Chester Cup

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Chester Cup
Handicap race
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, Cheshire, England
Inaugurated1824
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor The Tote
Website Chester
Race information
Distance2m 2f 140y (3,749m)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse£125,080 (2021)
1st: £64,425
Chester Cup
2021
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Falcon EightThe Grand VisirHochfeld
Previous years
2019
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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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SuegiooAngel GabrialCommunicator
2013
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2012
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2011
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OverturnTastahilMystery Star
2010-2001
2010
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MamlookTastahilHalla San
2009
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DaraahemAjaanHalla San
2008
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2007
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2006
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2005
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2004
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2003
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2002
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2001
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2000-1991
2000
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1999
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1998
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1997
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1996
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MeritDaraydanCorradini
1995
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Top CeesHarlestone BrookThe Flying Phantom
1994
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DoyceMoidartWelshman
1993
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1992
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1991
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1990-1988
1990
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1989
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1988
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Old HubertTom SharpTrust The Irish
 

The Chester Cup is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 147 yards (3,749 metres) at Chester in May.

Contents

History

The event was established in 1824, and it was originally called the Tradesmen's Cup. [1] It was initially a limited handicap with a minimum weight of 8 st 2 lb.

For a period the race was known as the Tradesmen's Plate. [2] During this time it was open to horses aged three or older.

The race was renamed the Chester Trades' Cup in 1874. [3] From this point it was often referred to as the Chester Cup, [4] and that became its usual title in 1884. [5]

The Chester Cup was formerly contested over 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 77 yards. [6] It was abandoned in 1969, [7] and extended by 20 yards in 1970. [8]

The distance of the race was changed to 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 117 yards in 1992. It was increased to its present length in 1994.

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Leamington1857, 1859
  • Dalby – 1865, 1866
  • Pageant – 1877, 1878
  • Dare Devil – 1892, 1893
  • Chivalrous – 1922, 1923
  • Sea Pigeon1977, 1978
  • Top Cees – 1995, 1997
  • Rainbow High – 1999, 2001
  • Anak Pekan – 2004, 2005

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Leading trainer (4 wins):

Winners since 1975

YearWinnerAgeWeightJockeyTrainer SP Time
1975Super Nova57-07 Ernie Johnson Charlie Hall11/2
1976John Cherry59-04 Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree 5/1
1977 Sea Pigeon 78-08 Mark Birch Peter Easterby 7/1
1978 Sea Pigeon 89-07 Mark Birch Peter Easterby 10/1
1979Charlotte's Choice48-04 Willie Carson Bill Wightman10/1
1980Arapahos59-05 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills 7/2
1981Donegal Prince58-04Paddy YoungPaul Kelleway12/1
1982Dawn Johnny58-08 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 14/1
1983no race [lower-alpha 1]
1984Contester48-02Geoff BaxterPeter Cundell22/1
1985Morgans Choice87-11 Willie Carson John Hill13/2
1986Western Dancer59-00Paul CookCon Horgan14/14:10.49
1987Just David49-08 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart10/13:57.26
1988Old Hubert77-08Taffy ThomasAlan Bailey33/14:34.58
1989Grey Salute68-07 Pat Eddery John Jenkins7/13:57.99
1990Travelling Light49-01 Alan Munro Lynda Ramsden5/2 F4:10.18
1991Star Player58-10 Frankie Dettori John Baker9/24:13.41
1992Welshman67-08 Jimmy Quinn Michael Blanshard11/13:57.96
1993Rodeo Star77-13Nicky CarlisleNigel Tinkler9/14:02.51
1994Doyce57-10Gary BardwellRobert Williams14/14:03.18
1995Top Cees58-08 Kieren Fallon Lynda Ramsden8/14:03.35
1996Merit47-10 Jimmy Quinn Paul Cole 11/24:06.63
1997Top Cees78-11 Jimmy Fortune Lynda Ramsden11/24:23.18
1998Silence in Court79-00Allan MackayAlan Bailey13/24:06.63
1999Rainbow High49-00 Michael Hills Barry Hills 4/1 F4:00.64
2000Bangalore47-10Gary Bardwell Amanda Perrett 16/14:03.00
2001Rainbow High69-13 Richard Hughes Barry Hills 9/24:01.23
2002Fantasy Hill68-09 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 8/14:00.20
2003Hugs Dancer68-11 Dean McKeown James Given9/14:04.89
2004Anak Pekan48-02 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 2/1 F4:10.90
2005Anak Pekan59-06 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 16/14:14.60
2006Admiral58-01John EganTim Pitt28/14:03.34
2007Greenwich Meantime79-02 Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey 14/13:58.89
2008Bulwark69-04 Jim Crowley Ian Williams33/14:06.57
2009Daraahem49-00 Richard Hills Barry Hills 7/14:04.01
2010Mamlook68-12 Richard Hughes David Pipe 7/1 F4:03.74
2011 Overturn 78-13 Eddie Ahern Donald McCain 11/23:59.39
2012Ile de Re68-11 Jim Crowley Donald McCain 10/14:10.20
2013Address Unknown69-00 Jamie Spencer Richard Fahey 12/14:05.31
2014Suegioo59-04 Ryan Moore Marco Botti 10/14:07.85
2015 Trip To Paris 48-09 Graham Lee Ed Dunlop 10/14:12.87
2016No Heretic88-13 Jamie Spencer Nicky Henderson 11/14:10.48
2017Montaly69-06 Oisin Murphy Andrew Balding 16/14:03.37
2018Magic Circle69-03 Fran Berry Ian Williams8/14:02.90
2019Making Miracles49-00Franny Norton Mark Johnston 16/14:33.09
no race 2020 [lower-alpha 2]
2021Falcon Eight69-10 Frankie Dettori Dermot Weld 15/24:07.11
  1. The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course
  2. The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom [9]

Earlier winners

See also

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References

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  2. "1873 Tradesmen's Plate". Glasgow Herald . 8 May 1873. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. "1874 Chester Trades' Cup". Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1874. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. "The victory of Organist". Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1874. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  5. "1884 Chester Cup". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1884. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  6. "1968 Chester Cup". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1968. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  7. "Chester programmes abandoned". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1969. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  8. "1970 Chester Cup". Glasgow Herald. 6 May 1970. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  9. "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspension extended". BBC Sport. 15 April 2020.