The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious race in the National Hunt code of horse racing. It takes place annually in March at the Cheltenham Festival meeting.

Here is a look at who have been some of the most successful winners of the race since it was inaugurated in 1924.

Most successful trainer – Tom Dreaper

With five victories in the race, most notably with Arkle in 1964, 1965 and 1966, Irishman Tom Dreaper is the most successful trainer in the race’s history. He was triumphant with three different horses, as Prince Regent and Fort Leney also came out on top.

British trainer Paul Nicholls goes into this year’s renewal with the opportunity to level Dreaper. The current Champion Trainer has won the race four times and is set to saddle Bravemansgame. The King George winner is 14/1 for those looking to place Cheltenham 2024 ante-post bets on the biggest contest of the week.

Defending champion Galopin Des Champs is one of the most popular Cheltenham 2024 tips for the meeting this year. His trainer Willie Mullins has won the 3m2½f contest three times and would match Nicholls’ tally should his horse prevail again.

Most successful horse – Golden Miller

Golden Miller dominated the Cheltenham Gold Cup between 1932 and 1936, winning five consecutive races. The two horses that have come close to matching Golden Miller have been Arkle and Best Mate. They both won the Cheltenham Festival feature three times.

Arguably the most impressive season in Golden Miller’s career came in 1934. Just a month after his Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph, he won the Grand National at Aintree. He is the only horse in history to win both of those two Jump races in the same year.

Unfortunately for connections of Golden Miller, he was denied the chance to extend his record in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to six wins in 1937, as the race was not run due to bad weather. He did return in 1938 as a 12-year-old but he was past his best at that stage.

Most successful jockey – Pat Taaffe

A big part of Arkle’s success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the 1960s was his partnership with jockey Pat Taaffe. The pair won the race in 1964, 1965 and 1966 in what was a golden period for Irish racing.

Taaffe added a fourth Cheltenham Gold Cup victory in 1968 with Fort Leney. That was an important triumph for the Irish jockey, as it showed he was able to win the race without Arkle, silencing the critics who had suggested otherwise.

In 1974, Taaffe entered the history books as one of a small group of people who have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a jockey and trainer. His horse Captain Christy came out on top as a novice chaser. His feat was matched by Jonjo O’Neill in 2012 when Synchronised won the race for the legend of the sport.

The 2024 Cheltenham Festival takes place between 13-16 March, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup set to take place on the final day of the meeting at 15:30.

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Last Update: February 13, 2024