The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain.
The total prize money for the 2014 running will be £550,000. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup was a three- mile Flat race in 1819, won by Mr Bodenham’s Spectre. The chase as we now know it was introduced in 1924, with Red Splash successful. The winning prize money was £700.
The joint biggest Gold Cup field ever was in 2006, when 22 runners went to post. Since the race was first run in 1924, there has only been one other renewal with more than 18 runners – in 1982 when Silver Buck defeated 21 rivals. The current maximum field allowed is 24.
In the Gold Cup’s history only seven horses have won more than once, the most recent of them is Kauto Star (pictured), who took the spoils in 2007 and 2009 and is the only horse to regain the Gold Cup.
The others were Best Mate (2002/03/04), L’Escargot (1970/71), Arkle (1964/65/66), Cottage Rake (1948/49/50), Golden Miller (1932/33/34/35/36) and Easter Hero (1929/30).
Golden Miller holds the record for the most Gold Cup victories, with five consecutive wins from 1932–36.
Most Successful Owner
Golden Miller’s owner, Dorothy Paget, is also the most successful owner in the race with an amazing seven victories, with Roman Hackle (1940) and Mont Tremblant (1952) adding to Golden Miller’s five wins.
Most Successful Trainer
The most successful trainer is Tom Dreaper, who won five Gold Cups with three separate horses, namely Prince Regent (1946), Arkle (1964, 1965 and 1966) and Fort Leney (1968).
Paul Nicholls is the most successful current handler with four wins from three separate horses – See More Business (1999), Kauto Star (2007 & 2009) and Denman (2008).
Most Successful Jockey
The most successful jockey is Pat Taaffe, who recorded four victories on – Arkle (1964, 1965 & 1966) and Fort Leney (1968).
The three most successful current jockeys are AP (Tony) McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty, who all have two wins. McCoy scored on Mr Mulligan (1997) and Synchronised (2012), while Walsh was on board Kauto Star (2007 & 2009) and Geraghty took the spoils with Kicking King (2005) and Bobs Worth (2013).
Ridden & Trained Winner
Three winning jockeys went on train the Gold Cup winner.
|Fred Winter||Saffron Tartan (1961), Mandarin (1962)||Midnight Court (1978)|
|Pat Taaffe||Arkle (1964, 1965, 1966), Fort Leney (1968)||Captain Christy (1974)|
|Jonjo O’Neill||Alverton (1979), Dawn Run (1986)||Synchronised (2012)|
A total of four mares have won the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup – Ballinode (1925), Kerstin (1958), Glencaraig Lady (1972) and Dawn Run (1986).
Longest & Shortest-Priced Winners, Fate Of The Favourites
The longest-priced winner of the Gold Cup is Norton’s Coin, who started at 100/1 in 1990, while the shortest-priced winner was Arkle, the 1/10 favourite in 1966.
In the 85 runnings, 29 favourites have won (just over 34 per cent).
The only grey Gold Cup winner was Desert Orchid in 1989.
The breakdown of winners by age is as follows:
- 5yo – 3 victories
- 6yo – 5 victories
- 7yo – 16 victories
- 8yo – 19 victories
- 9yo – 24 victories
- 10yo – 11 victories
- 11yo – 5 victories
- 12yo – 2 victories
The winners of 22 Gold Cups have been trained overseas.
IRELAND (21): Ballinode (1925), Prince Regent (1946), Cottage Rake (1948, 1949, 1950), Knock Hard (1953), Roddy Owen (1959), Arkle (1964, 1965, 1966), Fort Leney (1968), L’Escargot (1970, 1971), Glencaraig Lady (1972), Captain Christy (1974), Ten Up (1975), Davy Lad (1977), Dawn Run (1986), Imperial Call (1996), Kicking King (2005), War Of Attrition (2006)
FRANCE (1): The Fellow (1994)
Gold Cup/Champion Hurdle Double
Dawn Run is the only horse to have won both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup. She was successful in 1984 and 1986 respectively.
The fastest winning time is 6 minutes 29.7 seconds, set by Long Run in 2011.
Did You Know?
AP McCoy’s Stan James Champion Hurdle/Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup double in 1997 on Make A Stand and Mr Mulligan was the 11th time that the big-race double has been landed by one jockey in the same year.
The other jockeys to have achieved the feat were Dick Rees (1929), Tom Cullinan (1930), Ted Leader (1932), Bill Stott (1933), Gerry Wilson (1935), Aubrey Brabazon (1949 and 1950), Tim Molony (1953), Fred Winter (1961) and Norman Williamson (1995).
Alderbrook and Master Oats in 1995 enabled Norman Williamson and Kim Bailey to join a very select group of jockey and trainer partnerships who have won both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup in the same year. The other partnerships were Tommy Cullinan and Jack Anthony in 1930, Ted Leader and Basil Briscoe in 1932, Bill Stott and Basil Briscoe in 1933, and Aubrey Brabazon and Vincent O’Brien in both 1949 and 1950.
Michael Dickinson saddled the first five horses home in 1983 – Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House.