The Bet365 Gold Cup

A guide to the Bet365 Gold Cup, a National Hunt jumps horse race run annually at Sandown Park in the UK.

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The Bet365 Gold Cup Guide

The Bet365 Gold Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap chase open to five-year-olds and above. The race is run over 3m51/2f at Sandown in April, with 24 fences to be jumped, and is the centrepiece of a mixed Flat and jumps meeting that signals the end of the National Hunt season.

The 2010 race will be run on Saturday, April 24.

Bet365 Gold Cup History

First run in 1957, the race was originally titled the Whitbread Gold Cup and was the first commercial sponsorship in British sport. It was also the longest-running sponsorship until Whitbread ceased its backing in 2001. It has subsequently been sponsored by At The Races (2002-03), Betfred (2004-07) and Bet365 (2008-present).

The race winners include two of the most famous names in National Hunt racing, the great Arkle in 1965 and Desert Orchid in 1988. Other notable winners include Mill House (1967), Charlie Potheen (1973) and The Dikler (1974).

Four horses have registered multiple wins in the race, with Ad Hoc (2001, 2003) being the most recent. The others to have done so are Larbawn (1968, 1969), Diamond Edge (1979, 1981) and Topsham Bay (1992, 1993).

You can find live horse racing results for the next running of the Bet365 Gold Cup race at the Racing Post.

Sandown Racecourse

Sandown, in Esher, Surrey, is one of the premier racecourses in the London area and is part of Jockey Club Racecourses, which owns and operates 14 of Britain’s racecourses.
Sandown, which held its first race meeting in 1875, stages both Flat and jump horse racing, including famous Flat horse races such as the Eclipse Stakes in July and the Tingle Creek Chase over jumps.

Bet365 Gold Cup Trainers and Jockeys

Fulke Walwyn is the most successful trainer in the history of the Bet365 Gold Cup, with seven victories: Taxidermist (1958), Mill House (1967), Charlie Potheen (1973), The Dikler (1974), Diamond Edge (1979, 1981) and Special Cargo (1984).

Neville Crump has three wins in the race, taking the first running with Much Obliged in 1957 and also winning with Hoodwinked (1963) and Dormant (1964).

Ron Barry is the leading jockey in the race, winning on Titus Oates (1971), Charlie Potheen (1973) and The Dikler (1974). Four amateurs have won the race: John Lawrence (Taxidermist 1958), Frank Codd (Drumlargan 1983), Marcus Armytage (Mr Frisk 1990) and Rupert Nuttall (Harwell Lad 1997).

Bet365 Gold Cup Facts

  • The first running of the race in 1957 was won by Much Obliged.
  • The 1973 race, won by Charlie Potheen, was run at Newcastle over 3m6f.
  • Proud Tarquin (1974), Cahervillahow (1991) and Givus A Buck (1993) all finished first but were disqualified.
  • Only three horses have carried 12st or more to victory: Pas Seul (1961), Arkle (1965) and Charlie Potheen (1973).
  • No horse older than 11 has won the race. 

Further Reading

  1. Bet365 Gold Cup – Wikipedia – provides an overview of the race and a complete list of past winners.
  2. Sandown Bet365 Gold Cup – the official Sandown Park site offers a little info on this fixtures page.
  3. Thoroughbred Database – offers a complete list of winners with comprehensive details on their pedigree.
  4. Horse Racing Tips – the Racing Post offers the latest tips for the Gold Cup and other UK races.
  5. Victor Chandler Chase – if you’re looking for another interesting race then read my guide to the VCC.

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