Ryanair Gold Cup

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Ryanair Gold Cup
Grade 1 race
Location Fairyhouse
Co. Meath, Ireland
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Ryanair
Website Fairyhouse
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 6 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse 100,000 (2017)
1st: €59,000
Powers Gold Cup
Maroon, white star and armlet, maroon cap, white star Beige and black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Maroon, white star and armlet, royal blue cap
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 CarberryThari (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[edit]

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
1960 Owen's Sedge 7 Christy Kinane Darrell Farmer
1961 Commutering Willie Robinson Dan Moore
1962 Coniston Joe Malone Charlie Weld
1963 Arkle 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1964 Fort Leney 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1965 Doone Valley 6 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1966 Vulpine 5 Matt Curran Paddy Mullins
1967 White Abbess 6 Sean Barker Tom Dreaper
1968 Bold Fencer 7 Stan Murphy Phonsie O'Brien
1969 Kinloch Brae 6 Timmy Hyde Willie O'Grady
1970 No Other 7 Bobby Coonan Lord Fingall
1971 Glending J. Donaghy Paddy Osborne
1972 Frou Frou 5 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1973 Vulforo Sean Barker Jim Dreaper
1974 Captain Christy 7 Bobby Beasley Pat Taaffe
1975 Golden Lancer Mouse Morris Edward O'Grady
1976 Troubled Times 7 L. O'Donnell Peter McCreery
1977 Bunker Hill 7 Mouse Morris Adrian Maxwell
1978 Ballyross Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper
1979 Persian Wanderer Gerry Dowd Jim Dreaper
1980 Paddy Bouler 7 John Harty Pat Rooney
1981 The Mighty Mac 6 Gerry Newman Tom Costello
1982 Sean Ogue 6 P. Walsh Michael O'Brien
1983 Step Together 7 Mr Enda Bolger J. P. Bourke
1984 Bobsline 8 Frank Berry Francis Flood
1985 Lucisis 6 Frank Berry Francis Flood
1986 Barrow Line 9 Frank Berry Pat Hughes
1987 Tickite Boo 7 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1988 Haepenny Well 7 Tommy Carmody Gillian O'Brien
1989 Carvill's Hill 7 Ken Morgan Jim Dreaper
1990 Blitzkreig 7 Tommy Carmody Edward O'Grady
1991 Garamycin 9 Brendan Sheridan Willie Deacon
1992 General Idea 7 Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld
1993 How's the Boss 7 Mark Dwyer John Brassil
1994 Merry Gale 6 Kevin O'Brien Jim Dreaper
1995 Strong Platinum 7 Conor O'Dwyer Paddy Burke
1996 Love the Lord 6 Tommy Treacy Daniel O'Connell
1997 Dorans Pride 8 Richard Dunwoody Michael Hourigan
1998 Delphi Lodge 8 Tommy Treacy Tom Taaffe
1999 Rince Ri 6 Ruby Walsh Ted Walsh
2000 Native Upmanship 7 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2001 Sackville 8 David Casey Frances Crowley
2002 Big-and-Bold 6 Ruby Walsh Ger Lyons
2003 Thari 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2004 Hi Cloy 7 Timmy Murphy Michael Hourigan
2005 Like-A-Butterfly 11 Tony McCoy Christy Roche
2006 Justified 7 Tony McCoy Dusty Sheehy
2007 One Cool Cookie 6 David Casey Charlie Swan
2008 Conna Castle 9 Paul Carberry Jimmy Mangan
2009 Aran Concerto 8 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2010 Jadanli 8 Andrew Lynch Paul John Gilligan
2011 Realt Dubh 7 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2012 Flemenstar 7 Andrew Lynch Peter Casey
2013 Realt Mor 8 Davy Condon Gordon Elliott
2014 Rebel Fitz 9 Barry Geraghty Michael Winters
2015 Gilgamboa 7 Tony McCoy Enda Bolger
2016 Kylemore Lough 7 Barry Geraghty Kerry Lee
2017 Road To Respect 6 Bryan Cooper Noel Meade

See also[edit]