|Grade 1 race|
|Location|| Cheltenham Racecourse |
|Website||Cheltenham Gold Cup|
|Distance||3m 2f 70y (5,294 m)|
|Qualification||5-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 9 lb (5yo);|
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
|Purse|| £468,750 (2021)|
|Al Boum Photo||Santini||Lostintranslation|
|Al Boum Photo||Anibale Fly||Bristol De Mai|
|Native River||Might Bite||Anibale Fly|
|Sizing John||Minella Rocco||Native River|
|Don Cossack||Djakadam||Don Poli|
|Coneygree||Djakadam||Road To Riches|
|Lord Windermere||On His Own||The Giant Bolster|
|Bobs Worth||Sir Des Champs||Long Run|
|Synchronised||The Giant Bolster||Long Run|
|Long Run||Denman||Kauto Star|
|Imperial Commander||Denman||Mon Mome|
|Kauto Star||Denman||Exotic Dancer|
|Denman||Kauto Star||Neptune Collonges|
|Kauto Star||Exotic Dancer||Turpin Green|
|War of Attrition||Hedgehunter||Forget The Past|
|Kicking King||Take The Stand||Sir Rembrandt|
|Best Mate||Sir Rembrandt||Harbour Pilot|
|Best Mate||Truckers Tavern||Harbour Pilot|
|Best Mate||Commanche Court||See More Business|
|Looks Like Trouble||Florida Pearl||Strong Promise|
|See More Business||Go Ballistic||Florida Pearl|
|Cool Dawn||Strong Promise||Dorans Pride|
|Mr Mulligan||Barton Bank||Dorans Pride|
|Imperial Call||Rough Quest||Couldnt Be Better|
|The Fellow||Jodami||Young Hustler|
|Jodami||Rushing Wild||Royal Athlete|
|Cool Ground||The Fellow||Docklands Express|
|Garrison Savannah||The Fellow||Desert Orchid|
|Norton's Coin||Toby Tobias||Desert Orchid|
|Desert Orchid||Yahoo||Charter Party|
|Charter Party||Cavvies Clown||Beau Ranger|
|The Thinker||Cybrandian||Door Latch|
|Dawn Run||Wayward Lad||Forgive 'n Forget|
|Forgive 'n Forget||Righthand Man||Earls Brig|
|Burrough Hill Lad||Brown Chamberlin||Drumlargan|
|Bregawn||Captain John||Wayward Lad|
|Silver Buck||Bregawn||Sunset Cristo|
|Little Owl||Night Nurse||Silver Buck|
|Master Smudge||Mac Vidi||Approaching|
|Midnight Court||Brown Lad||Master H|
|Davy Lad||Tied Cottage||Summerville|
|Royal Frolic||Brown Lad||Colebridge|
|Captain Christy||The Dikler||Game Spirit|
|The Dikler||Pendil||Charlie Potheen|
|Glencaraig Lady||Royal Toss||The Dikler|
|L'Escargot||Leap Frog||The Dikler|
|L'Escargot||French Tan||Spanish Steps|
|What a Myth||Domacorn||Playlord|
|Fort Leney||The Laird||Stalbridge Colonist|
|Woodland Venture||Stalbridge Colonist||What a Myth|
|Arkle||Mill House||Stoney Crossing|
|Arkle||Mill House||Pas Seul|
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.
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.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.
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.
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".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.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".
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.
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.
