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Cheltenham Racecourse

ROLE OF HONOUR

 

Gold Cup Heros

 

In 1924, we saw the introduction of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

 

In the 1850’s there was a movement to establish a true steeplechase and revive what some saw as the golden sporting age of steeplechasing in the 1830’s. “Fog” Rowlands and others thought of establishing a race “to encourage farmers to breed high-class horses” and it was hoped that farmers and hunting men would ride in it.

 

They wanted to discourage the “keeping in training of a set of weeds useful only for betting purposes” by setting a tough cross country course.

 

1920's

1924

5/1
RED SPLASH (5 yo)
One of only three 5yr olds to win the Gold Cup.

Jockey: Dick Rees – the first jockey to win 100 races in the 1924 National Hunt season.
Trainer: Frederick S Withington
Owner: Humphrey Wyndham

 

1924 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner

 

1925

3/1
BALLINODE

Jockey: ‘Ted’ Leader – Champion Jockey in 1925/26.
Trainer: Frank Morgan
Owner: Christopher Bentley

 

1926

10/1
KOKO (9 yo)

Jockey: Tim Hamey
Trainer: Alfred Bickley
Owner: Frank Barbour

 

1927

10/1
THROWN IN (11 yo)

Jockey: Hon Hugh Raufe Grosvenor
Trainer: Owen Anthony – rode 110 winners as a jockey. As a trainer his horses won three Gold Cups, a Champion Hurdle, and a Grand National.
Owner: Lord Henry Stalbridge – won the 1940 Grand National with BOGSKAR, a horse he had trained himself.

 

1928

7/1
PATRON SAINT (5 yo)
The first Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to be trained in Wales.

Jockey: Dick Rees
Trainer: Stanley Harrison
Owner: FW Keen

 

1929

7/4F
EASTER HERO (9 yo)
Easter Hero holds his place in history as the first dual winner of the Gold Cup race, which he won by 20 lengths on both occasions (See 1930).

Jockey: Dick Rees
Trainer: Jack Anthony
Owner: John Hay Whitney

1930

8/11F
EASTER HERO (10 yo)
1930 saw Tommy achieve the unique treble, winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on EASTER HERO, the Champion Hurdle on BROWN TONY and the Grand National on SHAUN GOILIN.

Jockey: Tommy Cullinan
Trainer: Jack Anthony
Owner: John Hay Whitney

 

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1931

In 1931 the course was frozen. This denied EASTER HERO his opportunity to go for a hat-trick.

 

1932

13/2
GOLDEN MILLER (5 yo)
Bred in Ireland, Golden Miller was purchased out of a field for 500 Guineas. 

Jockey: Ted Leader – Champion Jockey in 1925/26
Trainer: Basil Briscoe
Owner: Dorothy Paget

 

1933

4/7F
GOLDEN MILLER (6 yo)
One of the greatest racehorse owners of all time Dorothy Paget would reportedly bet, on average, £10,000 (£320,000 in today’s money) on her horses. A formidable eccentric timekeeping meant nothing to Mrs Paget. She kept the most irregular hours but was known as a woman of honour so bookies accepted her night-time bets after races had been run.

Jockey: William ‘Billy’ Stott
Trainer: Basil Briscoe
Owner: Dorothy Paget

 

1934

6/5F
GOLDEN MILLER (7 yo)
The most successful Cheltenham Gold Cup horse to date and the only horse to have won both of the UK’s premier steeplechase races – the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year (1934). 

Jockey: Gerry Wilson
Trainer: Basil Briscoe
Owner: Dorothy Paget

 

1935

1/2F
GOLDEN MILLER (8 yo)

Jockey: Gerry Wilson
Trainer: Basil Briscoe
Owner: Dorothy Paget

 

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1936

21/20F
GOLDEN MILLER (9 yo)
Golden Miller set a Grand National course record that stood until another great horse, RED RUM, broke it almost 40 years later. He ran 55 races (winning 29) – his record of five successive Gold Cup wins still stands, earning him the title, “Steeplechaser of the Century”. Dorothy Paget, the ‘Queen of the Turf’ had an incredible 1,532 winners during her lifetime and remains to this day a legend of the turf. She died in 1962 at the age of 55.

Jockey: Evan Williams – won a further Gold Cup for Mrs Paget on ROMAN HACKLE.
Trainer: Owen Anthony
Owner: Dorothy Paget

 

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1937

In 1937 the track was closed due to flooding.

