Ascot Gold Cup

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Gold Cup
Group 1 race
The Ascot Gold Cup 1834 James Pollard.jpg
The Ascot Gold Cup, 1834
by James Pollard
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1807
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (4yo);
9 st 2 lb (5yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
1 lb for S. Hemisphere horses
Purse £375,000 (2014)
1st: £212,662.50
Gold Cup
2014
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Brown and yellow (quartered), yellow sleeves, brown cap, yellow spots
Leading Light Estimate Missunited

The Gold Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

It is Britain's most prestigious event for "stayers" – horses which specialise in racing over long distances. It is traditionally held on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting, which is known colloquially (but not officially) as Ladies' Day. Contrary to popular belief the actual title of the race does not include the word "Ascot".

History[edit]

The event was established in 1807,[1] and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. The inaugural winner, Master Jackey, was awarded prize money of 100 guineas. The first race took place in the presence of King George III and Queen Charlotte.

The 1844 running was attended by Nicholas I of Russia, who was making a state visit to England. That year's winner was unnamed at the time of his victory, but he was given the name "The Emperor" in honour of the visiting monarch. In return Nicholas offered a new trophy for the race — the "Emperor's Plate" — and this became the title of the event for a short period. Its original name was restored after nine years, during the Crimean War.

The Gold Cup is the first leg of Britain's Stayers' Triple Crown, followed by the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. The last horse to win all three races in the same year was Double Trigger in 1995.

The Gold Cup is one of three perpetual trophies at the Royal Ascot meeting, along with the Royal Hunt Cup and the Queen's Vase, which can be kept permanently by the winning owners. A number of horses have won it more than once, and the most successful is Yeats, who recorded his fourth victory in 2009.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (4 wins):

  • Yeats2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Leading jockey (11 wins):

  • Lester PiggottZarathustra (1957), Gladness (1958), Pandofell (1961), Twilight Alley (1963), Fighting Charlie (1965), Sagaro (1975, 1976, 1977), Le Moss (1979), Ardross (1981, 1982)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienYeats (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Fame and Glory (2011), Leading Light (2014)

