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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.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Tote
  • Winner's prize money: £61,960.00
  • Going: Soft
  • Number of runners: 15
  • Winner's time: 6m 58.9s

Full result







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.

Winner's details

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



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