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 horse – Florida Pearl, 4 wins (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
- Most successful jockey – Mark Dwyer, 4 wins (1987, 1993, 1994, 1995)
- Most successful trainer – Willie 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|
- pedigreequery.com – Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup – Leopardstown.
- Recurring sporting events established in 1987 – this race is included under its original title, Vincent O'Brien Irish Gold Cup.