Blue Square Gold Cup
The Blue Square Gold Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of about 3 miles and 4 furlongs (5,633 metres), and during its running there are twenty-two fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in February.
The event was established in 1968, and during the early part of its history it was contested over 3 miles. It was extended to its present length in 1991. Former sponsors have included Greenalls (later known as De Vere Group) and Red Square Vodka. Its current sponsor, Blue Square, began supporting the event in 2009.
The Blue Square Gold Cup serves as an important trial for the Grand National.
Winners since 1980
- Weights given in stones and pounds.
|1980||Cavity Hunter||7||11-01||Ridley Lamb||Tony Dickinson|
|1981||Sunset Cristo||7||11-07||Chris Grant||Ray Hawkey|
|1982||Scot Lane||9||10-00||Craig Smith||Martin Tate|
|1983||Righthand Man||6||10-09||Robert Earnshaw||Michael Dickinson|
|1984||Midnight Love||9||10-03||Chris Grant||Denys Smith|
|1985||Earls Brig||10||10-06||Phil Tuck||William Hamilton|
|no race 1986–87 |
|1988||Yahoo||7||10-10||Tom Morgan||John Edwards|
|1989||Eton Rouge||10||10-01||J. Bryan||Mercy Rimell|
|1990||Rinus||9||10-04||Richard Dunwoody||Gordon W. Richards|
|1991||Twin Oaks||11||11-00||Neale Doughty||Gordon W. Richards|
|1992||Cool Ground||10||11-03||Adrian Maguire||Toby Balding|
|1993||Party Politics||9||11-07||Carl Llewellyn||Nick Gaselee|
|1994||Master Oats ||8||10-02||Norman Williamson||Kim Bailey|
|1995||Nuaffe||10||11-00||Sean O'Donovan||Pat Fahy|
|1996||Lo Stregone||10||10-00||Charlie Swan||Tom Tate|
|1997||Suny Bay||8||10-08||Jamie Osborne||Charlie Brooks|
|1998||Dom Samourai||7||10-00||Chris Maude||Martin Pipe|
|1999||Young Kenny||8||10-00||Brendan Powell||Peter Beaumont|
|2000||The Last Fling||10||11-01||Seamus Durack||Sue Smith|
|2001||Frantic Tan||9||10-04||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|no race 2002|
|2003||Shotgun Willy||9||11-12||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2004||Jurancon II||7||10-06||Joey Elliot||Martin Pipe|
|2005||Forest Gunner||11||10-10||Peter Buchanan||Richard Ford|
|2006||Ossmoses||9||10-00||Richard McGrath||Don Forster|
|2007||Heltornic||7||10-00||Tom Scudamore||Michael Scudamore|
|2008||Miko de Beauchene||8||11-12||Andrew Thornton||Robert & Sally Alner|
|2009||Rambling Minster||11||11-00||James Reveley||Keith Reveley|
|2010||Silver by Nature||8||10-11||Peter Buchanan||Lucinda Russell|
- pedigreequery.com – Blue Square (ex-Red Square) Gold Cup Chase – Haydock.
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Red Square Vodka Gold Cup (2007).