Most successful horse (5 wins):
Leading jockey (4 wins):
Leading trainer (5 wins):
Leading owner (7 wins):
|Date||Winner|| SP ||Age||Jockey||Trainer||Owner||Field|| Runners-up ||Time|
|1924, 12 March||Red Splash||5/1||5||Dick Rees||Fred Withington||Maj. Humphrey Wyndham||9||2nd. (hd) Conjuror II 7/1|
3rd. (nk) Gerald L. 5/1
|1925, 11 March||Ballinode†||3/1||9||Ted Leader||Frank Morgan (IRE)||Christopher Bentley||4||2nd. (5 L) Alcazar 8/13F|
3rd. (dst) Patsey 10/1
|1926, 9 March||Koko||10/1||8||Tim Hamey||Alfred Bickley||Frank Barbour||8||2nd. (4 L) Old Tay Bridge 3/1|
3rd. (5 L) Ruddyglow 6/5F
|1927, 8 March||Thrown In||10/1||11||Mr Hugh Grosvenor||Owen Anthony||2nd Lord Stalbridge||8||2nd. (2 L) Grakle 5/1|
3rd. (1 1⁄2 L) Silvo 13/8F
|1928, 13 March||Patron Saint||7/2||5||Dick Rees||Stanley Harrison||F. W. Keen||7||2nd. (4 L) Vive 8/1|
3rd. (2 L) Koko 4/5F
|1929, 12 March||Easter Hero||7/4F||9||Dick Rees||Jack Anthony||John Hay Whitney||10||2nd. (20 L) Lloydie 100/9 |
3rd. (2 L) Grakle 11/4
|1930, 11 March||Easter Hero||8/11F||10||Tommy Cullinan||Jack Anthony||John Hay Whitney||4||2nd. (20 L) Grakle 10/1 |
3rd. (dist) Gib 13/8
|no race 1931|
|1932, 1 March||Golden Miller||13/2||5||Ted Leader||Basil Briscoe||Dorothy Paget||6||2nd. (4 L) Inverse 8/1 |
3rd. (dist) Aruntius 20/1
|1933, 7 March||Golden Miller||4/7F||6||Billy Stott||Basil Briscoe||Dorothy Paget||7||2nd. (10 L) Thomond II 11/4 |
3rd. (5 L) Delaneige 20/1
|1934, 6 March||Golden Miller||6/5F||7||Gerry Wilson||Basil Briscoe||Dorothy Paget||7||2nd. (6 L) Avenger 6/1 |
3rd. (6 L) Kellsboro 10/1
|1935, 14 March||Golden Miller||1/2F||8||Gerry Wilson||Basil Briscoe||Dorothy Paget||5||2nd. (3⁄4 L) Thomond II 5/2 |
3rd. (5 L) Kellsboro' Jack 100/7
|1936, 12 March||Golden Miller||21/20F||9||Evan Williams||Owen Anthony||Dorothy Paget||6||2nd. (12 L) Royal Mail 5/1 |
3rd. (2 L) Kellsboro' Jack 10/1
|no race 1937|
|1938, 10 March||Morse Code||13/2||9||Danny Morgan||Ivor Anthony||Dealtry C. Part||6||2nd. (2 L) Golden Miller 7/4F |
3rd. (3 L) Macaulay 3/1
|1939, 9 March||Brendan's Cottage||8/1||9||George Owen||George Beeby||Jean Smith-Bingham||5||2nd. (5 L) Morse Code 4/7F |
3rd. (dist) Embarrassed 25/1
|1940, 20 March||Roman Hackle||EvensF||7||Evan Williams||Owen Anthony||Dorothy Paget||7||2nd. (10 L) Black Hawk 20/1|
3rd. (2 L) Royal Mail 100/8
|1941, 20 March||Poet Prince||7/2||9||Roger Burford||Ivor Anthony||David Sherbrooke||10||2nd. (3 L) Savon 100/30 |
3rd. (sh) Red Rower 8/1
|1942, 21 March||Medoc II||9/2||8||Frenchie Nicholson||Reg Hobbs||7th Earl of Sefton||12||2nd. (3 L) Red Rower 3/1F |
3rd. (sh) Asterabad 20/1
|Races not held in 1943–44 due to World War II|
|1945, 17 March||Red Rower||11/4F||11||Davy Jones||2nd Lord Stalbridge||2nd Lord Stalbridge||16||2nd. (3 L) Schubert 11/2 |
3rd. (1 1⁄2 L) Paladin 100/30
|1946, 14 March||Prince Regent||4/7F||11||Tim Hyde||Tom Dreaper (IRE)||Jimmy Rank||6||2nd. (5 L) Poor Flame 5/1 |
3rd. (4 L) Red 9/2 April
