The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 m), and during its running there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The steeplechase, which is open to horses aged five years and over, is the most prestigious of all National Hunt events and it is sometimes referred to as the Blue Riband of jump-racing. Its roll of honour features the names of such chasers as Arkle, Best Mate, Golden Miller, Kauto Star and Mill House. The Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain, and in 2012 it offered a total prize fund of £491,850. From 2012 it is sponsored by Betfred, after the betting company bought the government-owned Tote in June 2011.
The most recent Gold Cup was won by Synchronised under champion jockey Tony McCoy.
... horses he trained were Saucy Kit, winner of the Champion Hurdle in 1967 Alverton, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1979, who was killed in a fall when favourite for ... Hurdle in 1980 and 1981 and was also the winner of the Ebor Handicap and Chester Cup (twice) in flat racing ... to his stable-companion Little Owl in the 1981 Cheltenham Gold Cup, just failing to become the first horse to complete the Champion Hurdle-Cheltenham Gold Cup double ...
... fall" during a routine schooling session at his training yard, putting his participation in the Gold Cup in doubt ... about a rapid improvement and a week before the Gold Cup, Kauto Star took part in a racecourse gallop at Wincanton Racecourse which pleased connections and ...
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