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1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday March 15, 1990. It was the 63rd running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by Norton's Coin. The winner was ridden by Graham McCourt and trained by Sirrel Griffiths. The pre-race favourite Desert Orchid finished third.

With a starting price of 100/1, Norton's Coin became the longest-odds winner in the race's history. He was the second winner to be trained in Wales – the first was Patron Saint in 1928.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Tote
  • Winner's prize money: £67,003.40
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Number of runners: 12
  • Winner's time: 6m 30.9s (new record)

Full result







1 Norton's Coin 9 Graham McCourt Sirrel Griffiths 100/1
2 ¾ Toby Tobias 8 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman 8/1
3 4 Desert Orchid 11 Richard Dunwoody David Elsworth 10/11 fav
4 7 Cavvies Clown 10 Graham Bradley David Elsworth 10/1
5 12 Pegwell Bay 9 Brendan Powell Tim Forster 20/1
6 1 Maid of Money (mare) 8 Anthony Powell John Fowler (IRE) 25/1
7 15 Yahoo 9 Tom Morgan John Edwards 40/1
8 Bonanza Boy 9 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe 15/2
Fell Fence 21 Ten of Spades 10 Kevin Mooney Fulke Walwyn 20/1
PU Fence 17 The Bakewell Boy 8 Steve Smith Eccles Richard Frost 200/1
Fell Fence 15 Kildimo 10 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding 50/1
PU Fence 12 Nick the Brief 8 Martin Lynch John Upson 10/1

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Norton's Coin:

  • Foaled: 1981 in Great Britain
  • Sire: Mount Cassino; Dam: Grove Chance (St Columbus)
  • Owner: Sirrel Griffiths
  • Breeder: G. P. Thomas



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