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Gold Cup 100

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1924…our story begins…and 2024 is one hundred years on…..

The Gold Cup Centenary is a chance for everyone to reflect on the horses and heroes that made our greatest race what it is today.

Over the course of the year, our intentions are to schedule a programme of occasions and events that will enthuse racing’s existing fans and hopefully engage some new ones as well.

We are looking forward to re-telling the greatest stories of the Gold Cup and reliving the heroics of racing legends including Red Splash, Easter Hero, Cottage Rake, Arkle, L’Escargot and Best Mate and the shining Kauto Star.

The year will also present a wonderful opportunity to assist good causes. The Gold Cup 100 Community Fund has been created to help fund projects that enhance the lives of those living close to Cheltenham Racecourse.

Whether it is taking the Gold Cup trophy to the top of the highest peaks in the British Isles in the company of Gold Cup winning jockeys or auctioning off the paintings of each and every Gold Cup winner as portrayed by local artist, Jeremy Houghton, Cheltenham’s most celebrated race will be the centre attraction.

Friday, March 15th, Gold Cup Day 2024, will be an occasion no racing fan will want to miss.

Plans are underway for a truly celebratory occasion, where we hope to stage a parade of Champions, for both horses and human. Space around the paddock will be at a premium. Secure your place at this historic occasion before it sells out…..  


Gold Cup 100 Merchandise

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With just 52 cards in a set and a hundred years of Gold Cup history, it is impossible for every winner to be represented.

So, we have simply chosen our racecourse favourites for the picture cards. It was a very subjective debate!

The only exception is that the Gold Cup’s four winning mares are automatically allocated as ‘The Queens'. This then allowed for every winner back to Davy Lad in 1977 to be included.

And why Mandarin and Mill House as the Jokers? Well from the remainder we did a random draw - and to be honest, we couldn’t have ended up with two more fitting legends for inclusion in the pack.

By purchasing this limited edition pack of Gold Cup Centenary celebration playing cards you have contributed to a good cause.

Part proceeds are being distributed via a special Gold Cup 100 community fund run in partnership between the Rotary Clubs of Cheltenham and Cheltenham Racecourse.

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Let No Memories Fade compiled by Chris Pitt provides a fascinating journey through the history of Cheltenham’s celebrated steeplechase. It is written in a style that will appeal to any sport’s fan, not just those who have a passion for horse racing.

The book draws its inspiration from a hundred heroes, a combination of horses and humans, who between them have created the golden aura surrounding the championship race from its humble beginnings to being the race “every jockey needs to win”.

From Red Splash to Galopin Des Champs, from Dick Rees to Paul Townend this book is a chance to immerse yourself hock deep in the greatest of racing’s trophies.

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About The Gold Cup


Although a race known as the Cheltenham Gold Cup had existed in the past as a three-mile Flat race in the 19th century, its present status is very much down to the foresight of Frederick Cathcart, Clerk of the Course and Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse from 1908 to 1934.

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Facts & figures

Take a look at the facts and figures for The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Century of winners

Take a look at the winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Gold Cup 100 - Key Events

This is a charity event to raise awareness for Racing Welfare where a team of fund-raisers will be taking the Gold Cup to the top of the highest peaks in Ireland, Wales and England and then on to the summit of Arkle in Scotland - the mountain that lent its name to the greatest of all Gold Cup winners.

On the eve of The Festival next year, local schools and other community groups will be invited to Cheltenham Racecourse to enjoy a fun, behind the scenes educational experience in conjunction with our partners, Racing To School. Other activities taking place on the day will be a special Gold Cup 100 charity luncheon.

On the big day, there will be a number of befitting Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup-themed activities that together, with the running of the race, will form the fabric of what will be a momentous occasion. The highlight will be a parade of legends featuring horses that have competed for the Gold Cup.

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