11 March Ballinode3/19Ted Leader Frank Morgan (IRE)Christopher Bentley42nd. (5 L) Alcazar 8/13F
3rd. (dst) Patsey 10/1
7:29.6 [9]
1926, 9 March Koko 10/18Tim HameyAlfred BickleyFrank Barbour82nd. (4 L) Old Tay Bridge 3/1
3rd. (5 L) Ruddyglow 6/5F
7:11.0 [10]
1927, 8 March Thrown In 10/111Mr Hugh Grosvenor Owen Anthony 2nd Lord Stalbridge 82nd. (2 L) Grakle 5/1
3rd. (1 12 L) Silvo 13/8F
7:28.0 [11]
1928, 13 March Patron Saint 7/25 Dick Rees Stanley Harrison F. W. Keen72nd. (4 L) Vive 8/1
3rd. (2 L) Koko 4/5F
7:29.6 [12]
1929, 12 March Easter Hero 7/4F9 Dick Rees Jack Anthony John Hay Whitney 102nd. (20 L) Lloydie 100/9
3rd. (2 L) Grakle 11/4
6:57.0 [13]
1930, 11 March Easter Hero 8/11F10 Tommy Cullinan Jack Anthony John Hay Whitney 42nd. (20 L) Grakle 10/1
3rd. (dist) Gib 13/8
7:06.0 [14]
no race 1931 [1]
1932, 1 March Golden Miller 13/25 Ted Leader Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 62nd. (4 L) Inverse 8/1
3rd. (dist) Aruntius 20/1
7:33.4 [15]
1933, 7 March Golden Miller 4/7F6 Billy Stott Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 72nd. (10 L) Thomond II 11/4
3rd. (5 L) Delaneige 20/1
7:33.0 [16]
1934, 6 March Golden Miller 6/5F7 Gerry Wilson Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 72nd. (6 L) Avenger 6/1
3rd. (6 L) Kellsboro 10/1
7:04.6 [17]
1935, 14 March Golden Miller 1/2F8 Gerry Wilson Basil Briscoe Dorothy Paget 52nd. (34 L) Thomond II 5/2
3rd. (5 L) Kellsboro' Jack 100/7
6:30.0 [18]
1936, 12 March Golden Miller 21/20F9 Evan Williams Owen Anthony Dorothy Paget 62nd. (12 L) Royal Mail 5/1
3rd. (2 L) Kellsboro' Jack 10/1
7:05.2 [19]
no race 1937 [1]
1938, 10 March Morse Code 13/29 Danny Morgan Ivor Anthony Dealtry C. Part 62nd. (2 L) Golden Miller 7/4F
3rd. (3 L) Macaulay 3/1
6:35.2 [20]
1939, 9 March Brendan's Cottage 8/19 George Owen George Beeby Jean Smith-Bingham52nd. (5 L) Morse Code 4/7F
3rd. (dist) Embarrassed 25/1
7:34.2 [21]
1940, 20 March Roman Hackle EvensF7 Evan Williams Owen Anthony Dorothy Paget 72nd. (10 L) Black Hawk 20/1
3rd. (2 L) Royal Mail 100/8
6:46.4 [22]
1941, 20 March Poet Prince 7/29 Roger Burford Ivor Anthony David Sherbrooke102nd. (3 L) Savon 100/30
3rd. (sh) Red Rower 8/1
6:15.6 [23]
1942, 21 March Medoc II 9/28 Frenchie Nicholson Reg Hobbs 7th Earl of Sefton 122nd. (3 L) Red Rower 3/1F
3rd. (sh) Asterabad 20/1
6:38.0 [24]
Races not held in 1943–44 due to World War II [2]
1945, 17 March Red Rower 11/4F11 Davy Jones 2nd Lord Stalbridge 2nd Lord Stalbridge 162nd. (3 L) Schubert 11/2
3rd. (1 12 L) Paladin 100/30
6:16.2 [25]
1946, 14 March Prince Regent 4/7F11 Tim Hyde Tom Dreaper (IRE)Jimmy Rank62nd. (5 L) Poor Flame 5/1
3rd. (4 L) Red 9/2 April
6:47.6 [26]
1947, 12 April Fortina 8/16Mr Richard Black Hector Christie 3rd Baron Grimthorpe 122nd. (10 L) Happy Home 3/1
3rd. (5 L) Prince Blackthorn 8/1
6:41.2 [27]
1948, 4 March Cottage Rake 10/19 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Frank Vickerman122nd. (1 12 L) Happy Home 6/1
3rd. (10 L) Coloured School Boy 10/1
6:56.4 [28]
1949, 11 April Cottage Rake 4/6F10 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Frank Vickerman62nd. (2 L) Cool Customer 13/2
3rd. (6 L) Coloured School Boy 8/1
6:36.0 [29]
1950, 9 March Cottage Rake 5/6F11 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Frank L. Vickerman62nd. (10 L) Finnure 5/4
3rd. (8 L) Garde Toi 100/1
7:00.6 [30]
1951, 25 April Silver Fame 6/4F12 Martin Molony George Beeby 1st Baron Bicester 62nd. (shd) Greenogue 100/8
3rd. (2 L) Mighty Fine 10/1