 

1938

13/2
MORSE CODE (9 yo)

Jockey: Danny Morgan – rode for three Kings of England, winning for two – Edward Vlll and George Vl.
Trainer: Ivor Anthony
Owner: Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Dealtry Charles Part

 

1939

8/1
BRENDAN’S COTTAGE (9 yo)

Jockey: George Owen
Trainer: George Beeby – trained a total of 19 winners at the Festival over the period 1930-59.
Owner: Jean Smith-Bingham

 

1940

Odds: Evens
ROMAN HACKLE (7 yo)

Jockey: Evan Williams
Trainer: Owen Anthony
Owner: Dorothy Paget – a Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double for Dorothy with SOLFORD and ROMAN HACKLE.

 

1941

7/2
POET PRINCE (9 yo)
Poet Prince was due to be ridden by his owner however a fall the day before presented Roger Burford with the ride. David Sherbrooke paid 40 Guineas for his Gold Cup winner; the market was in a dire state and the horse had breathing problems – luckily Mr Sherbrooke was a vet.

Jockey: Roger Burford
Trainer: Ivor Anthony – this was Anthony’s second winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the first being MORSE CODE in 1938.
Owner: David Sherbrooke

 

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1942

9/2
MEDOC II (8 yo)

Jockey: Frenchie Nicholson – a successful jockey and National Hunt trainer who’s son David (‘The Duke’) was much influenced by his father’s passion for Cheltenham. Frenchie was a leading light who set the stage for Cheltenham as we know it today.
Trainer: Reg Hobbs – well known for his Grand National winner BATTLESHIP, a tiny entire horse ridden by his 17yr old son Bruce.
Owner: 7th Earl of Sefton – a distinguished racing figure whose family had owned Aintree and its associated lands for more than 800 years.

 

1943

THE WAR YEARS
On 10th September 1942 this notice appeared in the Racing Calendar:

“The stewards of the National Hunt Committee have received notification from His Majesties Government that they are unable to sanction National Hunt racing during the season 1942-3.

During the Second World War the racecourse was used as living and training quarters for troops waiting to be sent into action. Despite this, the Gold Cup was staged in all bar two of the War years (1943 and 1944).

 

1945

11/4F
RED ROWER (11 yo)
His third attempt at the race rising from third to second and finally first place after an interval of three years.

Jockey: Davy Jones – originally a flat jockey, he carried three stone of dead weight to win. Jones rode his last winner at the age of 65 in Kenya – he was still schooling horses at home near Cheltenham in his 80s.
Trainer & Owner: 2nd Lord Stalbridge

 

1946 

4/7F
PRINCE REGENT (11 yo)

Jockey: Tim Hyde – a former show jumper, Tim rode the horse 28 times over five seasons winning 12 of these starts including the 1942 Grand National.
Trainer: Tom Dreaper – the most successful trainer in Gold Cup history. Apart from training the legendary ARKLE for his three consecutive wins (1964-66), Tom was also responsible for the Gold Cup winners PRINCE REGENT (1946) and FORT LENEY (1968).
Owner: Jimmy Rank – elder brother of the film magnate J Arthur Rank spent vast sums trying to achieve his sporting ambition over a period stretching 30 years

 

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1947

8/1
FORTINA (6 yo)
A big, hansom, Chestnut entire, who had only raced once (and won) in England, he went off to stud and proved to be a prolific national hunt sire.

Jockey: Mr Richard Black – black was the second amateur to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Trainer: Hector Christie
Owner: Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe

 

1948

10/1
COTTAGE RAKE (9 yo)
COTTAGE RAKE made history by becoming the first horse to travel by aeroplane to the races. He flew into Bristol with stable mates HATTON’S GRACE and CASTLEDERMOT – who also won their races, the Champion Hurdle and the National Hunt Chase. He was the first Irish-bred, owned and trained horse to win the Gold Cup. Famous for his burst of speed from the last fence he became a household name in his native Ireland and the UK along with his jockey Aubrey Brabazon.

Jockey: Aubrey Brabazon
Trainer: Vincent O’Brien
Owner: Frank Vickerman

 

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1949

4/6F
COTTAGE RAKE (10 yo)
Jockey Aubrey Brabazon was one of the best-loved ‘characters’ in Irish racing. Bloodstock agent, motor racing driver, boxer and renowned raconteur, ‘The Brab’ was a legend in his own lifetime, blessed with perfect hands, superb balance, a mastery of tactics and rapport with his mounts.

