Hennessy Gold Cup

Hennessy Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious prizes in Jump races and the most important race of its kind before Christmas. This cup is a grade 3, National Hunt horse race for five-year-old and above horses run over a distance of 5331 meters at Newbury Racecourse. It is a handicap race, and they are twenty-one fences to jump during the race. The Hennessy Gold Cup produced many winners and horses with great careers. This race was inaugurated in 1957, and Mandarin horse won it, ridden by Gerry Madden. Mandarin was owned by the founder of this race, Peggy Hennesy. The first race was run at Cheltenham, but three years later was moved to Newbury. This was the moment when the Hennessy Gold Cup established as one of the most crucial races in Jump racing. This race of three and a quarter-mile handicap chase has a rich history, full of great names of performant horses, leading jockeys, and leading trainers. This race is the longest-running commercial sponsorship in the British racing competitions. The race’s value increased gradually, in the 59thrunning it got to 200.000 pounds. This race gained an excellent reputation and became a prestigious event, which gathers high-quality horses, great jokers, and trainers. The Hennessy Gold Cup was renamed Ladbrokes Trophy from 2017, and the value of the prize was increased at 250.000 pounds.

Most successful horse

The most successful horse that raced in the Hennessy Gold Cup is Arkle, one of the three horses who managed to win this race three times in a row, in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He was superior, and the handicapping procedures have been altered to accommodate his dominance and allow his transcendence. Arkle was so good that the rules were changed due to his performance. He was the first horse who became a public figure of that time. He was present on television shows, where the leading characters of the time were Jackie Kennedy and the Beatles. He, along with these celebrities, was rated in popularity polls.
Arkle was simply delightful in galloping and jumping. A Racing Post reader’s poll voted him the most famous horse of all. He was also voted by people who never saw him racing, but the simple mention of his name made them vote.
The three Gold Cups he won stay at the top of his achievements. Although his massive amount of weight compared to his opponents, Arkle managed to gallop them into the ground.

Leading jockey

Willie Robinson is the most famous leading jockey who participated in the Hennessy Gold Cup. Willie won this cup three times, with Mandarin in 1961, Mill House in 1963, and Man of the West in 1968.
The most successful current jockeys are Timmy Murphy, Barry Geraghty, and Ruby Walsh. Each of them has two wins in this race.
Another great jockey who participated at the Hennessy Gold Cup was John Lawrence. He was the only amateur who won this race, teamed up with Taxidermist.

Leading trainer

The most successful trainer who competed in the Hennesy Gold Cup was Fulke Walwyn, with seven victories between 1957-1981. He won with the famous horses Mandarin in 1957 and 1961, Taxidermist in 1958, Man of the West in 1968, Charlie Potheen in 1972, and Diamond Edge in 1981.
The current successful leading trainers are Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls. They both had three wins. Nicky with the horses: Trabolgan in 2005, Bobs Worth in 2012, and Triolo D’alene in 2013. Paul won with Strong Flow in 2003 and Denman in 2007 and 2009.
They were also female trainers who won this race. The female trainers who won the Hennessy Gold Cup are Jenny Pitman with the horse, Burrough Hill Lad, in 1984, Venetia Williams with the horse Teeton Mill in 1998, and Lavinia Taylor with the horse Gingembre in 2002.
Hennessy Gold Cup had a great history and was held 60 editions under this name until 2017. Great horse champions had the opportunity to reveal their qualities in this competition, along with their jockeys and trainers. The Hennessy Gold Cup provided many great winners, and the audience simply loved them. For example, Arkle, who is still a favorite, even though people didn’t have the opportunity to see him racing. His popularity precedes him in time, being a legend in this field.

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