The Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the entire Cheltenham Festival. It awards the 2nd highest prize money of any horse race in Great Britain, after the Grand National. However, do you know all these Cheltenham Gold Cup facts?
- Currently, this famous National Hunt steeplechase takes place on Cheltenham’s New Course. 22 fences are jumped, over a 3 miles 2.5 furlong course. Horses 5 years and over can take part in this race. This blue riband race of the National Hunt racing calendar takes place on the final day of the festival.
- Golden Miller holds the record for the horse with the most Cheltenham Gold Cup wins with 5 victories in a row – the horse won in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1936. Infact, Golden Miller is the only horse to have won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year – achieved in 1934.
- Only three other horses have won at least three times (they all happen to have won in consecutive years too):
- Cottage Rake won in 1948, 1949, and 1950
- Arkle won in 1964, 1965, and 1966. Infact Arkle’s jockey for all three wins, Pat Taaffe, also won on another horse (Fort Leney) in 1968 – his 4 wins make him the most successful winning jockey at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- Best Mate won in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
- One of the most famous winning horses of recent times is Kauto Star – by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in both 2007 and 2009, the horse became the first to regain the trophy. In the intervening year (2008) Kauto Star finished 2nd to stablemate Denman. Denman finished 2nd to Kauto Star in 2009.
Hopefully you learned a thing or two about this famous race, with our Cheltenham Gold Cup facts! Why not place a bet with our recommended bookie, Sun Bets?