Cheltenham Gold Cup Trivia
The passion and excitement of one of national hunt racing’s greatest races has delivered a number of memorable moments over the years. Here are just a few of the incidents and facts that celebrate the character and heritage of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- A coach operator in London was once on the verge of bankruptcy when he decided to make one last attempt to save his business by wagering all his remaining funds of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Golden Miller. Golden Miller obliged, restoring the man’s fortune. The operator repaid Golden Miller for his services by naming his company after the great racehorse, and today Tellings-Golden Miller still operates in South-West London.
- Golden Miller is the only horse to have won the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year. Dawn Run is the only horse to have won two Cheltenham Festival’sfeature races in one year, winning the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1986.
- Because the Cheltenham Gold Cup is not a handicap race it is unusual for long-shot outsiders to win the race. Norton’s Coin holds the record for the longest-odds of any Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, winning the 1990 race with odds of 100-1. Incidentally, Norton’s Coin is also the only horse from Wales to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- The 1991 Cheltenham Gold Cup produced a remarkable piece of Cheltenham Gold Cup trivia. The race was won by Garrison Savannah, but also featured two previous Cheltenham Gold Cup winners in Desert Orchid and Norton’s Coin and two future Cheltenham Gold Cup winners in The Fellow and Cool Ground.
- Trainer Michael Dickinson achieved an impressive feat in 1983 when his horse Bregawn won the race, followed in second, third, fourth and fifth place by four other horses from his stable.
- The eccentric breeder and trainer Dorothy Paget is the most successful owner in the history of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. She won the Cup seven times, with Golden Miller providing five victories and Owen Hackle and Mont Tremblant each winning the showpiece event once.
- Despite France’s strong National Hunt racing heritage it has only produced one Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, when The Fellow won the race in 1994.