|1947, 12 April||Fortina||8/1||6||Mr Richard Black||Hector Christie||3rd Baron Grimthorpe||12||2nd. (10 L) Happy Home 3/1 |
3rd. (5 L) Prince Blackthorn 8/1
|1948, 4 March||Cottage Rake||10/1||9||Aubrey Brabazon||Vincent O'Brien (IRE)||Frank Vickerman||12||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Happy Home 6/1 |
3rd. (10 L) Coloured School Boy 10/1
|1949, 11 April||Cottage Rake||4/6F||10||Aubrey Brabazon||Vincent O'Brien (IRE)||Frank Vickerman||6||2nd. (2 L) Cool Customer 13/2 |
3rd. (6 L) Coloured School Boy 8/1
|1950, 9 March||Cottage Rake||5/6F||11||Aubrey Brabazon||Vincent O'Brien (IRE)||Frank L. Vickerman||6||2nd. (10 L) Finnure 5/4 |
3rd. (8 L) Garde Toi 100/1
|1951, 25 April||Silver Fame||6/4F||12||Martin Molony||George Beeby||1st Baron Bicester||6||2nd. (shd) Greenogue 100/8|
3rd. (2 L) Mighty Fine 10/1
|1952, 6 March||Mont Tremblant||8/1||6||Dave Dick||Fulke Walwyn||Dorothy Paget||13||2nd. (10 L) Shaef 7/1|
3rd. (4 L) Galloway Braes 66/1
|1953, 5 March||Knock Hard||11/2||9||Tim Molony||Vincent O'Brien (IRE)||Moya Keogh||12||2nd. (5 L) Halloween 5/2F|
3rd. (2 L) Galloway Braes 33/1
|1954||Four Ten||100/6||8||Tommy Cusack||John Roberts||Alan Strange||9||2nd. (4 L) Mariner's Log 20/1|
3rd. (4 L) Halloween 100/6
|1955||Gay Donald||33/1||9||Tony Grantham||Jim Ford||Philip Burt||9||2nd. (10 L) Halloween 7/2|
3rd. (8 L) Four Ten 3/1F
|1956||Limber Hill||11/8F||9||Jimmy Power||Bill Dutton||James Davey||11||2nd. (4 L) Vigor 50/1|
3rd. (1 1⁄2 L) Halloween 100/8
|1957||Linwell||100/9||9||Michael Scudamore||Charlie Mallon ||David Brown||13||2nd. (1 L) Kerstin† 6/1|
3rd. (5 L) Rose Park 100/8
|1958||Kerstin†||7/1||8||Stan Hayhurst||Verly Bewicke||George H. Moore||9||2nd. (1⁄2 L) Polar Flight 11/2|
3rd. (dist) Gay Donald 13/2
|1959||Roddy Owen||5/1||10||Bobby Beasley||Danny Morgan (IRE)||12th Earl of Fingall||11||2nd. (3 L) Linwell 11/2|
3rd. (10 L) Lochroe 100/9
|1960||Pas Seul||6/1||7||Bill Rees||Bob Turnell||John Rogerson||11||2nd. (1 L) Lochroe 12/1|
3rd. (5 L) Zonda 9/1
|1961||Saffron Tartan||2/1||10||Fred Winter||Don Butchers||Guy Westmacott||9||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Pas Seul 100/30|
3rd. (3 L) Mandarin 100/7
|1962||Mandarin||7/2||11||Fred Winter||Fulke Walwyn||Peggy Hennessy||10||2nd. (1 L) Fortria 3/1|
3rd. (10 L) Cocky Consort 50/1
|1963||Mill House||7/2||6||Willie Robinson||Fulke Walwyn||Bill Gollings||12||2nd. (12 L) Fortria 4/1|
3rd. (4 L) Duke of York 7/1
|1964||Arkle||7/4||7||Pat Taaffe||Tom Dreaper (IRE)||Duchess of Westminster||4||2nd. (5 L) Mill House 8/13F|
3rd. (25 L) Pas Seul 50/1
|1965||Arkle||30/100F||8||Pat Taaffe||Tom Dreaper (IRE)||Duchess of Westminster||4||2nd. (20 L) Mill House 100/30|
3rd. (30 L) Stoney Crossing 100/1
|1966||Arkle||1/10F||9||Pat Taaffe||Tom Dreaper (IRE)||Duchess of Westminster||5||2nd. (30 L) Dormant 20/1|
3rd. (10 L) Snaigow 100/7
|1967||Woodland Venture||100/8||7||Terry Biddlecombe||Fred Rimell||Harry Collins||8||2nd. (3⁄4 L) Stalbridge Colonist 11/2|
3rd. (2 L) What A Myth 3/1
|1968||Fort Leney||11/2||10||Pat Taaffe||Tom Dreaper (IRE)||John Thomson||5||2nd. (neck) The Laird 3/1|