6:23.4 [31]
1952, 6 March Mont Tremblant 8/16 Dave Dick Fulke Walwyn Dorothy Paget 132nd. (10 L) Shaef 7/1
3rd. (4 L) Galloway Braes 66/1
7:02.3 [32]
1953, 5 March Knock Hard 11/29 Tim Molony Vincent O'Brien (IRE)Moya Keogh122nd. (5 L) Halloween 5/2F
3rd. (2 L) Galloway Braes 33/1
6:28.4 [33]
1954 Four Ten 100/68 Tommy Cusack John Roberts Alan Strange92nd. (4 L) Mariner's Log 20/1
3rd. (4 L) Halloween 100/6
7:12.20 [34]
1955 Gay Donald 33/19 Tony Grantham Jim Ford Philip Burt92nd. (10 L) Halloween 7/2
3rd. (8 L) Four Ten 3/1F
6:59.20 [34]
1956 Limber Hill 11/8F9 Jimmy Power Bill Dutton James Davey112nd. (4 L) Vigor 50/1
3rd. (1 12 L) Halloween 100/8
6:42.00 [34]
1957 Linwell 100/99 Michael Scudamore Charlie Mallon [3] David Brown 132nd. (1 L) Kerstin† 6/1
3rd. (5 L) Rose Park 100/8
6:55.6 [34]
1958 Kerstin7/18 Stan Hayhurst Verly Bewicke George H. Moore92nd. (12 L) Polar Flight 11/2
3rd. (dist) Gay Donald 13/2
6:55.6 [34]
1959 Roddy Owen 5/110 Bobby Beasley Danny Morgan (IRE) 12th Earl of Fingall 112nd. (3 L) Linwell 11/2
3rd. (10 L) Lochroe 100/9
7:28.4 [34]
1960 Pas Seul 6/17 Bill Rees Bob Turnell John Rogerson112nd. (1 L) Lochroe 12/1
3rd. (5 L) Zonda 9/1
7:00.0 [34]
1961 Saffron Tartan 2/110 Fred Winter Don Butchers Guy Westmacott92nd. (1 12 L) Pas Seul 100/30
3rd. (3 L) Mandarin 100/7
6:49.8 [34]
1962 Mandarin 7/211 Fred Winter Fulke Walwyn Peggy Hennessy102nd. (1 L) Fortria 3/1
3rd. (10 L) Cocky Consort 50/1
6:39.4 [34]
1963 Mill House 7/26 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn Bill Gollings122nd. (12 L) Fortria 4/1
3rd. (4 L) Duke of York 7/1
7:08.4 [34]
1964 Arkle 7/47 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper (IRE) Duchess of Westminster 42nd. (5 L) Mill House 8/13F
3rd. (25 L) Pas Seul 50/1
6:45.6 [34]
1965 Arkle 30/100F8 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper (IRE) Duchess of Westminster 42nd. (20 L) Mill House 100/30
3rd. (30 L) Stoney Crossing 100/1
6:41.2 [34]
1966 Arkle 1/10F9 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper (IRE) Duchess of Westminster 52nd. (30 L) Dormant 20/1
3rd. (10 L) Snaigow 100/7
6:54.2 [34]
1967 Woodland Venture 100/87 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell Harry Collins82nd. (34 L) Stalbridge Colonist 11/2
3rd. (2 L) What A Myth 3/1
6:59.2 [34]
1968 Fort Leney 11/210 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper (IRE)John Thomson52nd. (neck) The Laird 3/1
3rd. (1 L) Stalbridge Colonist 7/2
6:51.0 [34]
1969 What A Myth 8/112 Paul Kelleway Ryan Price Lady Lucy Weir112nd. (1 12 L) Domacorn 7/2
3rd. (20 L) Playlord 4/1
7:30.8 [34]
1970 L'Escargot 33/17 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore (IRE) Raymond R. Guest 122nd. (1 12 L) French Tan 8/1
3rd. (10 L) Spanish Steps 9/4
6:47.4 [34]
1971 L'Escargot 7/28 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore (IRE) Raymond R. Guest 82nd. (10 L) Leap Frog 7/2
3rd. (15 L) The Dikler 15/2
8:00.6 [34]
1972 Glencaraig Lady6/18 Frank Berry Francis Flood (IRE)Patrick Doyle122nd. (34 L) Royal Toss 22/1
3rd. (head) The Dikler 11/1
7:17.8 [34]
1973 The Dikler 9/110 Ron Barry Fulke Walwyn Peggy August122nd. (shd) Pendil 4/6F
3rd. (6 L) Charlie Potheen 9/2
6:37.2 [34]
1974 Captain Christy 7/17 Bobby Beasley Pat Taaffe (IRE)Jane Samuel72nd. (5 L) The Dikler 5/1
3rd. (20 L) Game Spirit 20/1
7:05.5 [34]
1975 Ten Up 2/18 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper (IRE) Duchess of Westminster 82nd. (6 L) Soothsayer 28/1
3rd. (1 12 L) Bula 5/1
