Hennessy Gold Cup

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For the horse race in Ireland, see Hennessy Gold Cup (Ireland).
Hennessy Gold Cup
Grade 3 race
Location Newbury Racecourse
Newbury, England
Inaugurated 1957
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Hennessy
Website Newbury
Race information
Distance 3m 2½f (5,331 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £175,000 (2013)
1st: £99,662.50

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.

The Hennessy Gold Cup has been won by eight horses which have also achieved victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The most recent of these is Bobs Worth, the winner of the latter race in 2013.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Mandarin – 1957, 1961
  • Arkle1964, 1965
  • Denman2007, 2009

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Willie RobinsonMandarin (1961), Mill House (1963), Man of the West (1968)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Fulke WalwynMandarin (1957, 1961), Taxidermist (1958), Mill House (1963), Man of the West (1968), Charlie Potheen (1972), Diamond Edge (1981)

Winners[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1957 Mandarin 6 11-00 Gerry Madden Fulke Walwyn
1958 Taxidermist 6 11-01 Mr John Lawrence Fulke Walwyn
1959 Kerstin 9 11-10 Stan Hayhurst Verly Bewicke
1960 Knucklecracker 7 11-01 Derek Ancil Derek Ancil
1961 Mandarin 10 11-05 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1962 Springbok 8 10-08 Gerry Scott Neville Crump
1963 Mill House 6 12-00 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1964 Arkle 7 12-07 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1965 Arkle 8 12-07 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1966 Stalbridge Colonist 7 10-00 Stan Mellor Ken Cundell
1967 Rondetto 11 10-01 Jeff King Bob Turnell
1968 Man of the West 7 10-00 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1969 Spanish Steps 6 11-08 John Cook Edward Courage
1970 Border Mask 8 11-01 David Mould Peter Cazalet
1971 Bighorn 7 10-11 David Cartwright Charlie Vernon Miller
1972 Charlie Potheen 7 11-04 Richard Pitman Fulke Walwyn
1973 Red Candle 9 10-04 Jimmy Fox Ricky Vallance
1974 Royal Marshall II 7 10-00 Graham Thorner Tim Forster
1975 April Seventh 9 11-02 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1976 Zeta's Son 7 10-09 Ian Watkinson Peter Bailey
1977 Bachelor's Hall 7 10-10 Martin O'Halloran Peter Cundell
1978 Approaching 7 10-06 Bob Champion Josh Gifford
1979 Fighting Fit 7 11-07 Richard Linley Ken Oliver
1980 Bright Highway 6 11-06 Gerry Newman Michael O'Brien
1981 Diamond Edge 10 11-10 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1982 Bregawn 8 11-10 Graham Bradley Michael Dickinson
1983 Brown Chamberlin 8 11-08 John Francome Fred Winter
1984 Burrough Hill Lad 8 12-00 John Francome Jenny Pitman
1985 Galway Blaze 9 10-00 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1986 Broadheath 9 10-05 Paul Nicholls David Barons
1987 Playschool 9 10-08 Paul Nicholls David Barons
1988 Strands of Gold 9 10-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1989 Ghofar 6 10-02 Hywel Davies David Elsworth
1990 Arctic Call 7 11-00 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood
1991 Chatam 7 10-06 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1992 Sibton Abbey 7 10-00 Adrian Maguire Ferdy Murphy
1993 Cogent 9 10-01 Dan Fortt Andrew Turnell
1994 One Man 6 10-00 Tony Dobbin Gordon W. Richards
1995 Couldn't Be Better 8 10-08 Dean Gallagher Charlie Brooks
1996 Coome Hill 7 10-00 Jamie Osborne Walter Dennis
1997 Suny Bay 8 11-08 Graham Bradley Charlie Brooks
1998 Teeton Mill 9 10-05 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
1999 Ever Blessed 7 10-00 Timmy Murphy Mark Pitman
2000 King's Road 7 10-07 Jamie Goldstein Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 What's Up Boys 7 10-12 Paul Flynn Philip Hobbs
2002 Gingembre [1] 8 10-13 Andrew Thornton Lavinia Taylor
2003 Strong Flow 6 11-00 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Celestial Gold 6 10-05 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2005 Trabolgan 7 11-12 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2006 State of Play 6 11-04 Paul Moloney Evan Williams
2007 Denman 7 11-12 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
2008 Madison du Berlais 7 11-04 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2009 Denman 9 11-12 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Diamond Harry 7 10-00 Daryl Jacob Nick Williams
2011 Carruthers 8 10-04 Mattie Batchelor Mark Bradstock
2012 Bobs Worth 7 11-06 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Triolo D'Alene 6 11-01 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

1 Be My Royal finished first in 2002, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.

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