Ryanair Gold Cup
|Grade 1 race|
Co. Meath, Ireland
|Distance||2m 4f (4,023 metres)|
|Qualification||Five-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 6 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
|Road To Respect||Yorkhill||Ball D'arc|
The Ryanair Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Fairyhouse over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are sixteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year on Easter Sunday.
The event was formerly sponsored by Irish Distillers, the producers of Powers Whiskey but since 2015 it has sponsored by Irish airline Ryanair. It is run during the Fairyhouse Easter Festival, a four-day meeting which also features the Irish Grand National. Prior to 1994 it was contested over 2 miles and 2 furlongs.
Leading jockey since 1960 (4 wins):
- Paul Carberry – Thari (2003), Conna Castle (2008), Aran Concerto (2009), Realt Dubh (2011)
Leading trainer since 1960 (5 wins):
- Jim Dreaper – Vulforo (1973), Ballyross (1978), Persian Wanderer (1979), Carvill's Hill (1989), Merry Gale (1994)
Winners since 1960
- Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
- Racing Post:
- pedigreequery.com – Powers Gold Cup – Fairyhouse.