7:51.4 [34]
1976 Royal Frolic 14/17 John Burke Fred Rimell Sir Edward Hanmer112nd. (5 L) Brown Lad 13/8F
3rd. (5 L) Colebridge 12/1
6:40.1 [34]
1977 Davy Lad 14/17 Dessie Hughes Mick O'Toole (IRE)Anne-Marie McGowan132nd. (6 L) Tied Cottage 20/1
3rd. (20 L) Summerville 15/1
7:13.8 [34]
1978 Midnight Court 5/27 John Francome Fred Winter Olive Jackson102nd. (7 L) Brown Lad 8/1
3rd. (1 L) Master H 18/1
6:57.3 [34]
1979 Alverton 5/19 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby Snailwell Stud Co.142nd. (25 L) Royal Mail 7/1
3rd. (20 L) Aldaniti 40/1
7:01.0 [34]
1980 Master Smudge [4] 14/18 Richard Hoare Arthur Barrow Arthur Barrow142nd. (5 L) Mac Vidi 66/1
3rd. (2 12 L) Approaching 11/1
7:14.2 [34]
1981 Little Owl 6/17Mr Jim Wilson Peter Easterby Robin & Jim Wilson152nd. (1 12 L) Night Nurse 6/1
3rd. (10 L) Silver Buck 7/2
7:09.9 [34]
1982 Silver Buck 8/110 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson Christine Feather222nd. (2 L) Bregawn 18/1
3rd. (12 L) Sunset Cristo 50/1
7:11.3 [34]
1983 Bregawn 100/309 Graham Bradley Michael W. Dickinson James Kennelly112nd. (5 L) Captain John 11/1
3rd. (1 12 L) Wayward Lad 6/1
6:57.6 [34]
1984 Burrough Hill Lad 7/28 Phil Tuck Jenny Pitman Stan Riley122nd. (3 L) Brown Chamberlin 5/1
3rd. (8 L) Drumlargan 16/1
6:41.4 [34]
1985 Forgive 'n Forget 7/18 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald Tim Kilroe & Sons Ltd152nd. (1 12 L) Righthand Man 15/2
3rd. (2 12 L) Earls Brig 13/2
6:48.3 [34]
1986 Dawn Run15/8f8 Jonjo O'Neill Paddy Mullins (IRE)Charmian Hill112nd. (1 L) Wayward Lad 8/1
3rd. (2 12 L) Forgive 'n Forget 7/2
6:35.0 [34]
1987 The Thinker 13/29 Ridley Lamb Arthur Stephenson Tom McDonagh122nd. (1 12 L) Cybrandian 25/1
3rd. (2 12 L) Door Latch 9/1
6:56.1 [34]
1988 Charter Party 10/110 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson Smith / Mould152nd. (6 L) Cavvies Clown 6/1
3rd. (10 L) Beau Ranger 33/1
6:58.9 [34]
1989 Desert Orchid 5/210 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth Richard Burridge 132nd. (1 12 L) Yahoo 25/1
3rd. (8 L) Charter Party 14/1
7:17.6 [34]
1990 Norton's Coin 100/19 Graham McCourt Sirrel Griffiths Sirrel Griffiths122nd. (34 L) Toby Tobias 8/1
3rd. (4 L) Desert Orchid 10/11f
6:30.9 [34]
1991 Garrison Savannah 16/18 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman Autofour Engineering142nd. (shd) The Fellow 28/1
3rd. (15 L) Desert Orchid 4/1
6:49.8 [34]
1992 Cool Ground 25/110 Adrian Maguire Toby Balding Whitcombe Manor Racing82nd. (shd) The Fellow 7/2
3rd. (1 L) Docklands Express 16/1
6:47.5 [34]
1993 Jodami 8/18 Mark Dwyer Peter Beaumont John Yeadon162nd. (2 L) Rushing Wild 11/1
3rd. (7 L) Royal Athlete 66/1
6:34.4 [34]
1994 The Fellow 7/19 Adam Kondrat François Doumen (FRA) Marquesa de Moratalla 152nd. (1 12 L) Jodami 6/4F
3rd. (4 L) Young Hustler 20/1
6:40.7 [34]
1995 Master Oats 100/309 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey Paul Matthews152nd. (15 L) Dubacilla 20/1
3rd. (15 L) Miinnehoma 9/1
6:55.9 [34]
1996 Imperial Call 9/27 Conor O'Dwyer Fergie Sutherland (IRE)Lisselan Farms Ltd102nd. (4 L) Rough Quest 12/1
3rd. (19 L) Couldn't Be Better 11/1
6:42.3 [34]
1997 Mr Mulligan 20/19 Tony McCoy Noel Chance M. & G. Worcester142nd. (9 L) Barton Bank 33/1
3rd. (12 L) Dorans Pride 10/1
6:35.5 [34]
1998 Cool Dawn 25/110 Andrew Thornton Robert Alner Dido Harding 172nd. (1 34 L) Strong Promise 14/1
3rd. (hd) Dorans Pride 9/4
6:39.7 [34]
