The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the pinnacle of National Hunt racing, it is quite simply the race that every owner, trainer & jockey wants to win!
It is a Grade 1 race run on the New Course at Cheltenham and is a huge stamina test with runners having to jump 22 fences during the 3m 2 1/2f trip. It is the fourth race on Gold Cup day and can be entered by 5 year olds +.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is known as the ‘Blue Ribband’ of National Hunt racing and has been won by some of the the finest race courses to ever grace turf. Names including Arkle, Best Mate & Kauto Star are among the previous winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The most successful horse in Cheltenham Gold Cup history is Golden Miller who won the race 5 times in a row from 1932 to 1936. Whilst the most successful jockey was Pat Taaffe who won the prestige race 4 times, 3 of them aboard the legendary Arkle. Arkle’s trainer Tom Dreaper was also the most successful trainer in the races history having won it 5 times.
Type: Grade 1 Steeplechase Race
Distance: 3m 2 1/2f (5,331m)
Age: 5 year olds +
Weight: 11st 8lb (5 yo’s) 11st 10lb (6 yo +)
Allowances: 7lb for mares
Prize Fund: £575,000