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2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Friday March 18, 2005. It was the 77th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Kicking King. The winner was ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by Tom Taaffe.

Kicking King was the first winner of the Gold Cup to be trained in Ireland since Imperial Call in 1996. The three-time winner Best Mate was withdrawn from the race a week earlier after bursting a blood vessel. A fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival this year, and the Gold Cup was switched to a new day, Friday.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Totesport
  • Winner's prize money: £212,268.40
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 15
  • Winner's time: 6m 42.9s

Full result







1 Kicking King 7 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe (IRE) 4/1 fav
2 5 Take the Stand 9 Tony Dobbin Peter Bowen 25/1
3 8 Sir Rembrandt 9 Andrew Thornton Robert Alner 12/1
4 nk Royal Auclair 8 Christian Williams Paul Nicholls 40/1
5 9 Grey Abbey 11 Graham Lee Howard Johnson 15/2
6 Strong Flow 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls 5/1
7 ½ Celestial Gold 7 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe 9/2
8 14 Ballycassidy 9 Seamus Durack Peter Bowen 80/1
9 11 Therealbandit 8 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe 16/1
10 dist Astonville 11 Tom Scudamore Michael Scudamore 500/1
PU Fence 21 Beef or Salmon 9 Paul Carberry Michael Hourigan (IRE) 5/1
PU Fence 21 Venn Ottery 10 Jamie Moore Martin Pipe 200/1
PU Fence 20 Tiutchev 12 Robert Thornton Martin Pipe 50/1
PU Fence 19 Truckers Tavern 10 Brian Harding Ferdy Murphy 100/1
Fell Fence 17 Pizarro 8 Davy Russell Edward O'Grady (IRE) 14/1

* 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, Kicking King:

  • Foaled: April 10, 1998 in Ireland
  • Sire: Old Vic; Dam: Fairy Blaze (Good Thyne)
  • Owner: Conor Clarkson
  • Breeder: Sunnyhill Stud


  • bbc.co.uk"Kicking King triumphs in Gold Cup" – March 18, 2005.


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