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Ascot Gold Cup

Group 1 race
Gold Cup
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The Ascot Gold Cup, 1834
by James Pollard
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1807
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (4yo);
9 st 2 lb (5yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
10 lb for S. Hemisphere 4yo
Purse £250,000 (2009)
1st: £141,925

The Gold Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

It is Britain's most prestigious event for "stayers" – those horses which specialise in racing over long distances. It is traditionally held on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting, which is known colloquially (but not officially) as Ladies' Day. Contrary to popular belief the actual title of the race does not include the word "Ascot".

Contents

History

The event was established in 1807, and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. The inaugural winner, Master Jackey, was awarded prize money of 100 guineas. The first race took place in the presence of King George III and Queen Charlotte.

The 1844 running was attended by Nicholas I of Russia, who was making a state visit to England. That year's winner was unnamed at the time of his victory, but he was given the name "The Emperor" in honour of the visiting monarch. In return Nicholas offered a new trophy for the race — the "Emperor's Plate" — and this became the title of the event for a short period. Its original name was restored after nine years, during the Crimean War.

The Gold Cup is the first leg of Britain's Stayers' Triple Crown, followed by the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. The last horse to win all three races in the same year was Double Trigger in 1995. There have been a number of repeat winners of the Gold Cup, and the most successful is Yeats, who recorded his fourth victory in 2009.

The trophy is currently one of three at Royal Ascot traditionally presented by the Queen. The other two are the Royal Hunt Cup and the Queen's Vase. Unlike the other trophies at the meeting which must be returned annually, these three are remade each year and are kept permanently by the winning owners. The Gold Cup is Ascot's oldest surviving race.

Records

Most successful horse (4 wins):

  • Yeats2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Leading jockey (11 wins):

  • Lester PiggottZarathustra (1957), Gladness (1958), Pandofell (1961), Twilight Alley (1963), Fighting Charlie (1965), Sagaro (1975, 1976, 1977), Le Moss (1979), Ardross (1981, 1982)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • William Chifney – Anticipation (1816), Belville (1818), Marcellus (1823), Memnon (1827), Zinganee (1829)
  • John ScottGlaucus (1834), Touchstone (1836, 1837), Woolwich (1851), West Australian (1854)
  • Tom Jennings, Sr. – Gladiateur (1866), Mortemer (1871), Henry (1872), Verneuil (1878), Gold (1890)
  • John PorterBlue Gown (1868), Isonomy (1879, 1880), Althorp (1886), William the Third (1902)
  • Alec Taylor, Jr.Love Wisely (1896), Bayardo (1910), Aleppo (1914), Gay Crusader (1917), Gainsborough (1918)
  • Henry CecilLe Moss (1979, 1980), Ardross (1981, 1982), Paean (1987)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacCaracalla (1946), Arbar (1948), Elpenor (1954), Macip (1956)
  • GodolphinClassic Cliche (1996), Kayf Tara (1998, 2000), Papineau (2004)
  • Sue Magnier / Diane Nagle – Yeats (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Winners since 1949