1999 See More Business 16/19 Mick Fitzgerald Paul Nicholls Barber / Keighley122nd. (1 L) Go Ballistic 66/1
3rd. (17 L) Florida Pearl 5/2F
6:41.9 [34]
2000 Looks Like Trouble 9/28 Richard Johnson Noel Chance Tim Collins122nd. (5 L) Florida Pearl 9/2
3rd. (nck) Strong Promise 20/1
6:30.3 [34]
no race 2001 [5]
2002 Best Mate 7/17 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight Jim Lewis 182nd. (1 34 L) Commanche Court 25/1
3rd. (8 L) See More Business 40/1
6:50.10 [35]
2003 Best Mate 13/8F8 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight Jim Lewis 152nd. (10 L) Truckers Tavern 33/1
3rd. (2 12 L) Harbour Pilot 40/1
6:39.10 [36]
2004 Best Mate 8/11F9 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight Jim Lewis 102nd. (12 L) Sir Rembrandt 33/1
3rd. (1 14 L) Harbour Pilot 20/1
6:42.60 [37]
2005 Kicking King 4/1F7 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe (IRE)Conor Clarkson152nd. (5 L) Take The Stand 25/1
3rd. (8 L) Sir Rembrandt 12/1
6:42.90 [38]
2006 War of Attrition 15/27 Conor O'Dwyer Mouse Morris (IRE) Gigginstown House Stud 222nd. (2 12 L) Hedgehunter 16/1
3rd. (7 L) Forget The Past 9/1
6:31.70 [39]
2007 Kauto Star 5/4F7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Clive D. Smith152nd. (2 12 L) Exotic Dancer 9/2
3rd. (2 12 L) Turpin Green 40/1
6:40.46 [40]
2008 Denman 9/48 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls Barber / Findlay122nd. (7 L) Kauto Star 10/11f
3rd. (shd) Neptune Collonges 25/1
6:47.84 [41]
2009 Kauto Star 7/4F9 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Clive D. Smith162nd. (13 L) Denman 7/1
3rd. (2 12 L) Exotic Dancer 8/1
6:44.95 [42]
2010 Imperial Commander 7/19 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies Our Friends in the North112nd. (7 L) Denman 4/1
3rd. (23 L) Mon Mome 50/1
6:43.90 [43]
2011 Long Run 7/2F6Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson Robert Waley-Cohen 132nd. (7 L) Denman 8/1
3rd. (4 L) Kauto Star 5/1
6:29.70 [44]
2012 Synchronised 8/19 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill J. P. McManus 142nd. (2 14 L) The Giant Bolster 50/1
3rd. (34 L) Long Run 7/4f
6:36.19 [45]
2013 Bobs Worth 11/4F8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson The Not Afraid Partnership92nd. (7 L) Sir Des Champs 4/1
3rd. (2 34 L) Long Run 7/2
7:05.06 [46]
2014 Lord Windermere 20/18 Davy Russell Jim Culloty (IRE)Dr. Ronan Lambe132nd. (shd) On His Own 16/1
3rd. (34 L) The Giant Bolster 14/1
6:43.88 [47]
2015 Coneygree 7/18 Nico de Boinville Mark BradstockThe Max Partnership162nd. (1 12 L) Djakadam 10/1
3rd. (2 L) Road To Riches 8/1
6:42.50 [48]
2016 Don Cossack 9/4F9 Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott (IRE) Gigginstown House Stud 92nd. (4 12 L) Djakadam 9/2
3rd. (10 L) Don Poli 9/2
6:35.00 [49]
2017 Sizing John 7/17 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington (IRE)Ann & Alan Potts132nd. (2 34 L) Minella Rocco 18/1
3rd. (shd) Native River 7/2
6:36.10
2018 Native River 5/18 Richard Johnson Colin Tizzard Brocade Racing152nd. (4 12 L) Might Bite 4/1F
3rd. (4 L) Anibale Fly 33/1
7:02.60
2019 Al Boum Photo 12/17 Paul Townend Willie Mullins (IRE)Mrs J Donnelly162nd. (2 12 L) Anibale Fly 22/1
3rd. (3 34 L) Bristol de Mai 18/1
6:39.06
2020 Al Boum Photo 100/30F8 Paul Townend Willie Mullins (IRE)Mrs J Donnelly122nd. (nk) Santini 5/1
3rd. (1 14 L) Lostintranslation 10/1
6:50.38
2021 Minella Indo 9/18 Jack Kennedy Henry De Bromhead (IRE)Barry Moloney122nd. (1 14 L) A Plus Tard 100/30
3rd. (4 14 L) Al Boum Photo 9/4F
6:45.35

