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2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday March 13, 2003. It was the 75th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Best Mate. The winner was ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Henrietta Knight.

Best Mate became the first horse to win consecutive runnings of the Gold Cup since L'Escargot in 1970 and 1971.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Tote
  • Winner's prize money: £203,000.00
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 15
  • Winner's time: 6m 39.0s

Full result







1 Best Mate 8 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight 13/8 fav
2 10 Truckers Tavern 8 Davy Russell Ferdy Murphy 33/1
3 Harbour Pilot 8 Paul Carberry Noel Meade (IRE) 40/1
4 nk Valley Henry 8 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls 14/1
5 Behrajan 8 Richard Johnson Henry Daly 14/1
6 Commanche Court 10 Ruby Walsh Ted Walsh (IRE) 8/1
7 4 Chives 8 Richard Guest Henrietta Knight 25/1
8 17 See More Business 13 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls 16/1
9 ¾ You're Agoodun 11 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe 50/1
10 12 Colonel Braxton 8 Kieran Kelly Dessie Hughes (IRE) 33/1
11 10 Marlborough 11 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson 20/1
12 10 Modulor 11 Rodi Greene Martin Pipe 200/1
PU Fence 21 Hussard Collonges 8 Russ Garritty Peter Beaumont 8/1
PU Fence 20 First Gold 10 Thierry Doumen François Doumen (FR) 33/1
Fell Fence 3 Beef or Salmon 7 Timmy Murphy Michael Hourigan (IRE) 5/1

* 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, Best Mate:

  • Foaled: January 28, 1995 in Ireland
  • Sire: Un Desperado; Dam: Katday (Miller's Mate)
  • Breeder: Jacques Van't Hart


  • espn.go.com"Best Mate cruises at Cheltenham" – March 13, 2003.


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