3rd. (1 L) Stalbridge Colonist 7/2
|1969||What A Myth||8/1||12||Paul Kelleway||Ryan Price||Lady Lucy Weir||11||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Domacorn 7/2|
3rd. (20 L) Playlord 4/1
|1970||L'Escargot||33/1||7||Tommy Carberry||Dan Moore (IRE)||Raymond R. Guest||12||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) French Tan 8/1|
3rd. (10 L) Spanish Steps 9/4
|1971||L'Escargot||7/2||8||Tommy Carberry||Dan Moore (IRE)||Raymond R. Guest||8||2nd. (10 L) Leap Frog 7/2|
3rd. (15 L) The Dikler 15/2
|1972||Glencaraig Lady†||6/1||8||Frank Berry||Francis Flood (IRE)||Patrick Doyle||12||2nd. (3⁄4 L) Royal Toss 22/1|
3rd. (head) The Dikler 11/1
|1973||The Dikler||9/1||10||Ron Barry||Fulke Walwyn||Peggy August||12||2nd. (shd) Pendil 4/6F|
3rd. (6 L) Charlie Potheen 9/2
|1974||Captain Christy||7/1||7||Bobby Beasley||Pat Taaffe (IRE)||Jane Samuel||7||2nd. (5 L) The Dikler 5/1|
3rd. (20 L) Game Spirit 20/1
|1975||Ten Up||2/1||8||Tommy Carberry||Jim Dreaper (IRE)||Duchess of Westminster||8||2nd. (6 L) Soothsayer 28/1|
3rd. (1 1⁄2 L) Bula 5/1
|1976||Royal Frolic||14/1||7||John Burke||Fred Rimell||Sir Edward Hanmer||11||2nd. (5 L) Brown Lad 13/8F|
3rd. (5 L) Colebridge 12/1
|1977||Davy Lad||14/1||7||Dessie Hughes||Mick O'Toole (IRE)||Anne-Marie McGowan||13||2nd. (6 L) Tied Cottage 20/1|
3rd. (20 L) Summerville 15/1
|1978||Midnight Court||5/2||7||John Francome||Fred Winter||Olive Jackson||10||2nd. (7 L) Brown Lad 8/1|
3rd. (1 L) Master H 18/1
|1979||Alverton||5/1||9||Jonjo O'Neill||Peter Easterby||Snailwell Stud Co.||14||2nd. (25 L) Royal Mail 7/1|
3rd. (20 L) Aldaniti 40/1
|1980||Master Smudge ||14/1||8||Richard Hoare||Arthur Barrow||Arthur Barrow||14||2nd. (5 L) Mac Vidi 66/1|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Approaching 11/1
|1981||Little Owl||6/1||7||Mr Jim Wilson||Peter Easterby||Robin & Jim Wilson||15||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Night Nurse 6/1|
3rd. (10 L) Silver Buck 7/2
|1982||Silver Buck||8/1||10||Robert Earnshaw||Michael Dickinson||Christine Feather||22||2nd. (2 L) Bregawn 18/1|
3rd. (12 L) Sunset Cristo 50/1
|1983||Bregawn||100/30||9||Graham Bradley||Michael W. Dickinson||James Kennelly||11||2nd. (5 L) Captain John 11/1|
3rd. (1 1⁄2 L) Wayward Lad 6/1
|1984||Burrough Hill Lad||7/2||8||Phil Tuck||Jenny Pitman||Stan Riley||12||2nd. (3 L) Brown Chamberlin 5/1|
3rd. (8 L) Drumlargan 16/1
|1985||Forgive 'n Forget||7/1||8||Mark Dwyer||Jimmy FitzGerald||Tim Kilroe & Sons Ltd||15||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Righthand Man 15/2|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Earls Brig 13/2
|1986||Dawn Run†||15/8f||8||Jonjo O'Neill||Paddy Mullins (IRE)||Charmian Hill||11||2nd. (1 L) Wayward Lad 8/1|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Forgive 'n Forget 7/2
|1987||The Thinker||13/2||9||Ridley Lamb||Arthur Stephenson||Tom McDonagh||12||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Cybrandian 25/1|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Door Latch 9/1
