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1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday March 16, 1989. It was the 62nd running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Desert Orchid. The winner was ridden by Simon Sherwood and trained by David Elsworth.

The race was later voted the "Greatest Race of All Time" in a Racing Post poll, ahead of the 1973 Grand National and the 1975 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.[1]


Race details

  • Sponsor: Tote
  • Winner's prize money: £66,635.00
  • Going: Heavy
  • Number of runners: 13
  • Winner's time: 7m 17.6s

Full result







1 Desert Orchid 10 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth 5/2 fav
2 Yahoo 8 Tom Morgan John Edwards 25/1
3 8 Charter Party 11 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson 14/1
4 dist Bonanza Boy 8 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe 15/2
5 dist West Tip 12 Peter Hobbs Michael Oliver 66/1
Ref Fence 22 Cavvies Clown 9 Ross Arnott David Elsworth 8/1
PU Fence 22 Pegwell Bay 8 Carl Llewellyn Tim Forster 25/1
BD Fence 20 Ballyhane 8 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford 50/1
Fell Fence 20 Ten Plus 9 Kevin Mooney Fulke Walwyn 11/2
Fell Fence 17 Slalom 8 John White Michael Robinson 33/1
Fell Fence 10 The Thinker 11 Chris Grant Arthur Stephenson 15/2
Fell Fence 7 Carvill's Hill 7 Ken Morgan Jim Dreaper (IRE) 5/1
Fell Fence 6 Golden Freeze 7 Brendan Sheridan Jumbo Wilkinson 16/1

* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. Ref = refused; PU = pulled-up; BD = brought down.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Desert Orchid:

  • Foaled: April 11, 1979 in Great Britain
  • Sire: Grey Mirage; Dam: Flower Child (Brother)
  • Breeder: James Burridge


  1. Philip, Robert (March 18, 2005). "Dessie's enduring appeal". London: telegraph.co.uk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2356872/Philip-on-Friday-Dessies-enduring-appeal.html. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 


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