Chester Cup

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Chester Cup
Handicap race
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, England
Inaugurated 1824
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Betway
Website Chester
Race information
Distance 2m 2f 147y (3,755 m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £120,000 (2016)
1st: £73,908
Chester Cup
2016
Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Grey, purple chevrons, purple and grey hooped cap Purple, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap
No Heretic Nakeeta Silver Concorde

The Chester Cup is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 147 yards (3,755 metres) at Chester in May.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1824, and it was originally called the Tradesmen's Cup.[1] It was initially a limited handicap with a minimum weight of 8 st 2 lb.

For a period the race was known as the Tradesmen's Plate.[2] During this time it was open to horses aged three or older.

The race was renamed the Chester Trades' Cup in 1874.[3] From this point it was often referred to as the Chester Cup,[4] and that became its usual title in 1884.[5]

The Chester Cup was formerly contested over 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 77 yards.[6] It was abandoned in 1969,[7] and extended by 20 yards in 1970.[8]

The distance of the race was changed to 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 117 yards in 1992. It was increased to its present length in 1994.

Online sportsbook Betway took over sponsorship of the race for the 2015 renewal with the option to continue backing it for several more years. [9]

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Leamington1857, 1859
  • Dalby – 1865, 1866
  • Pageant – 1877, 1878
  • Dare Devil – 1892, 1893
  • Chivalrous – 1922, 1923
  • Sea Pigeon1977, 1978
  • Top Cees – 1995, 1997
  • Rainbow High – 1999, 2001
  • Anak Pekan – 2004, 2005

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Sam Darling – Independence (1831), Colwick (1832), Pickpocket (1833), Cardinal Puff (1839)
  • Lester PiggottSandiacre (1958), Aegean Blue (1966), Major Rose (1968), John Cherry (1976)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Barry HillsArapahos (1980), Rainbow High (1999, 2001), Daraahem (2009)

Winners since 1975[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
1975 Super Nova 5 7-07 Ernie Johnson Charlie Hall 1005.5 11/2
1976 John Cherry 5 9-04 Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree 1005 5/1
1977 Sea Pigeon 7 8-08 Mark Birch Peter Easterby 1007 7/1
1978 Sea Pigeon 8 9-07 Mark Birch Peter Easterby 1010 10/1
1979 Charlotte's Choice 4 8-04 Willie Carson Bill Wightman 1010 10/1
1980 Arapahos 5 9-05 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills 1003.5 7/2
1981 Donegal Prince 5 8-04 Paddy Young Paul Kelleway 1012 12/1
1982 Dawn Johnny 5 8-08 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1014 14/1
1983 no race [a]
1984 Contester 4 8-02 Geoff Baxter Peter Cundell 1022 22/1
1985 Morgans Choice 8 7-11 Willie Carson John Hill 1006.5 13/2
1986 Western Dancer 5 9-00 Paul Cook Con Horgan 1014 14/1 4:10.49
1987 Just David 4 9-08 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 1010 10/1 3:57.26
1988 Old Hubert 7 7-08 Taffy Thomas Alan Bailey 1033 33/1 4:34.58
1989 Grey Salute 6 8-07 Pat Eddery John Jenkins 1007 7/1 3:57.99
1990 Travelling Light 4 9-01 Alan Munro Lynda Ramsden 1002.5 5/2 F 4:10.18
1991 Star Player 5 8-10 Frankie Dettori John Baker 1004.5 9/2 4:13.41
1992 Welshman 6 7-08 Jimmy Quinn Michael Blanshard 1011 11/1 3:57.96
1993 Rodeo Star 7 7-13 Nicky Carlisle Nigel Tinkler 1009 9/1 4:02.51
1994 Doyce 5 7-10 Gary Bardwell Robert Williams 1014 14/1 4:03.18
1995 Top Cees 5 8-08 Kieren Fallon Lynda Ramsden 1008 8/1 4:03.35
1996 Merit 4 7-10 Jimmy Quinn Paul Cole 1005.5 11/2 4:06.63
1997 Top Cees 7 8-11 Jimmy Fortune Lynda Ramsden 1005.5 11/2 4:23.18
1998 Silence in Court 7 9-00 Allan Mackay Alan Bailey 1006.5 13/2 4:06.63
1999 Rainbow High 4 9-00 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1004 4/1 F 4:00.64
2000 Bangalore 4 7-10 Gary Bardwell Amanda Perrett 1016 16/1 4:03.00
2001 Rainbow High 6 9-13 Richard Hughes Barry Hills 1004.5 9/2 4:01.23
2002 Fantasy Hill 6 8-09 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 1008 8/1 4:00.20
2003 Hugs Dancer 6 8-11 Dean McKeown James Given 1009 9/1 4:04.89
2004 Anak Pekan 4 8-02 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 1002 2/1 F 4:10.90
2005 Anak Pekan 5 9-06 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 1016 16/1 4:14.60
2006 Admiral 5 8-01 John Egan Tim Pitt 1028 28/1 4:03.34
2007 Greenwich Meantime 7 9-02 Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey 1014 14/1 3:58.89
2008 Bulwark 6 9-04 Jim Crowley Ian Williams 1033 33/1 4:06.57
2009 Daraahem 4 9-00 Richard Hills Barry Hills 1007 7/1 4:04.01
2010 Mamlook 6 8-12 Richard Hughes David Pipe 1007 7/1 F 4:03.74
2011 Overturn 7 8-13 Eddie Ahern Donald McCain 1005.5 11/2 3:59.39
2012 Ile de Re 6 8-11 Jim Crowley Donald McCain 1010 10/1 4:10.20
2013 Address Unknown 6 9-00 Jamie Spencer Richard Fahey 1012 12/1 4:05.31
2014 Suegioo 5 9-04 Ryan Moore Marco Botti 1010 10/1 4:07.85
2015 Trip To Paris 4 8-09 Graham Lee Ed Dunlop 1010 10/1 4:12.87
2016 No Heretic 8 8-13 Jamie Spencer Nicky Henderson 1011 11/1 4:10.48

