Hennessy Gold Cup
|Grade 3 race|
|Hennessy Gold Cup|
|Distance||3m 2½f (5,331 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
The Hennessy Gold Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Newbury over a distance of about 3 miles and 2½ furlongs (5,331 metres), and during its running there are twenty-one fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late November or early December.
The event was established in 1957, and it was initially staged at Cheltenham. The winner of the inaugural running, Mandarin, was owned by Peggy Hennessy, a member of the family which founded Hennessy, the race's sponsoring company. It was transferred to Newbury in 1960, and it was won by Mandarin for a second time in 1961. The race's second running was won by Taxidermist, ridden by the amateur rider John Lawrence, later Lord Oaksey, who was the breeder and part-owner of the 2011 winner, Carruthers.
The race's association with Hennessy has continued throughout its history, and this now represents British racing's longest commercial sponsorship. The record was previously held by the Whitbread Gold Cup, which was first run seven months before the "Hennessy", and which was sponsored by Whitbread until 2001.
Most successful horse (2 wins):
Leading jockey (3 wins):
- Willie Robinson – Mandarin (1961), Mill House (1963), Man of the West (1968)
Leading trainer (7 wins):
- Fulke Walwyn – Mandarin (1957, 1961), Taxidermist (1958), Mill House (1963), Man of the West (1968), Charlie Potheen (1972), Diamond Edge (1981)
- Racing Post:
- pedigreequery.com – Hennessy Gold Cup – Newbury.
- sportingchronicle.com – Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.
- Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 42. ISBN 1-871093-21-X.
- The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 225. ISBN 1-873626-15-0.