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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.


Race details

  • Sponsor: Totesport
  • Winner's prize money: £228,080.00
  • Going: Good
  • Number of runners: 22
  • Winner's time: 6m 31.7s

Full result







1 War of Attrition 7 Conor O'Dwyer Mouse Morris (IRE) 15/2
2 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 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 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.

Winner's details

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.


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