This is a Grade 1 National Hunt race and is held during the Cheltenham Festival.
The Gold Cup
The Gold Cup is held on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse and has 22 fences included in the race. The distance covered during the race is 3 miles and 2.5 furlongs.
2010 Date Of The Gold Cup
19th March 2010
The National Hunt season occurs over the winter due to the ground conditions being more favorable for jumping.
In 1819 the Cheltenham Gold Cup was originally a flat race which was held on Cleeve Hill which overlooks the present racecourse. It was not until 1924 that jumps were included.
The first Gold Cup with jumps was held in 1924 and was won by Red Splash and ridden by Dick Rees.
The most successful horse to win the Gold Cup was Golden Miller who won the race an amazing 5 times in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936 During this time Golden Miller also won the Grand National.
Other notable achievements in the Gold Cup are from Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate who have all won the Gold Cup three times each.
The Cheltenham Festival Dates For 2015
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At the first Gold Cup in 1924 there was a prize of £685 awarded to the owner of the winning horse, now the prize fund is around £450,000 making the Gold Cup one of the most important races of National Hunt seasons.
Cheltenham Racecourse is off New Barn Lane on the B4075 near Prestbury, Cheltenham. There are AA Route Signs that lead you towards the Racecourse.
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