Leading owner (6 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue MagnierYeats (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Fame and Glory (2011), Leading Light (2014)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1807 Master Jackey 3
1808 Brighton 4
1809 Anderida 4
1810 Loiterer 4
1811 Jannette 4
1812 Flash 3
1813 Lutzen 4
1814 Pranks 5
1815 Aladdin 5
1816 Anticipation 4
1817 Sir Richard 4
1818 Belville 7
1819 Anticipation 7
1820 Champignon 4 T A Fraser
1821 Banker 5 W Butler Duke of York
1822 Sir Huldibrand 4 J Ramsbottom
1823 Marcellus 4 Will Wheatley William Chifney Earl of Darlington
1824 Bizarre 4 Bill Arnull R D Boyce Lord G H Cavendish
1825 Bizarre 5 Bill Arnull R D Boyce Lord G H Cavendish
1826 Chateau Margaux 4 George Dockeray R Stephenson C Wyndham
1827 Memnon 5 Sam Chifney, Jr. William Chifney Earl of Darlington
1828 Bobadilla 3 Thomas Lye Robert Pettit A Molony
1829 Zinganee 4 Sam Chifney, Jr. William Chifney 6th Earl of Chesterfield
1830 Lucetta 4 Jem Robinson H Scott Sir Mark Wood, 2nd Baronet
1831 Cetus 4 Jem Robinson H Scott Sir Mark Wood, 2nd Baronet
1832 Camarine 4 Jem Robinson H Scott Sir Mark Wood, 2nd Baronet
1833 Galata 4 Bill Arnull Charles Marson 2nd Marquess of Exeter
1834 Glaucus 4 William Scott John Scott 6th Earl of Chesterfield
1835 Glencoe 4 Jem Robinson James Edwards 5th Earl of Jersey
1836 Touchstone 5 John Barham Day John Scott 1st Marquess of Westminster
1837 Touchstone 6 William Scott John Scott 1st Marquess of Westminster
1838 Grey Momus 3 William Day John Barham Day Lord George Bentinck
1839 Caravan 5 Jem Robinson Isaac Day Isaac Day
1840 St Francis 5 Sam Chifney, Jr. Robert Pettit Robert Pettit
1841 Lanercost 6 W Noble William I'Anson W Ramsay
1842 Beeswing 9 D Cartwright William Orde
1843 Ralph 5 Jem Robinson W Edwards 4th Earl of Albemarle
1844 The Emperor 3 G Whitehouse W Edwards 4th Earl of Albemarle
1845 The Emperor 4 G Whitehouse W Edwards 4th Earl of Albemarle
1846 Alarm 4 Nat Flatman Montgomery Dilly Charles Greville
1847 The Hero 4 Alfred Day John Barham Day John Barham Day
1848 The Hero 5 Alfred Day John Barham Day John Barham Day
1849 Van Tromp 5 Charles Marlow John Fobert 13th Earl of Eglinton
1850 The Flying Dutchman 4 Charles Marlow John Fobert 13th Earl of Eglinton
1851 Woolwich 5 Job Marson John Scott A Campbell
1852 Joe Miller 3 G Mann William Day Mr Farrance
1853 Teddington 5 Job Marson Alec Taylor, Sr. John Massey Stanley
1854 West Australian 4 Alfred Day John Scott 1st Baron Londesborough
1855 Fandango 3 T Ashmall George Abdale 2nd Earl of Zetland
1856 Winkfield 5 J Bartholomew S Death S Walker
1857 Skirmisher 3 J Charlton George Abdale 2nd Earl of Zetland
1858 Fisherman 5 John Wells T Parr J B Starkey
1859 Fisherman 6 W Cresswell T Parr F Higgins
1860 Rupee 3 H Grimshaw Jos Dawson 7th Earl of Stamford
1861 Thormanby 4 Harry Custance Mathew Dawson James Merry
1862 Asteroid 4 John Wells G Manning Sir Joseph Hawley
1863 Buckstone 4 A Edwards Mathew Dawson James Merry
1864 Scottish Chief 3 H Covey Mathew Dawson James Merry
1865 Ely 4 Harry Custance Tom Olliver W S Cartwright
1866 Gladiateur 4 H Grimshaw Tom Jennings Frédéric de Lagrange
1867 Lecturer 4 George Fordham John Day 4th Marquess of Hastings
1868 Blue Gown 3 Tom Cannon John Porter Sir Joseph Hawley
1869 Brigantine 3 F Butler William Day Sir Frederick Johnstone
1870 Sabinus 3 R Rowell J G Hessey
1871 Mortemer 6 George Fordham Tom Jennings C. J. Lefevre
1872 Henry 4 George Fordham Tom Jennings C. J. Lefevre
1873 Cremorne 4 Charles Maidment William Gilbert Henry Savile
1874 Boiard 4 Carver Henri Delamarre
1875 Doncaster 5 George Fordham Robert Peck James Merry
1876 Apology 5 John Osborne, Jr. John Osborne Mr Seabrook
1877 Petrarch 4 Tom Cannon Joseph Cannon 4th Earl of Lonsdale
1878 Verneuil 4 J Goater Tom Jennings Frederic de Lagrange
1879 Isonomy 4 Tom Cannon John Porter Frederick Gretton
1880 Isonomy 5 Tom Cannon, Sr. John Porter Frederick Gretton
1881 Robert the Devil 4 Tom Cannon Charles Blanton Charles Brewer
1882 Foxhall 4 Tom Cannon William Day James R. Keene
1883 Tristan 5 George Fordham Tom Jennings C. J. Lefevre
1884 St. Simon 3 Charles Wood Mathew Dawson 6th Duke of Portland
1885 St. Gatien 4 Charles Wood James Waugh Jack Hammond
1886 Althorp 4 Tom Cannon John Porter Maurice de Hirsch
1887 Bird of Freedom 5 W Warne J Ryan D Baird
1888 Timothy 4 Jack Robinson James Jewitt Harry McCalmont
1889 Trayles 4 Jack Robinson James Jewitt W de la Rue
1890 Gold 4 Frederic Webb Tom Jennings Prince Soltykoff