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1949 Alycidon 4 Doug Smith Walter Earl 18th Earl of Derby
1950 Supertello 4 Doug Smith John C. Waugh W. Harvey 4:25.00
1951 Pan 4 Roger Poincelet Etienne Pollet Eugène Constant 4:22.40
1952 Aquino 4 Gordon Richards Sam Armstrong Maharanee of Baroda 4:29.60
1953 Souepi 5 Charlie Elliott George Digby George Digby 4:35.20
1954 Elpenor 4 Jacques Doyasbère Charlie Elliott Marcel Boussac 4:32.80
1955 Botticelli 4 Enrico Camici Enrico della Rocchetta Mario della Rocchetta 4:29.02
1956 Macip 4 Serge Boullenger Charlie Elliott Marcel Boussac 4:48.80
1957 Zarathustra 6 Lester Piggott Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Terence Gray 4:23.93
1958 Gladness 5 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien John McShain 4:30.18
1959 Wallaby 4 Freddie Palmer Percy Carter Geoffroy de Waldner 4:34.02
1960 Sheshoon 4 George Moore Alec Head Prince Aly Khan 4:28.42
1961 Pandofell 4 Lester Piggott Freddie Maxwell H. Warwick Daw 4:30.32
1962 Balto 4 Freddie Palmer Max Bonaventure André Rueff 4:48.04
1963 Twilight Alley 4 Lester Piggott Noel Murless Lady Sassoon 4:52.95
1964 no race 1964 [1]
1965 Fighting Charlie 4 Lester Piggott Freddie Maxwell Lady Mairi Bury 4:34.47
1966 Fighting Charlie 5 Greville Starkey Freddie Maxwell Lady Mairi Bury 4:34.56
1967 Parbury 4 Joe Mercer Derek Candy H. P. Holt 4:36.05
1968 Pardallo 5 Bill Pyers C. W. Bartholomew Suzy Volterra 4:35.84
1969 Levmoss 4 Bill Williamson Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath 4:25.60
1970 Precipice Wood 4 Jimmy Lindley Rosemary Lomax Bobby McAlpine 4:27.35
1971 Random Shot [2] 4 Geoff Lewis Arthur Budgett Mrs G. Benskin 4:41.39
1972 Erimo Hawk [2] 4 Pat Eddery Geoffrey Barling Y. Yamamoto 4:28.69
1973 Lassalle 4 Jimmy Lindley Richard Carver, Jr. Zenya Yoshida 4:33.46
1974 Ragstone 4 Ron Hutchinson John Dunlop 16th Duke of Norfolk 4:35.01
1975 Sagaro 4 Lester Piggott François Boutin Gerry Oldham 4:48.60
1976 Sagaro 5 Lester Piggott François Boutin Gerry Oldham 4:26.15
1977 Sagaro 6 Lester Piggott François Boutin Gerry Oldham 4:28.25
1978 Shangamuzo 5 Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Mrs E. Charles 4:27.30
1979 Le Moss 4 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 4:25.22
1980 Le Moss 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 4:28.40
1981 Ardross 5 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Charles St. George 4:51.23
1982 Ardross 6 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Charles St. George 4:35.24
1983 Little Wolf 5 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lord Porchester 4:24.36
1984 Gildoran 4 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Robert Sangster 4:18.81
1985 Gildoran 5 Brent Thomson Barry Hills Robert Sangster 4:25.19
1986 Longboat 5 Willie Carson Dick Hern Richard Hollingsworth 4:22.11
1987 Paean 4 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 4:33.26
1988 Sadeem [3] 5 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Sheikh Mohammed 4:15.67
1989 Sadeem 6 Willie Carson Guy Harwood Sheikh Mohammed 4:22.68
1990 Ashal 4 Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones Hamdan Al Maktoum 4:28.58
1991 Indian Queen 6 Walter Swinburn Lord Huntingdon Sir Gordon Brunton 4:23.90
1992 Drum Taps 6 Frankie Dettori Lord Huntingdon Yoshio Asakawa 4:18.29
1993 Drum Taps 7 Frankie Dettori Lord Huntingdon Yoshio Asakawa 4:32.57
1994 Arcadian Heights 6 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg John Pearce 4:27.67
1995 Double Trigger 4 Jason Weaver Mark Johnston Ron Huggins 4:20.25
1996 Classic Cliche 4 Michael Kinane Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:23.20
1997 Celeric 5 Pat Eddery David Morley Christopher Spence 4:26.19
1998 Kayf Tara 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:32.36
1999 Enzeli 4 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 4:18.85
2000 Kayf Tara 6 Michael Kinane Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:24.53
2001 Royal Rebel 5 Johnny Murtagh Mark Johnston Peter Savill 4:18.92
2002 Royal Rebel 6 Johnny Murtagh Mark Johnston Peter Savill 4:25.64
2003 Mr Dinos 4 Kieren Fallon Paul Cole Constantine Shiacolas 4:20.15
2004 Papineau 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 4:20.90
2005 Westerner [4] 6 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 4:19.49
2006 Yeats 5 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:20.45
2007 Yeats 6 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:20.78
2008 Yeats 7 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:21.14
2009 Yeats 8 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 4:20.73
2010 Rite Of Passage 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Dr R Lambe 4:16.92

1 The race was abandoned in 1964 because of waterlogging.
2 Rock Roi finished first twice, but he was disqualified both times – for testing positive for bute (1971) and for interference (1972).
3 Royal Gait finished first in 1988, but he was relegated to last place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
4 The 2005 running took place at York.

