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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.

We have visited various racecourses across the country including Aintree and Ayr, as well as the London International Horse Show, where we have showcased our iconic trophy and retold some of the greatest stories of the Gold Cup.

We have relived the heroics of racing legends such as Red Splash, Easter Hero, Cottage Rake, Arkle, L’Escargot, 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.

We're running a Gold Cup 100 Community Art Auction, which commences on Sunday 10 March at 5.30pm, with bidding concluding on Saturday 16 March at 10.30am all raising money for the Gold Cup 100 Community fund.

There are a total of 25 lots being auctioned, including some interesting “wild card” items of Festival memorabilia.

Also available through the auction website will be an online prize draw and an opportunity to donate directly to the Gold Cup 100 Community Fund.



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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 to celebrate 100 years of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, on Friday 15th March 2024 is Gold Cup Day, which will be an occasion no racing fan will want to miss!

This historic race starts at 15:30 and it will be only be live once, space around the paddock will be at a premium. Secure your place at this historic occasion before it sells out…..  

GC100 Merchandise

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To commemorate Gold Cup 100, we have produced special edition playing cards and a book, "Let No Memories Fade".


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”.


With just 52 cards in a set and a hundred years of Gold Cup history, it is impossible for every winner to be represented in the Gold Cup 100 Limited Edition Playing Cards. So, we have simply chosen our racecourse favourites for the picture cards. It was a very subjective debate! By purchasing this limited edition pack of Gold Cup Centenary celebration playing cards you have contributed to a good cause.


Due to unprecedented demand, we are awaiting new stock of limited edition playing cards. Because of this, we are not able to despatch items until January 10th.



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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