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1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday March 19, 1998. It was the 71st running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by Cool Dawn. The winner was ridden by Andrew Thornton and trained by Robert Alner. The pre-race favourite Dorans Pride finished third.

Cool Dawn's victory in the Gold Cup was the highlight of a progressive career, in which he had initially competed in minor point-to-point races and hunter chases.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Tote
  • Winner's prize money: £148,962.00
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 17
  • Winner's time: 6m 39.5s

Full result







1 Cool Dawn 10 Andrew Thornton Robert Alner 25/1
2 Strong Promise 7 Norman Williamson Geoff Hubbard 14/1
3 hd Dorans Pride 9 Richard Dunwoody Michael Hourigan (IRE) 9/4 fav
4 14 Senor El Betrutti 9 Carl Llewellyn Susan Nock 33/1
5 3 Suny Bay 9 Graham Bradley Charlie Brooks 9/1
6 4 Simply Dashing 7 Lorcan Wyer Tim Easterby 33/1
7 Challenger du Luc 8 Chris Maude Martin Pipe 20/1
8 2 Barton Bank 12 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson 33/1
9 hd Strath Royal 12 Martin Brennan Owen Brennan 100/1
10 30 Yorkshire Gale 12 Leighton Aspell Josh Gifford 100/1
11 6 Go Ballistic 9 Conor O'Dwyer John O'Shea 12/1
PU Fence 22 Couldn't Be Better 11 Dean Gallagher Charlie Brooks 33/1
PU Fence 19 Addington Boy 10 Brian Harding Gordon W. Richards 12/1
Fell Fence 17 Rough Quest 12 Mick Fitzgerald Terry Casey 14/1
PU Fence 7 Cyborgo 8 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe 10/1
CO Fence 7 Indian Tracker 8 Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe 150/1
CO Fence 7 See More Business 8 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls 11/2

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

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Cool Dawn:

  • Foaled: May 11, 1988 in Ireland
  • Sire: Over the River; Dam: Aran Tour (Arapaho)
  • Owner: Dido Harding
  • Breeder: John C. McCarthy



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