Earlier winners

  • 1807 - Master Jackey
  • 1808 - Brighton
  • 1809 - Anderida
  • 1810 - Loiterer
  • 1811 - Jannette
  • 1812 - Flash
  • 1813 - Lutzen
  • 1814 - Pranks
  • 1815 - Aladdin
  • 1816 - Anticipation
  • 1817 - Sir Richard
  • 1818 - Belville
  • 1819 - Anticipation
  • 1820 - Champignon
  • 1821 - Banker
  • 1822 - Sir Huldibrand
  • 1823 - Marcellus
  • 1824 - Bizarre
  • 1825 - Bizarre
  • 1826 - Chateau Margaux
  • 1827 - Memnon
  • 1828 - Bobadilla
  • 1829 - Zinganee
  • 1830 - Lucetta
  • 1831 - Cetus
  • 1832 - Camarine
  • 1833 - Galata
  • 1834 - Glaucus
  • 1838 - Grey Momus
  • 1839 - Caravan
  • 1840 - St. Francis
  • 1841 - Lanercost
  • 1843 - Ralph
  • 1844 - The Emperor
  • 1845 - The Emperor
  • 1846 - Alarm
  • 1847 - The Hero
  • 1848 - The Hero
  • 1849 - Van Tromp
  • 1851 - Woolwich
  • 1852 - Joe Miller
  • 1853 - Teddington
  • 1855 - Fandango
  • 1856 - Winkfield
  • 1857 - Skirmisher
  • 1860 - Rupee
  • 1861 - Thormanby
  • 1862 - Asteroid
  • 1863 - Buckstone
  • 1864 - The Scottish Chief
  • 1865 - Ely
  • 1867 - Lecturer
  • 1869 - Brigantine
  • 1870 - Sabinus
  • 1871 - Mortemer
  • 1872 - Henry
  • 1873 - Cremorne
  • 1874 - Boiard
  • 1876 - Apology
  • 1877 - Petrarch
  • 1878 - Verneuil
  • 1879 - Isonomy
  • 1880 - Isonomy
  • 1881 - Robert the Devil
  • 1882 - Foxhall
  • 1883 - Tristan
  • 1885 - St. Gatien
  • 1886 - Althorp
  • 1887 - Bird of Freedom
  • 1888 - Timothy
  • 1889 - Trayles
  • 1890 - Gold
  • 1891 - Morion
  • 1892 - Buccaneer
  • 1893 - Marcion
  • 1894 - La Fleche
  • 1896 - Love Wisely
  • 1898 - Elf
  • 1899 - Cyllene
  • 1900 - Merman
  • 1901 - Santoi
  • 1902 - William the Third
  • 1903 - Maximum
  • 1904 - Throwaway
  • 1905 - Zinfandel
  • 1906 - Bachelor's Button
  • 1907 - The White Knight
  • 1908 - The White Knight
  • 1909 - Bomba
  • 1911 - Willonyx
  • 1914 - Aleppo
  • 1915–16 - no race
  • 1919 - By Jingo!
  • 1920 - Tangiers
  • 1921 - Periosteum
  • 1922 - Golden Myth
  • 1923 - Happy Man
  • 1924 - Massine
  • 1925 - Santorb
  • 1927 - Foxlaw
  • 1928 - Invershin
  • 1929 - Invershin
  • 1930 - Bosworth
  • 1931 - Trimdon
  • 1932 - Trimdon
  • 1933 - Foxhunter
  • 1934 - Felicitation
  • 1935 - Tiberius
  • 1939 - Flyon
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Finis
  • 1942 - Owen Tudor
  • 1943 - Ujiji
  • 1944 - Umiddad
  • 1945 - Ocean Swell
  • 1946 - Caracalla
  • 1947 - Souverain
  • 1948 - Arbar

* The race was run at Newmarket during the wartime periods of 1917–18 and 1941–44.

References


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 88. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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