|1988||Charter Party||10/1||10||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson||Smith / Mould||15||2nd. (6 L) Cavvies Clown 6/1|
3rd. (10 L) Beau Ranger 33/1
|1989||Desert Orchid||5/2||10||Simon Sherwood||David Elsworth||Richard Burridge||13||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Yahoo 25/1|
3rd. (8 L) Charter Party 14/1
|1990||Norton's Coin||100/1||9||Graham McCourt||Sirrel Griffiths||Sirrel Griffiths||12||2nd. (3⁄4 L) Toby Tobias 8/1|
3rd. (4 L) Desert Orchid 10/11f
|1991||Garrison Savannah||16/1||8||Mark Pitman||Jenny Pitman||Autofour Engineering||14||2nd. (shd) The Fellow 28/1|
3rd. (15 L) Desert Orchid 4/1
|1992||Cool Ground||25/1||10||Adrian Maguire||Toby Balding||Whitcombe Manor Racing||8||2nd. (shd) The Fellow 7/2|
3rd. (1 L) Docklands Express 16/1
|1993||Jodami||8/1||8||Mark Dwyer||Peter Beaumont||John Yeadon||16||2nd. (2 L) Rushing Wild 11/1|
3rd. (7 L) Royal Athlete 66/1
|1994||The Fellow||7/1||9||Adam Kondrat||François Doumen (FRA)||Marquesa de Moratalla||15||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Jodami 6/4F|
3rd. (4 L) Young Hustler 20/1
|1995||Master Oats||100/30||9||Norman Williamson||Kim Bailey||Paul Matthews||15||2nd. (15 L) Dubacilla 20/1|
3rd. (15 L) Miinnehoma 9/1
|1996||Imperial Call||9/2||7||Conor O'Dwyer||Fergie Sutherland (IRE)||Lisselan Farms Ltd||10||2nd. (4 L) Rough Quest 12/1|
3rd. (19 L) Couldn't Be Better 11/1
|1997||Mr Mulligan||20/1||9||Tony McCoy||Noel Chance||M. & G. Worcester||14||2nd. (9 L) Barton Bank 33/1|
3rd. (1⁄2 L) Dorans Pride 10/1
|1998||Cool Dawn||25/1||10||Andrew Thornton||Robert Alner||Dido Harding||17||2nd. (1 3⁄4 L) Strong Promise 14/1|
3rd. (hd) Dorans Pride 9/4
|1999||See More Business||16/1||9||Mick Fitzgerald||Paul Nicholls||Barber / Keighley||12||2nd. (1 L) Go Ballistic 66/1|
3rd. (17 L) Florida Pearl 5/2F
|2000||Looks Like Trouble||9/2||8||Richard Johnson||Noel Chance||Tim Collins||12||2nd. (5 L) Florida Pearl 9/2|
3rd. (nck) Strong Promise 20/1
|no race 2001|
|2002||Best Mate||7/1||7||Jim Culloty||Henrietta Knight||Jim Lewis||18||2nd. (1 3⁄4 L) Commanche Court 25/1|
3rd. (8 L) See More Business 40/1
|2003||Best Mate||13/8F||8||Jim Culloty||Henrietta Knight||Jim Lewis||15||2nd. (10 L) Truckers Tavern 33/1|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Harbour Pilot 40/1
|2004||Best Mate||8/11F||9||Jim Culloty||Henrietta Knight||Jim Lewis||10||2nd. (1⁄2 L) Sir Rembrandt 33/1|
3rd. (1 1⁄4 L) Harbour Pilot 20/1
|2005||Kicking King||4/1F||7||Barry Geraghty||Tom Taaffe (IRE)||Conor Clarkson||15||2nd. (5 L) Take The Stand 25/1|
3rd. (8 L) Sir Rembrandt 12/1
|2006||War of Attrition||15/2||7||Conor O'Dwyer||Mouse Morris (IRE)||Gigginstown House Stud||22||2nd. (2 1⁄2 L) Hedgehunter 16/1|
3rd. (7 L) Forget The Past 9/1
|2007||Kauto Star||5/4F||7||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||Clive D. Smith||15||2nd. (2 1⁄2 L) Exotic Dancer 9/2|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Turpin Green 40/1