Jockey: Aubrey Brabazon
Trainer: Vincent O’Brien
Owner: Frank Vickerman

 

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1950

5/6F
COTTAGE RAKE (11 yo)
Owner Frank Vickerman was persuaded by Trainer, Vincent O’Brien to buy COTTAGE RAKE. Vickerman changed his mind after the horse failed a vetting, but, as luck would have it, a part payment made had already been cashed by the breeder and so the deal went through. COTTAGE RAKE was the flagship horse and foundation of the trainer’s empire. In the decade that he trained jumpers, O’Brien won a remarkable 23 races at The Festival, including four Gold Cups securing a place in Cheltenham history for both horse and trainer.

Jockey: Aubrey Brabazon
Trainer: Vincent O’Brien
Owner: Frank Vickerman

 

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1951

6/4F
SILVER FAME (12 yo)
The most prolific winner in Cheltenham’s history winning 10 chases over five different distances

Jockey: Martin Molony
Trainer: George Beeby
Owner: 1st Baron Bicester

 

1952

8/1
MONT TREMBIANT (6 yo)
The last of Dorothy Paget’s seven Gold Cup winners.

Jockey: Dave Dick
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn – one of the most successful trainers of all time with 40 Festival winners between 1946 and 1986, an unbeaten record until taken by Nicky Henderson in 2012
Owner: Dorothy Paget

 

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1953

11/2
KNOCK HARD (9 yo)

Jockey: Tim Molony
Trainer: Vincent O’Brien
Owner: Moya Keogh

 

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1954

100/6
FOUR TEN (8 yo) 

Jockey: Tommy Cusack
Trainer: John Roberts
Owner: Alan Strange

 

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1955

33/1
GAY DONALD (9 yo)
Went off the outsider and set the pace winning by 10 lengths. He loved Liquorice Allsorts and sardine sandwiches.

Jockey: Tony Grantham
Trainer: Jim Ford
Owner: Philip Burt

 

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1956

11/8F
LIMBER HILL (9 yo)
The first horse to bring the Gold Cup North.

Jockey: Jimmy Power
Trainer: Bill Dutton
Owner: James Davey

 

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1957

100/9
LINWELL (9 yo)
A horse that loved Cheltenham having won there four times before his Gold Cup victory.

Jockey: Michael Scudamore – perfected LINWELL’s jumping and built a great partnership. They won six races in his first year.
Trainer: Charlie Mallon
Owner: David Brown

 

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1958

7/1
KERSTIN (8 yo)
One of only four mares to win the race.

Jockey: Stan Hayhurst
Trainer: Verly Bewicke
Owner: George H. Moore

 

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1959

5/1
RODDY OWEN (10 yo)
A hugely talented but a horse who had his own mind – and let everyone know it

Jockey: Bobby Beasley – won the Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice and the Champion Hurdle.
Trainer: Danny Morgan
Owner: 12th Earl of Fingall

 

1960

6/1
PAS SEUL (7 yo)
He was a half-brother to the 1955 winner, GAY DONALD he had plenty of ability but no regard for obstacles.

Jockey: Bill Rees
Trainer: Bob Turnell
Owner: John Rogerson – paid £600 for the horse, which turned out to be a great investment, if not a little frustrating at times.

 
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1961

2/1F
SAFFRON TARTAN (10 yo)

Jockey: Fred Winter – Champion Jockey on four occasions; he won the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle as both jockey and trainer.
Trainer: Don Butchers
Owner: Guy Westmacott

 

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1962

7/2
MANDARIN (11 yo)
This partnership also won the Grand Steeplechase de Paris despite the bit breaking in MANDARIN’s mouth at the fourth fence. With no brakes or steering he was lucky to get round, let alone win.

Jockey: Fred Winter (see 1961 and 1978)
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn (see 1952)
Owner: Peggy Hennessy (of the family that founded Hennessy).

 

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1963

7/2F
MILL HOUSE (6 yo)
Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup by 12 lengths. Had he not raced in the same era as ARKLE it is likely he would have been rated amongst the top three steeplechasers of all time. Known as ‘The Big Horse’ he stood at 18hh.

