Paddy Power Gold Cup

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Paddy Power Gold Cup
Grade 3 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 1960
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Paddy Power
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 4½f (4,124 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £160,000 (2014)
1st: £91,120
Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase
2014
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Red, large black spots, black cap Light blue, green sleeves, quartered cap
Caid Du Berlais Johns Spirit Present View

The Paddy Power 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 on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs (4,124 metres), and during its running there are fifteen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in mid November.

The event was established in 1960, and it was originally sponsored by Mackeson. It was known as the Mackeson Gold Cup until 1995, but since then it has had various sponsors and several title changes. It was backed by Murphy's from 1996, and by Thomas Pink from 2000. Its present sponsor, Paddy Power, began supporting the race in 2003.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Fortria – 1960, 1962
  • Gay Trip1969, 1971
  • Half Free – 1984, 1985
  • Bradbury Star – 1993, 1994
  • Cyfor Malta – 1998, 2002

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Tony McCoyCyfor Malta (1998), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001), Exotic Dancer (2006)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Martin PipeBeau Ranger (1987), Challenger du Luc (1996), Cyfor Malta (1998, 2002), Lady Cricket (2000), Shooting Light (2001), Celestial Gold (2004), Our Vic (2005)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1960 Fortria 8 12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1961 Scottish Memories 7 10-12 C. Finnegan Arthur Thomas
1962 Fortria 10 12-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1963 Richard of Bordeaux 8 10-05 Bobby Beasley Fulke Walwyn
1964 Super Flash 9 10-05 Stan Mellor Frank Cundell
1965 Dunkirk 8 12-07 Bill Rees Peter Cazalet
1966 Pawnbroker 8 11-09 Paddy Broderick Arthur Stephenson
1967 Charlie Worcester 10 10-11 Josh Gifford Ryan Price
1968 Jupiter Boy 7 10-03 Eddie Harty Fred Rimell
1969 Gay Trip 9 11-05 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1970 Chatham 6 10-03 Ken White Fred Rimell
1971 Gay Trip 9 11-03 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1972 Red Candle 8 10-00 Jimmy Fox Ricky Vallance
1973 Skymas 8 10-05 Stan Murphy Brian Lusk
1974 Bruslee 8 10-07 Andrew Turnell Michael Scudamore
1975 Clear Cut 11 10-09 David Greaves Maurice Camacho
1976 Cancello [1] 7 11-01 Dennis Atkins Neville Crump
1977 Bachelor's Hall 7 10-06 Martin O'Halloran Peter Cundell
1978 Bawnogues 7 10-07 Craig Smith Martin Tate
1979 Man Alive 8 10-09 Ron Barry Gordon W. Richards
1980 Bright Highway 6 11-01 Gerry Newman Michael O'Brien
1981 Henry Kissinger 7 10-13 Paul Barton David Gandolfo
1982 Fifty Dollars More 7 11-00 Richard Linley Fred Winter
1983 Pounentes 6 10-06 Neale Doughty Billy McGhie
1984 Half Free 8 11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter
1985 Half Free 9 11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter
1986 Very Promising 8 11-13 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1987 Beau Ranger 9 10-02 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe
1988 Pegwell Bay 7 11-02 Peter Scudamore Tim Forster
1989 Joint Sovereignty 9 10-04 Graham McCourt Philip Hobbs
1990 Multum In Parvo 7 10-02 Norman Williamson John Edwards
1991 Another Coral 8 10-01 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1992 Tipping Tim 7 10-10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1993 Bradbury Star 8 11-08 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford
1994 Bradbury Star 9 11-11 Philip Hide Josh Gifford
1995 Dublin Flyer 9 11-08 Brendan Powell Tim Forster
1996 Challenger du Luc 6 10-02 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1997 Senor El Betrutti 8 10-00 Jamie Osborne Susan Nock
1998 Cyfor Malta 5 11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1999 The Outback Way 9 10-00 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2000 Lady Cricket 6 10-13 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2001 Shooting Light 8 11-03 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2002 Cyfor Malta 9 11-09 Barry Geraghty Martin Pipe
2003 Fondmort 7 10-13 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2004 Celestial Gold 6 10-02 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2005 Our Vic 7 11-07 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2006 Exotic Dancer 6 11-02 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2007 L'Antartique 7 10-13 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Imperial Commander 7 10-07 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2009 Tranquil Sea 7 10-13 Andrew J. McNamara Edward O'Grady
2010 Little Josh 8 10-05 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
2011 Great Endeavour 7 10-03 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2012 Al Ferof 7 11-08 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2013 Johns Spirit 6 10-02 Richie McLernon Jonjo O'Neill
2014 Caid Du Berlais 5 10-13 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls

1 The 1976 running took place at Haydock Park.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Race Recordings [2]