2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup
The 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Friday March 17, 2006. It was the 78th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by War of Attrition. The winner was ridden by Conor O'Dwyer and trained by Mouse Morris. The pre-race favourite Beef or Salmon finished eleventh.
For the first time in the race's history the first three finishers – War of Attrition, Hedgehunter and Forget the Past – were all trained in Ireland.
- Sponsor: Totesport
- Winner's prize money: £228,080.00
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 22
- Winner's time: 6m 31.7s
|1||War of Attrition||7||Conor O'Dwyer||Mouse Morris (IRE)||15/2|
|2||2½||Hedgehunter||10||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins (IRE)||16/1|
|3||7||Forget the Past||8||Barry Geraghty||Michael O'Brien (IRE)||9/1|
|4||¾||L'Ami||7||Mick Fitzgerald||François Doumen (FR)||10/1|
|5||½||Take the Stand||10||Tony Dobbin||Peter Bowen||20/1|
|6||½||Monkerhostin||9||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||13/2|
|7||1½||Sir Rembrandt||10||Andrew Thornton||Robert Alner||25/1|
|8||3||Royal Emperor||10||Dominic Elsworth||Sue Smith||40/1|
|9||nk||Royal Auclair||9||Christian Williams||Paul Nicholls||20/1|
|10||2||Kingscliff||9||Robert Walford||Robert Alner||12/1|
|11||¾||Beef or Salmon||10||Paul Carberry||Michael Hourigan (IRE)||4/1 fav|
|12||17||Tikram||9||Jamie Moore||Gary L. Moore||100/1|
|13||1½||Joes Edge||9||Keith Mercer||Ferdy Murphy||100/1|
|14||7||Ballycassidy||10||Graham Lee||Peter Bowen||100/1|
|15||5||Iznogoud||10||Tom Scudamore||Martin Pipe||200/1|
|16||½||Cornish Rebel||9||Joe Tizzard||Paul Nicholls||16/1|
|17||10||Ollie Magern||8||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies||33/1|
|18||5||Lord of Illusion||9||Jason Maguire||Tom George||33/1|
|PU||Fence 21||Limerick Boy||8||Sam Thomas||Venetia Williams||150/1|
|PU||Fence 21||One Knight||10||Paddy Brennan||Philip Hobbs||20/1|
|PU||Fence 18||Iris's Gift||9||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||16/1|
|UR||Fence 10||Celestial Gold||8||Timmy Murphy||Martin Pipe||16/1|
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. nk = neck; PU = pulled-up; UR = unseated rider.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Note: Fence 20 was omitted due to the injured jockey Timmy Murphy, unseated at the fence on the first circuit.
Further details of the winner, War of Attrition:
- Foaled: May 7, 1999 in Ireland
- Sire: Presenting; Dam: Una Juna (Good Thyne)
- Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
- Breeder: Bridget Murphy
- bbc.co.uk – "War of Attrition claims Gold Cup" – March 17, 2006.