Jockey: Willie Robinson
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn (see 1952)
Owner: Bill Gollings

 

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1964

7/4
ARKLE (7 yo)
The greatest steeplechaser of all time, although he had a strange quirk, crossing his forelegs when jumping. Many joke that his talent was a result of Guinness being part of his daily diet! Victorious in 27 of his 34 starts at distances from 1m 6f up to 3m 5f he was often referred to simply as ‘Himself’.

PAT TAAFFE
Taaffe is the most successful Gold Cup jockey to date, famous for his partnership with ARKLE, Taaffe rode 32 Cheltenham winners, including four Gold Cups (1964-1968) and five Champion Chases.

DUCHESS OF WESTMINSTER
The Duchess (Anne) spotted ARKLE in 1960 as an unbroken 3yr old (Lot 148) in Goff’s Ballsbridge Sale. She bought him for 1,150 Guineas and named him after a mountain near one of the Westminster estates in Sutherland. She rode ARKLE during their summer holidays in Ireland and in retirement she indulged his every whim.

Jockey: Pat Taaffe
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster

 

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1965

3/10F
ARKLE (8 yo)

Jockey: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster (see 1964)

 

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1966

1/10F
ARKLE (9 yo)
Won this race by 30 lengths despite ploughing through a fence early on. He went through the season 1965/66 unbeaten in five races.

Jockey: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster (see 1964)

 

1967

100/8
WOODLAND VENTURE (7 yo)

Jockey: Terry Biddlecombe
Trainer: Fred Rimell – Fred and wife Mercy trained 190 Cheltenham winners between them including two Gold Cups.
Owner: Harry Collins

 

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1968

11/2
FORT LENEY (10 yo)
ARKLE’s stable companion and the first Gold Cup winner to be sired by another (FORTINA).

Jockey: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Trainer: Tom Dreaper – this was the last of Dreaper’s five Gold Cup wins.
Owner: John Thomson

 

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1969

8/1
WHAT A MYTH (12 yo)
No horse older than 10 has won the Gold Cup since.

Jockey: Paul Kelleway
Trainer: Ryan Price
Owner: Lady Lucy Weir

 

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1970

33/1
L’ESCARGOT (7 yo)
Twice won the Gold Cup, in 1970 and 1971. This win was notable as he started as a 33/1 outsider. Best known for beating RED RUM in the 1975 Grand National.

Jockey: Tommy Carberry
Trainer: Dan Moore
Owner: Raymond R. Guest

 

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1971

7/2JF
L’ESCARGOT (8 yo)

Jockey: Tommy Carberry (see 1970)
Trainer: Dan Moore
Owner: Raymond R. Guest – one of only four to have owned winners of both the Derby and the Grand National.

 

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1972

6/1
GLENCARAIG LADY (8 yo)
One of only four mares to win the Gold Cup. She was also sired by Gold Cup winner FORTINA

Jockey: Frank Berry – stylish and cool under pressure Berry was Champion Jump Jockey in Ireland ten times.
Trainer: Francis Flood
Owner: Patrick Doyle

 

1973

9/1
THE DIKLER (10 yo)
This 17hh horse jumped the Gold Cup course in seven consecutive years, placing third twice, second once and winning in 1973.

Jockey: Ron Barry
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn (see 1952)
Owner: Peggy August

 

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1974

7/1
CAPTAIN CHRISTY (7 yo)
An exceptional horse, the first novice to win the Gold Cup since MONT TREMBLANT 22 years earlier.

Jockey: Bobby Beasley (see 1959)
Trainer: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Owner: Jane Samuel

 

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1975

2/1
TEN UP (8 yo)

Jockey: Tommy Carberry (see 1970)
Trainer: Jim Dreaper – the first second-generation trainer to win a Gold Cup, he was top trainer of this Festival at just 24yrs old.
Owner: Duchess of Westminster – only the second person, after Dorothy Paget, to own two different Gold Cup winners.

 
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1976

14/1
ROYAL FROLIC (7 yo)

Jockey: John Burke
Trainer: Fred Rimmell
Owner: Sir Edward Hanmer – querying his 7yr old chaser being too young to take on the Gold Cup, his trainer replied: “Well, none of us is getting any younger, sir, and I think he should take his chance.” (Hanmer was 86)

 

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1977

14/1
DAVY LAD (7 yo)

Jockey: Dessie Hughes
Trainer: Mick O’Toole – saddled eight winners at the Festival. He also won the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Coral-Eclipse and Arkle Trophy in the same year (1979).
Owner: Anne-Marie McGowan

 
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1978

5/2
MIDNIGHT COURT (7 yo)
Won the first Gold Cup to return to Lambourn in 15 years. (The Gold Cup was run in April due to snow.)

