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Hennessy Gold Cup (Ireland)

The Hennessy Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in February.

The event was first run in 1987, and it was originally titled the Vincent O'Brien Irish Gold Cup. It was named after Vincent O'Brien (1917–2009), who was a successful racehorse trainer. The present title was introduced in 1991, when Hennessy began sponsoring the race. It is often now referred to as the "Irish Hennessy", as there is also a long-established chase in Great Britain called the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Throughout its history the race has served as a leading trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Two horses have won both events in the same year – Jodami (1993) and Imperial Call (1996).



  • Most successful horseFlorida Pearl, 4 wins (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
  • Most successful jockey – Mark Dwyer, 4 wins (1987, 1993, 1994, 1995)
  • Most successful trainerWillie Mullins, 6 wins (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)







1987 Forgive 'n Forget 10 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1988 Playschool 10 Paul Nicholls David Barons
1989 Carvill's Hill 7 Ken Morgan Jim Dreaper
1990 Nick the Brief 8 Martin Lynch John Upson
1991 Nick the Brief 9 Robbie Supple John Upson
1992 Carvill's Hill 10 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1993 Jodami 8 Mark Dwyer Peter Beaumont
1994 Jodami 9 Mark Dwyer Peter Beaumont
1995 Jodami 10 Mark Dwyer Peter Beaumont
1996 Imperial Call 7 Conor O'Dwyer Fergie Sutherland
1997 Danoli 9 Tommy Treacy Tom Foley
1998 Dorans Pride 9 Richard Dunwoody Michael Hourigan
1999 Florida Pearl 7 Richard Dunwoody Willie Mullins
2000 Florida Pearl 8 Paul Carberry Willie Mullins
2001 Florida Pearl 9 Richard Johnson Willie Mullins
2002 Alexander Banquet 9 Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins
2003 Beef or Salmon 7 Timmy Murphy Michael Hourigan
2004 Florida Pearl 12 Richard Johnson Willie Mullins
2005 Rule Supreme 9 David Casey Willie Mullins
2006 Beef or Salmon 10 Paul Carberry Michael Hourigan
2007 Beef or Salmon 11 Andrew J. McNamara Michael Hourigan
2008 The Listener 9 Daryl Jacob Robert & Sally Alner
2009 Neptune Collonges 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Joncol 7 Alain Cawley Paul Nolan


See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1987 – this race is included under its original title, Vincent O'Brien Irish Gold Cup.


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