1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup
The 1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday March 17, 1988. It was the 61st running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by Charter Party. The winner was ridden by Richard Dunwoody and trained by David Nicholson. The pre-race favourite Playschool pulled-up before fence 20.
The event was marred by the death of the former winner Forgive 'n Forget, who broke a leg during the race and was euthanised.
- Sponsor: Tote
- Winner's prize money: £61,960.00
- Going: Soft
- Number of runners: 15
- Winner's time: 6m 58.9s
|1||Charter Party||10||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson||10/1|
|2||6||Cavvies Clown||8||Simon Sherwood||David Elsworth||6/1|
|3||10||Beau Ranger||10||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe||33/1|
|4||3||Nupsala||9||André Pommier||François Doumen (FR)||8/1|
|5||3||Yahoo||7||Tom Morgan||John Edwards||12/1|
|6||nk||West Tip||11||Micky Hammond||Michael Oliver||80/1|
|7||Kildimo||8||Graham Bradley||Toby Balding||6/1|
|8||Golden Friend||10||Dermot Browne||Mercy Rimell||40/1|
|9||Run and Skip||10||Peter Hobbs||John Spearing||50/1|
|PU||Fence 20||Playschool||10||Paul Nicholls||David Barons||100/30 fav|
|PU||Fence 19||Forgive 'n Forget||11||Mark Dwyer||Jimmy FitzGerald||8/1|
|Fell||Fence 19||Rhyme 'n' Reason||9||Brendan Powell||David Elsworth||11/1|
|PU||Fence 17||Cybrandian||10||Chris Grant||Peter Easterby||40/1|
|PU||Fence 17||Foyle Fisherman||9||Richard Rowe||Josh Gifford||50/1|
|Fell||Fence 15||Stearsby||9||Graham McCourt||Rod Simpson||100/1|
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. nk = neck; PU = pulled-up.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Further details of the winner, Charter Party:
- Foaled: 1978 in Ireland
- Sire: Document; Dam: Ahoy There (Little Buskins)
- Owner: Claire Smith and Jenny Mould
- Breeder: A. W. Riddell Martin
- news.google.co.uk/newspapers – Glasgow Herald – March 16, 1988.