Jockey: John Francome – Champion Jockey seven times and won 1,138 races over jumps in Britain .
Trainer: Fred Winter – The only man to both ride and train winners of the Gold Cup and The Champion Hurdle “a perfect gentleman” and “the most outstanding jockey of his time.”
Owner: Olive Jackson

 

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1979

5/1F
ALVERTON (9 yo)

Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill – Champion Jockey twice in the late 1970s, he also won the 1986 Gold Cup on DAWN RUN.
Trainer: Peter Easterby – the only trainer to have saddled more than 1,000 winners in Britain in both flat and National Hunt racing.
Owner: Snailwell Stud Co.

 

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1980

14/1
MASTER SMUDGE (8 yo)
TIED COTTAGE led all the way in the 1980 Gold Cup and beat MASTER SMUDGE by eight lengths but, because of contaminated feed, he failed the drugs test and was disqualified. 

Jockey: Richard Hoare
Trainer & Owner: Arthur Barrow

 

1981

6/1
LITTLE OWL (7 yo)
Little Owl won all but one of his races over fences prior to his 1981 Gold Cup race, the best field in a decade; it included a previous Gold Cup winner and a champion hurdler. 

Jockey: Mr Jim Wilson – only the third amateur to win the race.
Trainer: Peter Easterby
Owner: Robin and Jim Wilson

 

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1982

8/1
SILVER BUCK (10 yo)

Jockey: Robert Earnshaw
Trainer: Michael Dickinson
Owner: Christine Feather

 

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1983

100/30F
BREGAWN (9 yo)

Jockey: Graham Bradley
Trainer: Michael Dickinson – trained the first five home: BREGAWN, CAPTAIN JOHN, WAYWARD LAD, SILVER BUCK and ASHLEY HOUSE.
Owner: James Kennelly

 

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1984

7/2
BURROUGH HILL LAD (8 yo)
This popular horse won half of his 42 races and was the dominant force in chasing in the mid-80s.

Jockey: Phil Tuck
Trainer: Jenny Pitman
Owner: Stan Riley

 

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1985

7/1
FORGIVE ‘N FORGET (8 yo)

Jockey: Mark Dwyer
Trainer: Jimmy FitzGerald
Owner: Tim Kilroe & Sons Ltd

 
1986

15/8F
DAWN RUN (8 yo)
The most successful racemare in the history of National Hunt racing. Not only was she the first horse to complete the English, Irish and French Champion Hurdle treble, but she was also the first to complete the Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double in 1984 and 1986. No other mare has won the Gold Cup since her victory.

Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill
Trainer: Paddy Mullins
Owner: Charmian Hill

 

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1987

13/2
THE THINKER (9 yo)
Nearly didn’t get to run. As the jockeys mounted it began to snow. At the start it was a snowstorm and settling. A delay was announced and the runners called back from the start. The stewards waited and the 3.30pm race eventually started at 4.51pm – 81 minutes late.

Jockey: Ridley Lamb
Trainer: Arthur Stephenson
Owner: Tom McDonagh

 

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1988

10/1
CHARTER PARTY (10 yo)

Jockey: Richard Dunwoody
Trainer: David Nicholson – David ‘The Duke’ Nicholson rode 538 winners himself and was Champion National Hunt Trainer for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.
Owner: Smith/Mould

 

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1989

5/2F
DESERT ORCHID (10 yo)
‘Dessie’, a racing icon, much loved by all for his front-running style, iron will and versatility. Best known for his four King George VI victories, this win saw him battling past mud-loving YAHOO up the Hill to claim victory by one and a half lengths. Jockey Simon Sherwood said: “I’ve never known a horse so brave. He hated every step of the way in the ground and dug as deep as he could possibly go”. Three cheers were called as Desert Orchid was unsaddled. The race was voted best horse race ever by readers of the Racing Post.

Jockey: Simon Sherwood
Trainer: David Elsworth
Owner: Richard Burridge

 

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1990

100/1
NORTON’S COIN (9 yo)
The longest price winner in the history of the race at 100/1.

