Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup

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Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup
Grade 3 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race type Chase
Sponsor Brown Advisory
Merriebelle Stable
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 5f (4,225 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £100,000 (2016)[1]
1st: £51,255
Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup
2016
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Emerald green and royal blue (quartered), white and emerald green striped sleeves Maroon, grey spots on sleeves, grey cap, maroon spots
Empire Of Dirt Tango De Juilley Kings Palace

The Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

History[edit]

The race was established in memory of the 2nd Baron Mildmay of Flete (1909–1950), an amateur National Hunt jockey who rode three winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The inaugural race took place in April 1951, because the planned running, in March, had to be abandoned, due to a waterlogged course.

The Racing Post sponsored the race from 2006 to 2008, and during this period it was titled the Racing Post Plate. The 2009 running was named the Freddie Williams Festival Plate, in tribute to Freddie Williams (1942–2008), a popular Scottish bookmaker who owned a pitch at Cheltenham.[2] The construction company Byrne Group supported the event from 2010 to 2014[3] and from 2015 it has been sponsored by Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable.[4]

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • The Tsarevich – 1985, 1986
  • Elfast – 1992, 1994

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Fred WinterSlender (1951, dead-heat), Sy Oui (1953), Caesar's Helm (1958)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Bobby Renton – Tudor Line (1954), Caesar's Helm (1958), Siracusa (1959), Merry Court (1968)
  • Nicky HendersonThe Tsarevich (1985, 1986), Liberthine (2005), Non So (2006)
  • Martin PipeTerao (1997), Majadou (1999), Dark Stranger (2000), Blowing Wind (2002)

Winners[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr", "Miss" etc.
Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1951 Canford (DH) 9 12-02 Glen Kelly Ivor Anthony
1951 Slender (DH) 9 10-11 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1952 Portarlington 7 10-08 Ken Mullins Willie Stephenson
1953 Sy Oui 8 10-03 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1954 Tudor Line 9 10-12 George Slack Bobby Renton
1955 Mont Tremblant 9 12-07 Dave Dick Fulke Walwyn
1956 Pondapatarri 7 11-00 René Emery George Beeby
1957 Madras 7 10-02 Johnny Bullock Michael Marsh
1958 Caesar's Helm 7 11-06 Fred Winter Bobby Renton
1959 Siracusa 6 10-12 Jumbo Wilkinson Bobby Renton
1960 Devon Customer 8 10-04 Joe Guest Syd Bowler
1961 Malting Barley 6 10-04 Owen McNally Toby Balding
1962 Spring Greeting 7 10-06 Johnny Lehane Verly Bewicke
1963 Milo 8 10-04 Josh Gifford Herbert Blagrave
1964 Take Plenty 8 10-01 Ron Vibert Tim Forster
1965 Snaigow 6 10-03 Johnny Lehane Verly Bewicke
1966 Tibidabo 6 10-04 Jeff King Arthur Freeman
1967 French March 7 09-09 Mr Ben Hanbury Tom Hanbury
1968 Merry Court 7 10-03 Josh Gifford Bobby Renton
1969 Specify 7 11-02 Bob Davies Denis Rayson
1970 Verona Forest 7 11-00 Gerry Scott Neville Crump
1971 Hound Tor 7 10-02 Macer Gifford Guy Harwood
1972 Mocharabuice 9 10-07 Graham Thorner Tim Forster
1973 Vulgan Town 7 10-00 Johnny Haine Toby Balding
1974 Garnishee 10 10-10 David Mould Harry Thomson Jones
1975 Summerville 9 10-13 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1976 Broncho II 7 11-01 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson
1977 Uncle Bing 8 12-05 John Francome Richard Head
1978 King or Country 7 10-09 Paul Leach David Barons
1979 Brawny Scot 9 10-00 Ridley Lamb George Fairbairn
1980 Snowshill Sailor 8 10-04 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1981 Political Pop 7 10-00 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson
1982 Doubleuagain 8 10-00 Frank Berry Andy Geraghty
1983 Mr Peapock 7 09-07 Leslie Bloomfield Trevor Hallett
1984 Half Free 8 11-06 Richard Linley Fred Winter
1985 The Tsarevich 9 11-07 John White Nicky Henderson
1986 The Tsarevich 10 11-05 John White Nicky Henderson
1987 Gee-A 8 09-10 Miss Gee Armytage Geoff Hubbard
1988 Smart Tar 7 10-02 Carl Llewellyn Mark Wilkinson
1989 Paddyboro 11 10-07 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1990 New Halen 9 09-07 Eamon Tierney Paul James
1991 Foyle Fisherman 12 11-00 Eamon Murphy Josh Gifford
1992 Elfast 9 11-00 Martin Lynch John Webber
1993 Sacre d'Or 8 11-00 Graham McCourt Nigel Tinkler
1994 Elfast 11 11-04 Graham McCourt John Webber
1995 Kadi 6 10-04 Norman Williamson David Nicholson
1996 Old Bridge 8 09-07 Gary Crone Andrew Turnell
1997 Terao 11 10-07 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
1998 Super Coin 10 10-00 Norman Williamson Richard Lee
1999 Majadou 5 11-00 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2000 Dark Stranger 9 10-03 Richard Johnson Martin Pipe
2001 no race 2001 [1]
2002 Blowing Wind 9 10-09 Ruby Walsh Martin Pipe
2003 Young Spartacus 10 10-09 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2004 Tikram 7 10-00 Timmy Murphy Gary L. Moore
2005 Liberthine 6 10-01 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2006 Non So 8 11-03 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2007 Idole First 8 10-07 Alan O'Keeffe Venetia Williams
2008 Mister McGoldrick 11 11-07 Dominic Elsworth Sue Smith
2009 Something Wells 8 10-07 Mr Will Biddick Venetia Williams
2010 Great Endeavour 6 10-01 Danny Cook David Pipe
2011 Holmwood Legend 10 10-09 Keiran Burke Patrick Rodford
2012 Salut Flo 7 10-10 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2013 Carrickboy 9 10-05 Liam Treadwell Venetia Williams
2014 Ballynagour 8 10-09 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2015 Darna 9 10-11 David Bass Kim Bailey
2016 Empire of Dirt 9 10-11 Colm Murphy Bryan Cooper

1 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheltenham prize-money boosted to over £4m". Racing Post. 7 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Horse race named after bookmaker". bbc.co.uk. February 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Byrne Group announced as sponsor" (PDF). cheltenham.co.uk. February 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable new Festival sponsors". Gloucestershire Echo. Retrieved 14 March 2015.