1891 Morion 4 John Watts Richard Marsh Lord Hartington
1892 Buccaneer 4 George Barrett S Pickering Lord Rosslyn
1893 Marcion 3 S Chandley W Matthews R C Vyner
1894 La Fleche 5 John Watts Richard Marsh Maurice de Hirsch
1895 Isinglass 5 Tommy Loates James Jewitt Harry McCalmont
1896 Love Wisely 3 Sam Loates Alec Taylor, Jr. W Bass
1897 Persimmon 4 John Watts Richard Marsh Prince of Wales
1898 Elf 5 E Watkins Richard Count Jacques de Bremond
1899 Cyllene 4 Sam Loates William Jarvis Sir Charles Rose
1900 Merman 8 Tod Sloan Jack Robinson Lady de Bathe
1901 Santoi 4 Fred Rickaby Wallace Davis George Edwards
1902 William the Third 4 Morny Cannon John Porter 6th Duke of Portland
1903 Maximum 4 A McIntyre Richard Count Jacques de Bremond
1904 Throwaway 5 Willie Lane Herbert Braime Fred Alexander
1905 Zinfandel 5 Morny Cannon Charles Beatty 8th Baron Howard de Walden
1906 Bachelor's Button 7 Danny Maher Charles Peck Solomon Joel
1907 The White Knight 4 William Halsey Harry Sadler Tom Kirkwood
1908 The White Knight 5 William Halsey Harry Sadler Tom Kirkwood
1909 Bomba 3 Freddie Fox Fred Pratt Jimmy de Rothschild
1910 Bayardo 4 Danny Maher Alec Taylor, Jr. Alfred W. Cox
1911 Willonyx 4 William Higgs Sam Darling Charles Howard
1912 Prince Palatine 4 Frank O'Neill Henry Beardsley Thomas Pilkington
1913 Prince Palatine 5 W Saxby Henry Beardsley Thomas Pilkington
1914 Aleppo 5 Freddie Fox Alec Taylor, Jr. Alfred W. Cox
1915 Apothecary 3 E Lancaster Fred Pratt
1917 Gay Crusader 3 Steve Donoghue Alec Taylor, Jr. Alfred W. Cox
1918 Gainsborough 3 Joe Childs Alec Taylor, Jr. Lady James Douglas
1919 By Jingo! 5 George Hulme James Rhodes W T de Pledge
1920 Tangiers 4 George Hulme Richard Dawson Sir William Nelson
1921 Periosteum 4 Frank Bullock Basil Jarvis Ben Irish
1922 Golden Myth 4 Charlie Elliott Jack Jarvis Sir George Bullough
1923 Happy Man 7 Victor Smyth Thomas Hogg F Hardy
1924 Massine 4 Fred Sharpe Elijah Cunnington Henri Ternynck
1925 Santorb 4 Steve Donoghue James Rhodes A Barclay-Walker
1926 Solario 4 Joe Childs Reg Day Sir John Rutherford
1927 Foxlaw 5 Brownie Carslake Reg Day Sir Abe Bailey
1928 Invershin 6 Brownie Carslake George Digby John Reid Walker
1929 Invershin 7 Richard Perryman George Digby John Reid Walker
1930 Bosworth 4 Tommy Weston Frank Butters 17th Earl of Derby
1931 Trimdon 5 Joe Childs Joseph Lawson Charles Lambton
1932 Trimdon 6 Joe Childs Joseph Lawson Charles Lambton
1933 Foxhunter 4 Harry Wragg Jack Jarvis Edward Esmond
1934 Felicitation 4 Gordon Richards Frank Butters Aga Khan III
1935 Tiberius 4 Tommy Weston Joseph Lawson Sir Abe Bailey
1936 Quashed 4 Richard Perryman Colledge Leader Lord Stanley
1937 Precipitation 4 Patrick Beasley Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Lady Zia Wernher
1938 Flares 5 Bobby Jones Cecil Boyd-Rochfort William Woodward, Sr.
1939 Flyon 4 Eph Smith Jack Jarvis 1st Baron Milford
1941 Finis 6 Harry Wragg Ossie Bell Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen
1942 Owen Tudor 4 Gordon Richards Fred Darling Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan
1943 Ujiji 4 Gordon Richards Joseph Lawson Alfred Allnatt
1944 Umiddad 4 Gordon Richards Frank Butters Aga Khan III
1945 Ocean Swell 4 Eph Smith Jack Jarvis 6th Earl of Rosebery
1946 Caracalla 4 Charlie Elliott Charles Semblat Marcel Boussac
1947 Souverain 4 Marcel Lollierou Henri Delavaud F. R. Schmitt
1948 Arbar 4 Charlie Elliott Charles Semblat Marcel Boussac
1949 Alycidon 4 Doug Smith Walter Earl 18th Earl of Derby
1950 Supertello 4 Doug Smith John Waugh Wilfred Harvey 4:25.00
1951 Pan 4 Roger Poincelet Etienne Pollet Eugène Constant 4:22.40
1952 Aquino 4 Gordon Richards Sam Armstrong Maharanee of Baroda 4:29.60
1953 Souepi 5 Charlie Elliott George Digby George Digby 4:35.20
1954 Elpenor 4 Jacques Doyasbère Charlie Elliott Marcel Boussac 4:32.80
1955 Botticelli 4 Enrico Camici Enrico della Rocchetta Mario della Rocchetta 4:29.02
1956 Macip 4 Serge Boullenger Charlie Elliott Marcel Boussac 4:48.80
1957 Zarathustra 6 Lester Piggott Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Terence Gray 4:23.93
1958 Gladness 5 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien John McShain 4:30.18
1959 Wallaby 4 Freddie Palmer Percy Carter Geoffroy de Waldner 4:34.02
1960 Sheshoon 4 George Moore Alec Head Prince Aly Khan 4:28.42
1961 Pandofell 4 Lester Piggott Freddie Maxwell H. Warwick Daw 4:30.32
1962 Balto 4 Freddie Palmer Max Bonaventure André Rueff 4:48.04
1963 Twilight Alley 4 Lester Piggott Noel Murless Lady Sassoon 4:52.95