Jockey: Graham McCourt
Trainer & Owner: Sirrell Griffiths

 

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1991

16/1
GARRISON SAVANNAH (8 yo)
This win was unusual in that the horse beat two former champions, DESERT ORCHID (third) and NORTON’S COIN (fell) and two future champions in THE FELLOW (second) and COOL GROUND (fourth).

Jockey: Mark Pitman
Trainer: Jenny Pitman
Owner: Autofour Engineering

 

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1992

25/1
COOL GROUND (10 yo)

Jockey: Adrian Maguire
Trainer: Toby Balding
Owner: Whitcombe Manor Racing

 
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1993

8/1
JODAMI (8 yo)

Jockey: Mark Dwyer
Trainer: Peter Beaumont
Owner: John Yeadon

 

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1994

7/1
THE FELLOW (9 yo)
Beaten a short-head in two consecutive Gold Cups in 1991 and 1992 the French horse got his reward when beating the previous year’s winner JODAMI by one and a half lengths.

Jockey: Adam Kondrat
Trainer: François Doumen
Owner: Marquesa de Moratalla

 

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1995

100/30F
MASTER OATS (9 yo)
Between November 1993 and March 1995 MASTER OATS won nine of his 11 races and improved to become the highest-rated staying chaser in Britain.

Jockey: Norman Williamson
Trainer: Kim Bailey
Owner: Paul Matthews

 

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1996

9/2
IMPERIAL CALL (7 yo)
The first Irish horse to win the Gold Cup for 10 years

Jockey: Conor O’Dwyer
Trainer: Fergie Sutherland
Owner: Lisselan Farms Ltd

 

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1997

20/1
MR MULLIGAN (9 yo)

Jockey: AP McCoy
Trainer: Noel Chance
Owner: M&G Worcester

 

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1998

25/1
COOL DAWN (10 yo)

Jockey: Andrew Thornton
Trainer: Robert Alner
Owner: Dido Harding

 

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1999

16/1

SEE MORE BUSINESS (9 yo)

Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Owner: Paul Barber & John Keighley

2000

9/2
LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE (8 yo)

Jockey: Richard Johnson
Trainer: Noel Chance – a second Gold Cup win following on from 1997.
Owner: Tim Collins

 
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2001

The entire Festival was cancelled in 2001 due to the then-ubiquitous foot and mouth disease.

 

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2002

7/1
BEST MATE (7 yo)
The first of three consecutive Gold Cup victories.

Jockey: Jim Culloty
Trainer: Henrietta Knight
Owner: Jim Lewis

 

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2003

13/8F
BEST MATE (8 yo)

Jockey: Jim Culloty
Trainer: Henrietta Knight
Owner: Jim Lewis

 

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2004

8/11F
BEST MATE (9 yo)

Jockey: Jim Culloty
Trainer: Henrietta Knight
Owner: Jim Lewis

One of the most loved horses in the history of horse racing, BEST MATE never fell at a fence or hurdle. Out of 22 starts he won 14 of them and came second in seven. He was often compared with ARKLE – although the highest Timeform rating for ARKLE was 212 while BEST MATE’s highest rating was 182.

 
2005

4/1F
KICKING KING (7 yo)

Jockey: Barry Geraghty
Trainer: Tom Taaffe
Owner: Conor Clarkson

 

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2006

15/2
WAR OF ATTRITION (7 yo)

Jockey: Conor O’Dwyer – second victory in the Gold Cup ten years after IMPERIAL CALL.
Trainer: Mouse Morris
Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

 
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2007

5/4F
KAUTO STAR (7 yo)
A phenomenal chaser – the first horse ever to win (2007), lose (2008) and then regain the Gold Cup (2009), the public took KAUTO STAR to their hearts. Alongside his Gold Cup double he also won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park a record-breaking five times. The 2007 victory was the richest ever Cheltenham Gold Cup and he picked up a £1m bonus.

 
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2008

9/4
DENMAN (8 yo)
The “tank”, as the public came to know him, won 14 of his 24 races under rules, putting up some of the greatest staying chase performances ever seen. Much of his illustrious career has been documented for the great rivalry with stablemate KAUTO STAR for the Gold Cup. This seven-length victory certainly put KAUTO to the test.