a The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1824: Doge of Venice
  • 1825: Hymettus
  • 1826: Brutandorf
  • 1827: Grenadier
  • 1828: Fylde
  • 1829: Halston
  • 1830: Felt
  • 1831: Independence
  • 1832: Colwick
  • 1833: Pickpocket
  • 1834: The Cardinal
  • 1835: Birdlime
  • 1836: Tanworth
  • 1837: General Chasse
  • 1838: King Cole
  • 1839: Cardinal Puff
  • 1840: Dey of Algiers
  • 1841: Cruiskeen
  • 1842: Alice Hawthorn
  • 1843: Millepede
  • 1844: Red Deer
  • 1845: Intrepid
  • 1846: Corranna
  • 1847: St Lawrence
  • 1848: Peep-o-Day-Boy
  • 1849: Malton
  • 1850: Mounseer
  • 1851: Nancy
  • 1852: Joe Miller
  • 1853: Goldfinder
  • 1854: Epaminondas
  • 1855: Scythian
  • 1856: One Act
  • 1857: Leamington
  • 1858: Vanity
  • 1859: Leamington
  • 1860: St Albans
  • 1861: Ben Webster
  • 1862: Tim Whiffler
  • 1863: Asteroid
  • 1864: Flash in the Pan
  • 1865: Dalby
  • 1866: Dalby
  • 1867: Beeswing
  • 1868: Paul Jones
  • 1869: Knight of the Garter
  • 1870: Our Mary Ann
  • 1871: Glenlivat
  • 1872: Inveresk
  • 1873: Field Marshal
  • 1874: Organist
  • 1875: Freeman
  • 1876: Tam o'Shanter
  • 1877: Pageant
  • 1878: Pageant
  • 1879: Reefer
  • 1880: Fashion
  • 1881: Windsor
  • 1882: Prudhomme
  • 1883: Biserta
  • 1884: Havock
  • 1885: Merry Prince
  • 1886: Eastern Emperor
  • 1887: Carlton
  • 1888: Kinsky
  • 1889: Mill Stream
  • 1890: Tyrant
  • 1891: Vasistas
  • 1892: Dare Devil
  • 1893: Dare Devil
  • 1894: Quaesitum
  • 1895: Kilsallaghan
  • 1896: The Rush
  • 1897: Count Schomberg
  • 1898: Up Guards
  • 1899: Uncle Mac
  • 1900: Roughside
  • 1901: David Garrick
  • 1902: Carabine
  • 1903: Vendale
  • 1904: Sandboy
  • 1905: Imari
  • 1906: Feather Bed
  • 1907: Querido
  • 1908: Glacis
  • 1909: Santo Strato
  • 1910: Elizabetta
  • 1911: Willonyx
  • 1912: Rathlea
  • 1913: The Guller
  • 1914: Aleppo
  • 1915: Hare Hill
  • 1916–18: no race
  • 1919: Tom Pepper
  • 1920: Our Stephen
  • 1921: no race
  • 1922: Chivalrous
  • 1923: Chivalrous
  • 1924: Rugeley
  • 1925: Spithead
  • 1926: Hidennis
  • 1927: Dark Japan
  • 1928: St Mary's Kirk
  • 1929: First Flight
  • 1930: Mountain Lad
  • 1931: Brown Jack
  • 1932: Bonny Brighteyes
  • 1933: Dick Turpin
  • 1934: Blue Vision
  • 1935: Damascus
  • 1936: Cho-sen
  • 1937: Faites vos Jeux
  • 1938: Mr Grundy
  • 1939: Winnebar
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Retsel
  • 1947: Asmodee II
  • 1948: Billet
  • 1949: John Moore
  • 1950: Heron Bridge
  • 1951: Wood Leopard
  • 1952: Le Tellier
  • 1953: Eastern Emperor
  • 1954: Peperium
  • 1955: Prescription
  • 1956: Golovine
  • 1957: Curry
  • 1958: Sandiacre
  • 1959: Agreement
  • 1960: Trelawny
  • 1961: Hoy
  • 1962: Golden Fire
  • 1963: Narratus
  • 1964: Credo
  • 1965: Harvest Gold
  • 1966: Aegean Blue
  • 1967: Mahbub Aly
  • 1968: Major Rose
  • 1969: no race
  • 1970: Altogether
  • 1971: Random Shot
  • 1972: Eric
  • 1973: Crisalgo
  • 1974: Attivo

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weatherby, Edward; Weatherby, James (1825). Racing Calendar for 1824. London: C. H. Reynell. pp. 25–26. 
  2. ^ "1873 Tradesmen's Plate". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1873. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1874 Chester Trades' Cup". Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1874. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "The victory of Organist". Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1874. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "1884 Chester Cup". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1884. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "1968 Chester Cup". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1968. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Chester programmes abandoned". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1969. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "1970 Chester Cup". Glasgow Herald. 6 May 1970. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/betway-branch-out-to-flat-with-backing-of-four-big-races/1813038/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews