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Imperial Cup

The Imperial Cup is a Listed National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles and 110 yards (3,319 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in March.

The Imperial Cup was first run in 1907, and in its early years it was considered to be the most important hurdle race of the season. A notable winner during this period was Trespasser, who recorded three successive victories in the race from 1920 to 1922. It continued to be the most prestigious hurdling event until the launch of the Champion Hurdle in 1927.

The race is presently run on a Saturday in March, three days before the start of the Cheltenham Festival. The sponsors of the Imperial Cup have traditionally offered a financial bonus prize to the winner, and this is awarded if the horse goes on to win any race at the following week's Festival. Winners of this bonus have included Olympian (who won the Coral Cup at Cheltenham), Blowing Wind (County Hurdle) and Gaspara (Fred Winter Hurdle). The Imperial Cup is currently sponsored by the bookmaker Paddy Power.

Winners since 1980

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".







1980 Prayukta 5 11-00 John Francome Fred Winter
1981 Ekbalco 5 11-03 David Goulding Roger Fisher
1982 Holemoor Star 5 11-07 Martin O'Halloran Miss S. Morris
1983 Desert Hero 9 09-08 R. Chapman Fulke Walwyn
1984 Dalbury 6 09-12 P. Corrigan P. Haynes
1985 Floyd 5 10-03 Colin Brown David Elsworth
1986 Insular 6 09-10 Eamon Murphy Ian Balding
1987 Inlander 6 10-03 Steve Smith Eccles Reg Akehurst
1988 Sprowston Boy 5 10-11 S. McCrystal Paul Kelleway
1989 Travel Mystery 6 10-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1990 Moody Man 5 10-13 Peter Hobbs Philip Hobbs
1991 Precious Boy 5 10-06 Lorcan Wyer Mike O'Neill
1992 King Credo 7 10-04 Adrian Maguire Steve Woodman
1993 Olympian 6 10-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1994 Precious Boy 8 11-07 Lorcan Wyer Michael Meagher
1995 Collier Bay 5 10-02 Tom Grantham Jim Old
1996 Amancio 5 10-08 Mick Fitzgerald Guy Harwood
1997 Carlito Brigante 5 10-00 Jamie Osborne Paul Webber
1998 Blowing Wind 5 11-10 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1999 Regency Rake 7 10-07 Adrian Maguire Arthur Moore
2000 Magic Combination 7 10-00 David Casey Barney Curley
2001 Ibal 5 09-09 Mr Ben Hitchcott Dina Smith
2002 Polar Red 5 11-01 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2003 Korelo 5 11-06 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2004 Scorned 9 10-03 Barry Fenton Andrew Balding
2005 Medison 5 10-01 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2006 Victram 6 09-12 Andrew Lynch Adrian McGuinness
2007 Gaspara 4 10-05 Tony McCoy David Pipe
2008 Ashkazar 4 10-12 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2009 Dave's Dream 6 10-13 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2010 Qaspal 6 10-03 Tony McCoy Philip Hobbs


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 55. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

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