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Boylesports.com Gold Cup

Grade 3 race
Boylesports.com Gold Cup
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 1963
Race type Chase
Sponsor Boylesports
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 5f (4,225 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £150,000 (2009)
1st: £85,515

The Boylesports.com Gold Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in December.

The event was first run in 1963. It was originally sponsored by Massey Ferguson and known as the Massey Ferguson Gold Cup. The race continued with this title until 1980, but since then it has had various different sponsors and consequently several title changes. The 2005 running was named the Robin Cook Memorial Gold Cup. This was in memory of Robin Cook (1946–2005), a former Foreign Secretary who was a keen racing enthusiast. The present sponsors, Boylesports, have supported the race since 2006.

The Boylesports.com Gold Cup is often contested by horses which ran previously in the Paddy Power Gold Cup (also formerly known by other titles). Three have won both races in the same season – Pegwell Bay, Senor El Betrutti and Exotic Dancer.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Ron Barry – Titus Oates (1969), Easby Abbey (1975)
  • Brendan Powell – Pegwell Bay (1988), Dublin Flyer (1994)
  • Tony DobbinAddington Boy (1996), Exotic Dancer (2006)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Fred WinterPendil (1973), Observe (1982), Fifty Dollars More (1983)

Winners

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1963 Limeking 6 10-12 Toss Taaffe Danny Morgan
1964 Flying Wild 8 10-06 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore
1965 Flyingbolt 6 12-06 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1966 The Laird 5 10-09 Jeff King Bob Turnell
1967 no race 1967 [1]
1968 Tassilo 10 10-01 Aly Branford Fulke Walwyn
1969 Titus Oates 7 11-13 Ron Barry Gordon W. Richards
1970 Simian 8 11-08 David Moore Auriol Sinclair
1971 Leap Frog 7 12-01 Val O'Brien Tom Dreaper
1972 Arctic Bow 7 10-12 Andrew Turnell Bob Turnell
1973 Pendil 8 12-07 Richard Pitman Fred Winter
1974 Garnishee 10 10-06 David Mould Harry Thomson Jones
1975 Easby Abbey 8 11-10 Ron Barry Peter Easterby
1976 no race 1976 [2]
1977 Even Melody 8 11-02 Colin Hawkins Neville Crump
1978 The Snipe 8 10-00 Anthony Webber John Webber
1979 Father Delaney 7 10-10 Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1980 Bueche Giorod 9 10-00 Bryan Smart Jenny Pitman
1981 no race 1981 [3]
1982 Observe 6 10-11 John Francome Fred Winter
1983 Fifty Dollars More 8 11-10 Richard Linley Fred Winter
1984 Beau Ranger 6 09-10 John Hurst John Thorne
1985 Combs Ditch 9 11-09 Colin Brown David Elsworth
1986 Oregon Trail 6 10-07 Ronnie Beggan Simon Christian
1987 Bishops Yarn 8 10-07 Richard Guest Toby Balding
1988 Pegwell Bay 7 10-13 Brendan Powell Tim Forster
1989 Clever Folly 9 10-04 Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1990 no race 1990 [3]
1991 Kings Fountain 8 11-10 Anthony Tory Kim Bailey
1992 Another Coral 9 11-04 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1993 Fragrant Dawn 9 10-02 Declan Murphy Martin Pipe
1994 Dublin Flyer 8 10-02 Brendan Powell Tim Forster
1995 no race 1995 [4]
1996 Addington Boy 8 11-10 Tony Dobbin Gordon W. Richards
1997 Senor El Betrutti 8 11-03 Graham Bradley Susan Nock
1998 Northern Starlight 7 10-01 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1999 Legal Right 6 10-13 Richard Johnson Jonjo O'Neill
2000 Go Roger Go 8 11-00 Norman Williamson Edward O'Grady
2001 no race 2001 [4]
2002 Fondmort 6 10-05 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2003 Iris Royal [5] 7 10-13 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2004 Monkerhostin 7 10-02 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2005 Sir Oj 8 10-00 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2006 Exotic Dancer 6 11-04 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2007 Tamarinbleu 7 11-08 Denis O'Regan David Pipe
2008 no race 2008 [6]
2009 Poquelin 6 11-08 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls

1 The 1967 running was abandoned due to a foot-and-mouth disease epidemic.
2 The race was cancelled in 1976 because of frost.
3 It was abandoned in both 1981 and 1990 because of snow.
4 The 1995 and 2001 races were cancelled because of frost.
5 The 2003 edition was run on Cheltenham's Old Course over 2 miles and 4½ furlongs.
6 It was abandoned in 2008 due to waterlogging.

References


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 44. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1963 – this race is included under its original title, Massey Ferguson Gold Cup.



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