Hall of Fame

1980s

1980

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MASTER SMUDGE (8 yo)
TIED COTTAGE led all the way in the 1980 Gold Cup and beat MASTER SMUDGE by eight lengths but, because of contaminated feed, he failed the drugs test and was disqualified. 

Jockey: Richard Hoare
Trainer & Owner: Arthur Barrow

1981

Little Owl - Mr Jim Wilson (1981)

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LITTLE OWL (7 yo)
Little Owl won all but one of his races over fences prior to his 1981 Gold Cup race, the best field in a decade; it included a previous Gold Cup winner and a champion hurdler. 

Jockey: Mr Jim Wilson – only the third amateur to win the race.
Trainer: Peter Easterby
Owner: Robin and Jim Wilson

1982

Silver Buck - Robert Earnshaw (1982)

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SILVER BUCK (10 yo)

Jockey: Robert Earnshaw
Trainer: Michael Dickinson
Owner: Christine Feather

1983

Bregawn - Graham Bradley (1983)

100/30F
BREGAWN (9 yo)

Jockey: Graham Bradley
Trainer: Michael Dickinson – trained the first five home: BREGAWN, CAPTAIN JOHN, WAYWARD LAD, SILVER BUCK and ASHLEY HOUSE.
Owner: James Kennelly

1984

Borrough Hill Lad - Phil Tuck (1984)

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BURROUGH HILL LAD (8 yo)
This popular horse won half of his 42 races and was the dominant force in chasing in the mid-80s.

Jockey: Phil Tuck
Trainer: Jenny Pitman
Owner: Stan Riley

1985

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FORGIVE ‘N FORGET (8 yo)

Jockey: Mark Dwyer
Trainer: Jimmy FitzGerald
Owner: Tim Kilroe & Sons Ltd

1986

Dawn Run - Jonjo O'Neill (1986)

Dawn Run - Jonjo O'Neill (1986)

15/8F
DAWN RUN (8 yo)
The most successful racemare in the history of National Hunt racing. Not only was she the first horse to complete the English, Irish and French Champion Hurdle treble, but she was also the first to complete the Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double in 1984 and 1986. No other mare has won the Gold Cup since her victory.

Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill
Trainer: Paddy Mullins
Owner: Charmian Hill

1987

The Thinker - Ridley Lamb (1987)

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THE THINKER (9 yo)
Nearly didn’t get to run. As the jockeys mounted it began to snow. At the start it was a snowstorm and settling. A delay was announced and the runners called back from the start. The stewards waited and the 3.30pm race eventually started at 4.51pm – 81 minutes late.

Jockey: Ridley Lamb
Trainer: Arthur Stephenson
Owner: Tom McDonagh

1988

charter party 2

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CHARTER PARTY (10 yo)

Jockey: Richard Dunwoody
Trainer: David Nicholson – David ‘The Duke’ Nicholson rode 538 winners himself and was Champion National Hunt Trainer for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.
Owner: Smith/Mould

1989

Desert Orchid - Simon Sherwood (1989)

Desert Orchid - Simon Sherwood (1989)

5/2F
DESERT ORCHID (10 yo)
‘Dessie’, a racing icon, much loved by all for his front-running style, iron will and versatility. Best known for his four King George VI victories, this win saw him battling past mud-loving YAHOO up the Hill to claim victory by one and a half lengths. Jockey Simon Sherwood said: “I’ve never known a horse so brave. He hated every step of the way in the ground and dug as deep as he could possibly go”. Three cheers were called as Desert Orchid was unsaddled. The race was voted best horse race ever by readers of the Racing Post.

Jockey: Simon Sherwood
Trainer: David Elsworth
Owner: Richard Burridge