Hall of Fame

1960s

1960

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PAS SEUL (7 yo)
He was a half-brother to the 1955 winner, GAY DONALD he had plenty of ability but no regard for obstacles.

Jockey: Bill Rees
Trainer: Bob Turnell
Owner: John Rogerson – paid £600 for the horse, which turned out to be a great investment, if not a little frustrating at times.

1961

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SAFFRON TARTAN (10 yo)

Jockey: Fred Winter – Champion Jockey on four occasions; he won the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle as both jockey and trainer.
Trainer: Don Butchers
Owner: Guy Westmacott

1962

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MANDARIN (11 yo)
This partnership also won the Grand Steeplechase de Paris despite the bit breaking in MANDARIN’s mouth at the fourth fence. With no brakes or steering he was lucky to get round, let alone win.

Jockey: Fred Winter (see 1961 and 1978)
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn (see 1952)
Owner: Peggy Hennessy (of the family that founded Hennessy).

1963

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MILL HOUSE (6 yo)
Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup by 12 lengths. Had he not raced in the same era as ARKLE it is likely he would have been rated amongst the top three steeplechasers of all time. Known as ‘The Big Horse’ he stood at 18hh.

Jockey: Willie Robinson
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn (see 1952)
Owner: Bill Gollings

1964

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ARKLE (7 yo)
The greatest steeplechaser of all time, although he had a strange quirk, crossing his forelegs when jumping. Many joke that his talent was a result of Guinness being part of his daily diet! Victorious in 27 of his 34 starts at distances from 1m 6f up to 3m 5f he was often referred to simply as ‘Himself’.

PAT TAAFFE
Taaffe is the most successful Gold Cup jockey to date, famous for his partnership with ARKLE, Taaffe rode 32 Cheltenham winners, including four Gold Cups (1964-1968) and five Champion Chases.

DUCHESS OF WESTMINSTER
The Duchess (Anne) spotted ARKLE in 1960 as an unbroken 3yr old (Lot 148) in Goff’s Ballsbridge Sale. She bought him for 1,150 Guineas and named him after a mountain near one of the Westminster estates in Sutherland. She rode ARKLE during their summer holidays in Ireland and in retirement she indulged his every whim.

Jockey: Pat Taaffe
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster

1965

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ARKLE (8 yo)

Jockey: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster (see 1964)

1966

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ARKLE (9 yo)
Won this race by 30 lengths despite ploughing through a fence early on. He went through the season 1965/66 unbeaten in five races.

Jockey: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster (see 1964)

1967

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WOODLAND VENTURE (7 yo)

Jockey: Terry Biddlecombe
Trainer: Fred Rimell – Fred and wife Mercy trained 190 Cheltenham winners between them including two Gold Cups.
Owner: Harry Collins

1968

Fort Leney - Pat Taaffe (1968)

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FORT LENEY (10 yo)
ARKLE’s stable companion and the first Gold Cup winner to be sired by another (FORTINA).

Jockey: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Trainer: Tom Dreaper – this was the last of Dreaper’s five Gold Cup wins.
Owner: John Thomson

1969

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WHAT A MYTH (12 yo)
No horse older than 10 has won the Gold Cup since.

Jockey: Paul Kelleway
Trainer: Ryan Price
Owner: Lady Lucy Weir