|2008||Denman||9/4||8||Sam Thomas||Paul Nicholls||Barber / Findlay||12||2nd. (7 L) Kauto Star 10/11f|
3rd. (shd) Neptune Collonges 25/1
|2009||Kauto Star||7/4F||9||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||Clive D. Smith||16||2nd. (13 L) Denman 7/1|
3rd. (2 1⁄2 L) Exotic Dancer 8/1
|2010||Imperial Commander||7/1||9||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Our Friends in the North||11||2nd. (7 L) Denman 4/1|
3rd. (23 L) Mon Mome 50/1
|2011||Long Run||7/2F||6||Mr Sam Waley-Cohen||Nicky Henderson||Robert Waley-Cohen||13||2nd. (7 L) Denman 8/1|
3rd. (4 L) Kauto Star 5/1
|2012||Synchronised||8/1||9||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||J. P. McManus||14||2nd. (2 1⁄4 L) The Giant Bolster 50/1|
3rd. (3⁄4 L) Long Run 7/4f
|2013||Bobs Worth||11/4F||8||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||The Not Afraid Partnership||9||2nd. (7 L) Sir Des Champs 4/1|
3rd. (2 3⁄4 L) Long Run 7/2
|2014||Lord Windermere||20/1||8||Davy Russell||Jim Culloty (IRE)||Dr. Ronan Lambe||13||2nd. (shd) On His Own 16/1|
3rd. (3⁄4 L) The Giant Bolster 14/1
|2015||Coneygree||7/1||8||Nico de Boinville||Mark Bradstock||The Max Partnership||16||2nd. (1 1⁄2 L) Djakadam 10/1|
3rd. (2 L) Road To Riches 8/1
|2016||Don Cossack||9/4F||9||Bryan Cooper||Gordon Elliott (IRE)||Gigginstown House Stud||9||2nd. (4 1⁄2 L) Djakadam 9/2|
3rd. (10 L) Don Poli 9/2
|2017||Sizing John||7/1||7||Robbie Power||Jessica Harrington (IRE)||Ann & Alan Potts||13||2nd. (2 3⁄4 L) Minella Rocco 18/1|
3rd. (shd) Native River 7/2
|2018||Native River||5/1||8||Richard Johnson||Colin Tizzard||Brocade Racing||15||2nd. (4 1⁄2 L) Might Bite 4/1F|
3rd. (4 L) Anibale Fly 33/1
|2019||Al Boum Photo||12/1||7||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins (IRE)||Mrs J Donnelly||16||2nd. (2 1⁄2 L) Anibale Fly 22/1|
3rd. (3 3⁄4 L) Bristol de Mai 18/1
|2020||Al Boum Photo||100/30F||8||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins (IRE)||Mrs J Donnelly||12||2nd. (nk) Santini 5/1|
3rd. (1 1⁄4 L) Lostintranslation 10/1
|2021||Minella Indo||9/1||8||Jack Kennedy||Henry De Bromhead (IRE)||Barry Moloney||12||2nd. (1 1⁄4 L) A Plus Tard 100/30|
3rd. (4 1⁄4 L) Al Boum Photo 9/4F
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
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.
Betfred began sponsoring the Gold Cup in 2012,after the betting company bought the Government-owned Tote in June 2011, 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. 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. 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. In July 2018 Cheltenham Racecourse announced Magners Irish Cider as the new Cheltenham Gold Cup sponsor until 2021 with a possible extension to 2022. Magners ended their sponsorship early, after the 2020 race, and the 2021 race will carry the name of the charity WellChild.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup has had the following sponsors:
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