Hall of Fame

1970s

1970

L'Escargot - Tommy Carberry (1970)33/1
L’ESCARGOT (7 yo)
Twice won the Gold Cup, in 1970 and 1971. This win was notable as he started as a 33/1 outsider. Best known for beating RED RUM in the 1975 Grand National.

Jockey: Tommy Carberry
Trainer: Dan Moore
Owner: Raymond R. Guest

1971

L'Escargot

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L’ESCARGOT (8 yo)

Jockey: Tommy Carberry (see 1970)
Trainer: Dan Moore
Owner: Raymond R. Guest – one of only four to have owned winners of both the Derby and the Grand National.

1972

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GLENCARAIG LADY (8 yo)
One of only four mares to win the Gold Cup. She was also sired by Gold Cup winner FORTINA

Jockey: Frank Berry – stylish and cool under pressure Berry was Champion Jump Jockey in Ireland ten times.
Trainer: Francis Flood
Owner: Patrick Doyle

1973

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THE DIKLER (10 yo)
This 17hh horse jumped the Gold Cup course in seven consecutive years, placing third twice, second once and winning in 1973.

Jockey: Ron Barry
Trainer: Fulke Walwyn (see 1952)
Owner: Peggy August

1974

Captain Christy - Bobby Beasley (1974)

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CAPTAIN CHRISTY (7 yo)
An exceptional horse, the first novice to win the Gold Cup since MONT TREMBLANT 22 years earlier.

Jockey: Bobby Beasley (see 1959)
Trainer: Pat Taaffe (see 1964)
Owner: Jane Samuel

1975

Ten Up - Tommy Carberry (1975)

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TEN UP (8 yo)

Jockey: Tommy Carberry (see 1970)
Trainer: Jim Dreaper – the first second-generation trainer to win a Gold Cup, he was top trainer of this Festival at just 24yrs old.
Owner: Duchess of Westminster – only the second person, after Dorothy Paget, to own two different Gold Cup winners.

1976

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

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ROYAL FROLIC (7 yo)

Jockey: John Burke
Trainer: Fred Rimmell
Owner: Sir Edward Hanmer – querying his 7yr old chaser being too young to take on the Gold Cup, his trainer replied: “Well, none of us is getting any younger, sir, and I think he should take his chance.” (Hanmer was 86)

1977

Davy Lad - Dessie Hughes (1977)

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DAVY LAD (7 yo)

Jockey: Dessie Hughes
Trainer: Mick O’Toole – saddled eight winners at the Festival. He also won the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Coral-Eclipse and Arkle Trophy in the same year (1979).
Owner: Anne-Marie McGowan

1978

Midnight Court - John Francome (1978)

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MIDNIGHT COURT (7 yo)
Won the first Gold Cup to return to Lambourn in 15 years. (The Gold Cup was run in April due to snow.)

Jockey: John Francome – Champion Jockey seven times and won 1,138 races over jumps in Britain .
Trainer: Fred Winter – The only man to both ride and train winners of the Gold Cup and The Champion Hurdle “a perfect gentleman” and “the most outstanding jockey of his time.”
Owner: Olive Jackson

1979

Alverton - Jonjo O'Neill (1979)

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ALVERTON (9 yo)

Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill – Champion Jockey twice in the late 1970s, he also won the 1986 Gold Cup on DAWN RUN.
Trainer: Peter Easterby – the only trainer to have saddled more than 1,000 winners in Britain in both flat and National Hunt racing.
Owner: Snailwell Stud Co.