1 The race was abandoned in 1931 because of frost, and in 1937 because of flooding.
2 It was cancelled in 1943 and 1944 because of World War II.
3 The 1957 winner, Linwell, was actually trained by Ivor Herbert, a well-known racing journalist and so barred from holding a trainer's licence [34]
4 Tied Cottage finished first in 1980, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.
5 The 2001 running was cancelled due to a foot-and-mouth crisis. A substitute race at Sandown was won by Marlborough.

Race sponsors

Betfred began sponsoring the Gold Cup in 2012, [50] after the betting company bought the Government-owned Tote in June 2011, [51] but in late 2015 they lost their sponsorship following Jockey Club's and Arena Racing new initiative to not allow bookmaker sponsorships on their tracks that do not offer any contribution to horse racing from their offshore business. [52] Only two weeks later a new sponsorship deal was announced with Timico, an independent internet service provider whose CEO Tim Radford is a horse owner having top chasers like Somersby and Racing Demon associated with his name. [53] Timico also offered an increase of £25,000 to reach a total of £575,000 prize money for the 2016 Gold Cup renewal. It was the first time that the race had been sponsored by a non-bookmaker since the Tote took over from Piper Champagne in 1980. [54] [55] In July 2018 Cheltenham Racecourse announced Magners Irish Cider as the new Cheltenham Gold Cup sponsor until 2021 with a possible extension to 2022. [56] Magners ended their sponsorship early, after the 2020 race, and the 2021 race will carry the name of the charity WellChild. [57]

The Cheltenham Gold Cup has had the following sponsors:

Further reading

See also

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In horse racing in the United Kingdom, France and the Republic of Ireland, National Hunt racing requires horses to jump fences and ditches. National Hunt racing in the UK is informally known as "jumps" and is divided into two major distinct branches: hurdles and steeplechases. Alongside these there are "bumpers", which are National Hunt flat races. In a hurdles race, the horses jump over obstacles called hurdles; in a steeplechase the horses jump over a variety of obstacles that can include plain fences, water jump or an open ditch. In the UK the biggest National Hunt events of the year are generally considered to be the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Festival British horse racing festival

The Cheltenham Festival is a meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom, with race prize money second only to the Grand National. The four-day festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It usually coincides with Saint Patrick's Day and is particularly popular with Irish visitors.

Best Mate Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Best Mate was an Irish-bred, English-trained racehorse and three-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was considered one of the most loved horses in the history of horse racing in the UK, with his sudden death while racing making front-page news.

