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Bet365 Gold Cup

Grade 3 race
Bet365 Gold Cup
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated 1957
Race type Chase
Sponsor Bet365
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance 3m 5½f (5,934 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £160,000 (2010)
1st: £91,216

The Bet365 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 Sandown Park over a distance of about 3 miles and 5½ furlongs (5,934 metres), and during its running there are twenty-four fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late April.

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History

The event was established in 1957, and it was originally called the Whitbread Gold Cup. It was sponsored by Whitbread Brewers at the instigation of Colonel Bill Whitbread, the company's chairman, who had twice ridden in the Grand National as an amateur jockey. It was the first commercial sponsorship in British sport, and the longest-running until it ended in 2001.[1]

In recent years the race has been sponsored by At the Races (2002–03), Betfred (2004–07) and Bet365 (2008–10). The record for the longest-running sponsorship of a British horse race is now held by the Hennessy Gold Cup, which was launched seven months after the "Whitbread".

The Bet365 Gold Cup takes place at a meeting which features both jump and flat races. Other events at this meeting include the Celebration Chase, the Gordon Richards Stakes and the Sandown Mile.

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Larbawn – 1968, 1969
  • Diamond Edge – 1979, 1981
  • Topsham Bay – 1992, 1993
  • Ad Hoc – 2001, 2003

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Ron Barry – Titus Oates (1971), Charlie Potheen (1973), The Dikler (1974)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Fulke WalwynTaxidermist (1958), Mill House (1967), Charlie Potheen (1973), The Dikler (1974), Diamond Edge (1979, 1981), Special Cargo (1984)

Winners

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

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1957 Much Obliged 9 10-12 Johnny East Neville Crump
1958 Taxidermist 6 10-08 Mr John Lawrence Fulke Walwyn
1959 Done Up 9 10-13 Harry Sprague Ryan Price
1960 Plummers Plain 7 10-00 Ron Harrison Syd Dale
1961 Pas Seul 8 12-00 Dave Dick Bob Turnell
1962 Frenchman's Cove 7 11-03 Stan Mellor Harry Thomson Jones
1963 Hoodwinked 8 10-09 Pat Buckley Neville Crump
1964 Dormant 7 09-07 Pat Buckley Neville Crump
1965 Arkle 8 12-07 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1966 What a Myth 9 09-08 Paul Kelleway Ryan Price
1967 Mill House 10 11-11 David Nicholson Fulke Walwyn
1968 Larbawn 9 10-09 Macer Gifford Michael Marsh
1969 Larbawn 10 11-04 Josh Gifford Michael Marsh
1970 Royal Toss 8 10-00 Richard Pitman Tim Handel
1971 Titus Oates 9 11-13 Ron Barry Gordon W. Richards
1972 Grey Sombrero 8 09-10 Bill Shoemark David Gandolfo
1973 Charlie Potheen [1] 8 12-00 Ron Barry Fulke Walwyn
1974 The Dikler [2] 11 11-13 Ron Barry Fulke Walwyn
1975 April Seventh 9 09-13 Steve Knight Bob Turnell
1976 Otter Way 8 10-10 Jeff King Oliver Carter
1977 Andy Pandy 8 10-12 John Burke Fred Rimell
1978 Strombolus 7 10-00 Tommy Stack Peter Bailey
1979 Diamond Edge 8 11-11 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1980 Royal Mail 10 11-05 Philip Blacker Stan Mellor
1981 Diamond Edge 10 11-07 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1982 Shady Deal 9 10-00 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1983 Drumlargan 9 10-10 Mr Frank Codd Edward O'Grady
1984 Special Cargo 11 11-02 Kevin Mooney Fulke Walwyn
1985 By the Way 7 11-00 Robert Earnshaw Monica Dickinson
1986 Plundering 9 10-06 Simon Sherwood Fred Winter
1987 Lean Ar Aghaidh 10 09-10 Guy Landau Stan Mellor
1988 Desert Orchid 9 11-11 Simon Sherwood David Elsworth
1989 Brown Windsor 7 10-00 Michael Bowlby Nicky Henderson
1990 Mr Frisk 11 10-05 Mr Marcus Armytage Kim Bailey
1991 Docklands Express [2] 9 10-03 Anthony Tory Kim Bailey
1992 Topsham Bay 9 10-01 Hywel Davies David Barons
1993 Topsham Bay [2] 10 10-01 Richard Dunwoody David Barons
1994 Ushers Island 8 10-00 Charlie Swan Howard Johnson
1995 Cache Fleur 9 10-01 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1996 Life of a Lord 10 11-10 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 Harwell Lad 8 10-00 Mr Rupert Nuttall Robert Alner
1998 Call It a Day 8 10-10 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1999 Eulogy 9 10-00 Barry Fenton Richard Rowe
2000 Beau 7 10-09 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2001 Ad Hoc 7 10-04 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2002 Bounce Back 6 10-09 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2003 Ad Hoc 9 10-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Puntal 8 11-04 Danny Howard Martin Pipe
2005 Jack High 10 10-00 Garrett Cotter Ted Walsh
2006 Lacdoudal 7 11-05 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Hot Weld 8 10-00 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Monkerhostin 11 10-13 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2009 Hennessy 8 10-07 Tony McCoy Carl Llewellyn
2010 Church Island 11 10-05 Adrian Heskin Michael Hourigan

1 The 1973 edition was run at Newcastle over 3 miles and 6 furlongs.
2 Proud Tarquin (1974), Cahervillahow (1991) and Givus a Buck (1993) all finished first but were disqualified.

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1957 – this race is included under its original title, Whitbread Gold Cup.

References




  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 245. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 



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