Hall of Fame

1940s

1940

Odds: Evens
ROMAN HACKLE (7 yo)

Jockey: Evan Williams
Trainer: Owen Anthony
Owner: Dorothy Paget – a Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double for Dorothy with SOLFORD and ROMAN HACKLE.

1941

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Gold Cup - Cheltenham Racecourse

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POET PRINCE (9 yo)
Poet Prince was due to be ridden by his owner however a fall the day before presented Roger Burford with the ride. David Sherbrooke paid 40 Guineas for his Gold Cup winner; the market was in a dire state and the horse had breathing problems – luckily Mr Sherbrooke was a vet.

Jockey: Roger Burford
Trainer: Ivor Anthony – this was Anthony’s second winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the first being MORSE CODE in 1938.
Owner: David Sherbrooke

1942

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MEDOC II (8 yo)

Jockey: Frenchie Nicholson – a successful jockey and National Hunt trainer who’s son David (‘The Duke’) was much influenced by his father’s passion for Cheltenham. Frenchie was a leading light who set the stage for Cheltenham as we know it today.
Trainer: Reg Hobbs – well known for his Grand National winner BATTLESHIP, a tiny entire horse ridden by his 17yr old son Bruce.
Owner: 7th Earl of Sefton – a distinguished racing figure whose family had owned Aintree and its associated lands for more than 800 years.

1943

THE WAR YEARS
On 10th September 1942 this notice appeared in the Racing Calendar:

“The stewards of the National Hunt Committee have received notification from His Majesties Government that they are unable to sanction National Hunt racing during the season 1942-3.

During the Second World War the racecourse was used as living and training quarters for troops waiting to be sent into action. Despite this, the Gold Cup was staged in all bar two of the War years (1943 and 1944).

1945

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RED ROWER (11 yo)
His third attempt at the race rising from third to second and finally first place after an interval of three years.

Jockey: Davy Jones – originally a flat jockey, he carried three stone of dead weight to win. Jones rode his last winner at the age of 65 in Kenya – he was still schooling horses at home near Cheltenham in his 80s.
Trainer & Owner: 2nd Lord Stalbridge

1946

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PRINCE REGENT (11 yo)

Jockey: Tim Hyde – a former show jumper, Tim rode the horse 28 times over five seasons winning 12 of these starts including the 1942 Grand National.
Trainer: Tom Dreaper – the most successful trainer in Gold Cup history. Apart from training the legendary ARKLE for his three consecutive wins (1964-66), Tom was also responsible for the Gold Cup winners PRINCE REGENT (1946) and FORT LENEY (1968).
Owner: Jimmy Rank – elder brother of the film magnate J Arthur Rank spent vast sums trying to achieve his sporting ambition over a period stretching 30 years

1947

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FORTINA (6 yo)
A big, hansom, Chestnut entire, who had only raced once (and won) in England, he went off to stud and proved to be a prolific national hunt sire.

Jockey: Mr Richard Black – black was the second amateur to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Trainer: Hector Christie
Owner: Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe

1948

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Gold Cup - 1948
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COTTAGE RAKE (9 yo)
COTTAGE RAKE made history by becoming the first horse to travel by aeroplane to the races. He flew into Bristol with stable mates HATTON’S GRACE and CASTLEDERMOT – who also won their races, the Champion Hurdle and the National Hunt Chase. He was the first Irish-bred, owned and trained horse to win the Gold Cup. Famous for his burst of speed from the last fence he became a household name in his native Ireland and the UK along with his jockey Aubrey Brabazon.

Jockey: Aubrey Brabazon
Trainer: Vincent O’Brien
Owner: Frank Vickerman

1949

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Gold Cup
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COTTAGE RAKE (10 yo)
Jockey Aubrey Brabazon was one of the best-loved ‘characters’ in Irish racing. Bloodstock agent, motor racing driver, boxer and renowned raconteur, ‘The Brab’ was a legend in his own lifetime, blessed with perfect hands, superb balance, a mastery of tactics and rapport with his mounts.

Jockey: Aubrey Brabazon
Trainer: Vincent O’Brien
Owner: Frank Vickerman