Kauto Star French-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Kauto Star was a French-bred National Hunt champion racehorse trained by Paul Nicholls in Somerset and owned by Clive Smith. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice, in 2007 and 2009, becoming the first horse to regain the cup after losing it in 2008 by seven lengths behind Denman. He tried for three more years to win the race again, but the best placing he could achieve was in 2011, coming third behind Long Run. He also won the King George VI Chase a record five times. He was one of the most successful steeplechasers of modern era finishing his racing career with a National Hunt record of £3,775,883 in earnings, which consisted of £2,375,883 in race prize money, £1,000,000 bonus for the completion of the 2006/2007 Stayers Chase Triple Crown and also a £400,000 reward for heading the BHA Table of Merit in the same 2006/2007 season.

Betfred

Betfred is a bookmaker based in the United Kingdom, founded by Fred Done. It was first established as a single betting shop in Ordsall, Salford, in 1967. Its turnover in 2004 was reported to be more than £3.5 billion, having risen from £550 million in 2003 and has continued to grow to over £10 billion in 2018-2019. It has its head office is in Birchwood, Warrington, and also has offices in Media City, Salford Quays, Salford.

The 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Friday 14 March 2008. It was the 80th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by Denman. The winner was ridden by Sam Thomas, and the first three horses were all trained by Paul Nicholls. The odds-on favourite Kauto Star finished second and Neptune Collonges was a close third.

Denman (horse) 21st-century Irish racehorse

Denman was an Irish-bred National Hunt racehorse sired by Presenting. Known as The Tank, Denman was widely known for his great rivalry with Kauto Star for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This large horse with a front-running style won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2008.

Imperial Commander was a Cheltenham Gold Cup winning thoroughbred racehorse.

Synchronised was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. A specialist long-distance steeplechaser, he was best known for his performances in the 2011–2012 National Hunt season, when he won the Grade I Lexus Chase in Ireland before winning Britain's most prestigious steeplechase, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, on 17 March. He was euthanised after incurring a leg fracture in the Grand National on 14 April 2012.

The 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the 84th annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on 16 March 2012.

Silviniaco Conti French racehorse

Silviniaco Conti was a French-bred, British-trained Selle Français racehorse who competed in National Hunt races. After winning several important races over hurdles he emerged as a leading long-distance steeplechaser in 2012. After winning both his races in his native country, the horse won his first three races in England, culminating with a success in the two and a half mile Ascot Hurdle. After running poorly over shorter distances he was ruled out of a bid for the Champion Hurdle and was switched to steeplechasing. In his first season as a chaser he won the Mildmay Novices' Chase and finished second in a strong renewal of the Feltham Chase. In the 2012/2013 season he won the Charlie Hall Chase, Betfair Chase and Denman Chase and in the following season he was rated the best jumper in Britain and Ireland after wins in the King George VI Chase and Betfred Bowl. In the 2014/2015 season he recorded repeat victories in the Betfair Chase, King George VI Chase and Betfred Bowl but failed when favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In the following season he was beaten in his first three races but returned to form in February to win the Grade One Ascot Chase by 20 lengths.

Simonsig British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Simonsig was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. He won eight of his 13 races and was best known for winning the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival and the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the 2013 Festival. He was owned by Ronnie Bartlett and trained by Nicky Henderson.

The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the 87th annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 13 March 2015.

Coneygree British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Coneygree is a retired British Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in National Hunt races. In a career which ran from November 2010 to February 2019 he ran in eighteen races, winning nine times. In March 2015, he became the first novice chaser to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for more than forty years. His subsequent career was hampered by injury and he did not run again in the Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning it.

Lizzie Kelly is a retired British jockey who participated in National Hunt racing.

The 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the 89th annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 17 March 2017. It was won by Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington. It was the first time that Robbie Power had ridden in the race and also the first time Jessica Harrington had an entry in the race.

Sizing John British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Sizing John is a British-bred, Irish trained thoroughbred racehorse who competes in National Hunt racing. He is trained by Jessica Harrington and owned by Ann and Alan Potts, and is best known for winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017. He has been ridden in most of his races by Jonathon Burke, but has more recently been ridden Robbie Power, including all four of his Grade 1 wins over fences. He also won a Grade 1 over Hurdles, the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in 2014, and spent much of his early chasing career finishing second or third in races won by Douvan, widely regarded as one of the best chasers of recent times.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the 90th annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 16 March 2018. The race was won by Native River.

The 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the 91st annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, England, on 15 March 2019.

The 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the 92nd annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race and was held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, England, on 13 March 2020.

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