1964 no race 1964, course waterlogged [a]
1965 Fighting Charlie 4 Lester Piggott Freddie Maxwell Lady Mairi Bury 4:34.47
1966 Fighting Charlie 5 Greville Starkey Freddie Maxwell Lady Mairi Bury 4:34.56
1967 Parbury 4 Joe Mercer Derek Candy Herbert Holt 4:36.05
1968 Pardallo 5 Bill Pyers Mick Bartholomew Suzy Volterra 4:35.84
1969 Levmoss 4 Bill Williamson Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath 4:25.60
1970 Precipice Wood 4 Jimmy Lindley Rosemary Lomax Bobby McAlpine 4:27.35
1971 Random Shot [b] 4 Geoff Lewis Arthur Budgett Mrs G. Benskin 4:41.39
1972 Erimo Hawk [c] 4 Pat Eddery Geoffrey Barling Y. Yamamoto 4:28.69
1973 Lassalle 4 Jimmy Lindley Richard Carver, Jr. Zenya Yoshida 4:33.46
1974 Ragstone 4 Ron Hutchinson John Dunlop 16th Duke of Norfolk 4:35.01
1975 Sagaro 4 Lester Piggott François Boutin Gerry Oldham 4:48.60
1976 Sagaro 5 Lester Piggott François Boutin Gerry Oldham 4:26.15
1977 Sagaro 6 Lester Piggott François Boutin Gerry Oldham 4:28.25
1978 Shangamuzo 5 Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Mrs E. Charles 4:27.30
1979 Le Moss 4 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 4:25.22
1980 Le Moss 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 4:28.40
1981 Ardross 5 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Charles St George 4:51.23
1982 Ardross 6 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Charles St George 4:35.24
1983 Little Wolf 5 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lord Porchester 4:24.36
1984 Gildoran 4 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Robert Sangster 4:18.81
1985 Gildoran 5 Brent Thomson Barry Hills Robert Sangster 4:25.19
1986 Longboat 5 Willie Carson Dick Hern Dick Hollingsworth 4:22.11
1987 Paean 4 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 4:33.26
1988 Sadeem [d] 5 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Sheikh Mohammed 4:15.67
1989 Sadeem 6 Willie Carson Guy Harwood Sheikh Mohammed 4:22.68
1990 Ashal 4 Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones Hamdan Al Maktoum 4:28.58
1991 Indian Queen 6 Walter Swinburn Lord Huntingdon Sir Gordon Brunton 4:23.90
1992 Drum Taps 6 Frankie Dettori Lord Huntingdon Yoshio Asakawa 4:18.29
1993 Drum Taps 7 Frankie Dettori Lord Huntingdon Yoshio Asakawa 4:32.57
1994 Arcadian Heights 6 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg John Pearce 4:27.67
1995 Double Trigger 4 Jason Weaver Mark Johnston Ron Huggins 4:20.25
1996 Classic Cliche 4 Michael Kinane Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:23.20
1997 Celeric 5 Pat Eddery David Morley Christopher Spence 4:26.19
1998 Kayf Tara 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:32.36
1999 Enzeli 4 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 4:18.85
2000 Kayf Tara 6 Michael Kinane Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:24.53
2001 Royal Rebel 5 Johnny Murtagh Mark Johnston Peter Savill 4:18.92
2002 Royal Rebel 6 Johnny Murtagh Mark Johnston Peter Savill 4:25.64
2003 Mr Dinos 4 Kieren Fallon Paul Cole Constantine Shiacolas 4:20.15
2004 Papineau 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:20.90
2005 Westerner [e] 6 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 4:19.49
2006 Yeats 5 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:20.45
2007 Yeats 6 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:20.78
2008 Yeats 7 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:21.14
2009 Yeats 8 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:20.73
2010 Rite of Passage 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Dr Ronan Lambe 4:16.92
2011 Fame and Glory 5 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier et al 4:37.51
2012 Colour Vision 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:42.05
2013 Estimate 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Queen Elizabeth II 4:20.51
2014 Leading Light 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 4:21.09

a The race was abandoned in 1964 because of waterlogging
b c Rock Roi finished first in 1971 and 1972, but he was disqualified both times
d Royal Gait was first in 1988, but he was relegated to last place following a stewards' inquiry
e The 2005 running took place at York

* The race was run at Newmarket during the wartime periods of 1917–18 and 1941–44.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schlink, Leo (21 June 2013). "The Queen becomes first ruling monarch in 207 years to win Gold Cup as Estimate scores". Herald Sun (London). Retrieved 22 June 2013.