Friday 15th March: Cheltenham – 3:30 – 3m 2½f (3m 2f 70y) (New) Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) (5yo+)
The biggest race of the week goes off at 3:30pm on Friday and with an average of 12.2 runners over the past 10 years, thinning down the field to a manageable likely few seems a good option.
The race has been run since 1924 and over that time some of the true superstars of the National Hunt arena have won the event. The horse that has won the event more than any other is Golden Miller who won the race five times between 1932 and 1936 and was owned by The Honourable Dorothy Paget who was arguably the biggest gambler in British turf history and whose horses won a total of 1,532 races.
There are some strong statistics surrounding the Gold Cup:
- All of the last 17 winners had previously won at least one Grade 1 race
- 15 of the last 16 winners started in the first three in the betting
- All of the last 13 winners had a previous run at Cheltenham
- All of the last 13 winners had at least two previous chase wins
- 12 of the last 13 winners had at least two runs prior to the Gold Cup
- 21 of the last 23 winners were aged between seven and nine
- 14 of the last 16 winners were rated at 166 or higher
- 16 of the last 18 winners won earlier in the season
- Just one of the last 23 winners was aged 10 or older
- 12 of the last 13 winners had won at least once over 3 miles or further
- All of the last 13 winners had run at least four times over hurdles earlier in their careers
Now, back to the redoubtable Dorothy Paget. Her horses won the race seven times in total and her colours were blue and yellow. In the last 10 years horses ridden by jockeys wearing silks with some blue or yellow in them have won on six occasions.
Talking of jockeys, in the last 50 years 20% of the winning jockeys had a Christian name beginning with the letter ‘T’.
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