Jockey: Sam Thomas
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Owner: Paul K Barber & Mrs M Findlay

 

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2009

7/4F
KAUTO STAR (9 yo)

Jockey: Ruby Walsh
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Owner: Clive D Smith

 

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2010

7/1
IMPERIAL COMMANDER (9 yo)
2009 Ryanair Chase winner IMPERIAL COMMANDER completed a championship race double when landing the Gold Cup this year. Trained locally he won six times at Cheltenham, including the 2008 Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Jockey: Paddy Brennan
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Owner: Our Friends in the North

 

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2011

7/2F
LONG RUN (6 yo)
Produced a stellar performance to beat DENMAN and KAUTO STAR into second and third respectively, setting a new course record of 6m 29.70secs.

Jockey: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
Trainer: Nicky Henderson (see 2013)
Owner: Robert Waley-Cohen – Cheltenham chairman, but more famous than most for owning LONG RUN. This victory also meant his son Sam became the first amateur in 30 years to win the Gold Cup.

 

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2012

8/1
SYNCHRONISED (9 yo)

Jockey: Tony McCoy (see 1997)
Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill (see 1986, DAWN RUN)
Owner: JP McManus

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2013

11/4F
BOBS WORTH (8 yo)
Won nine of his 12 races, including the Albert Bartlett in 2011, the RSA Chase in 2012 and the Gold Cup in 2013. The first horse for more than 40 years to win three different races at consecutive Cheltenham Festivals.

Jockey: Barry Geraghty
Trainer: Nicky Henderson – the first trainer to gain 50 Cheltenham Festival winners.
Owner: The Not Afraid Partnership

 

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2014

20/1
LORD WINDERMERE (8 yo)
Jim Culloty becomes the fifth man to win the Gold Cup as both trainer and jockey (see 2002, 2003 and 2004)

Jockey: Davy Russell
Trainer: Jim Culloty
Owner: Dr Ronan Lambe

 

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2015

7/1
CONEYGREE (8 yo)
On only his fourth run over fences, Coneygree won the 2015 renewal of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and he was the first horse since 1974 to win the race as a novice. Coneygree had won the Denman Chase at Newbury before the race and was always popular in the markets, returning at 7/1.

Jockey: Nico de Boinville
Trainer: Mark Bradstock
Owner: The Max Partnership

 
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2016

9/4F

DON COSSACK (9 yo)

Don Cossack proved victorious in the feature race of The Festival, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper, both of whom enjoyed their first Cheltenham Gold Cup win.

Jockey: Bryan Cooper
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

 
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2017

7/1

SIZING JOHN (7 yo)

Sizing John stormed up the famous hill to victory in the feature race of The Festival, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, for Irish trainer Mrs J Harrington and jockey Robbie Power, both of whom enjoyed their first Cheltenham Gold Cup win.

Jockey: Robbie Power
Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
Owner: Ann & Alan Potts Partnership

 

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2018

5/1

NATIVE RIVER (8 yo)

Native River secured trainer Colin Tizzard’s first victory in the blue ribbon of national hunt racing, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Native River and champion jockey Richard Johnson held off favourite Might Bite for an exciting finish up the famous Cheltenham Hill.

Jockey: Richard Johnson
Trainer: Colin Tizzard
Owner: Brocade Racing

 

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The Return of the 1924 Gold Cup

Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce it has been reunited with the original Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy, dating back to 1924, and will present it to the winner of the 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. 

 

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First awarded 94 years ago 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 next year's race on Friday, March 15, 2019 and in future years.

 

Cheltenham Racecourse was approached by the previous owner of the original Cheltenham Gold Cup; it has been in a bank vault since the 1970s. It is the first time that the trophy for the Cheltenham Gold Cup has changed since 1972.

The 1924 Cheltenham Gold Cup weighs 644 grams of nine carat gold and is plated in 18 carat gold to give it a rich colour and will now be mounted on a plinth bearing the names of every horse to have ever won the great chase.

Commissioned and purchased from Simmons of Cheltenham, the 1924 trophy was created by S Blanckensee & Son Ltd of Birmingham. Its whereabouts over past decades are unclear, but it has been in private ownership in recent times.


"To bring the first ever Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy back to its rightful home and to use is as the perpetual trophy moving forwards really demonstrates the rich history and heritage of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. We are also delighted that it will now carry the names of all our previous winners on the plinth. It's a beautiful, decorative trophy, dating back almost 100 years and it will sit perfectly on the winner's podium come March next year, when we crown the next Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup champion."

Ian Renton, Regional Director, Cheltenham & The South West, The Jockey Club


The 2019 winning owner will receive a replica of the original Cheltenham Gold Cup to keep, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup remaining at Cheltenham over the year.

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