Cheltenham Festival Results
Year By Year Results History
This year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup produced an exciting winner in the shape of Al Boum Photo, who travelled smoothly throughout and stayed on well up the hill to hold off the late challenge of the fast-finishing Anibale Fly. Al Boum Photo also became trainer Willie Mullins’ first winner in the race.
The meeting began with another winner in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle for Mullins, Klassical Dream proving much too good for his rivals in what was an open renewal.
Mullins didn’t have to wait long for his next winner, coming just 40 minutes later when Duc des Genievres won the Arkle in impressive fashion. Both Glen Forsa and Kalashnikov, who were fancied in the market, failed to complete.
Wednesday’s Champion Chase again went to the outstanding Altior, who maintained his unbeaten record over jumps without having to be at his best.
The Ryanair Chase on Thursday produced a terrific story, Bryony Frost and Frodon magnificent together again to fend off all challengers, with Frost becoming the first women to win a Grade 1 event over hurdles or fences at the Cheltenham Festival in the process. The same afternoon’s Stayers’ Hurdle was won by hot favourite Paisley Park.
The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup lived up to its billing as a match between Native River and Might Bite, with Native River possessing too much stamina for his rival.
The win was the first in the race for Colin Tizzard , having previously gone close with Cue Card.
The meeting began with a great tussle between Kalashnikov and Summerville Boy in the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with the last-named emerging victorious, while the feature race on the Tuesday, the 2018 Champion Hurdle, was won for the second successive season by Buveur d’Air .
Wednesday’s 2018 Champion Chase went to Altior , while the following afternoon’s 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle was won by Penhill, the previous year’s Albert Bartlett winner.
The 2018 Ryanair Chase also went back to Ireland, with Balko des Flos beating the previous year’s winner Un de Sceaux.
In terms of Timeform ratings, the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup was one of the lesser renewals, but it still featured a good story.
Sizing John had spent most of his career over fences chasing home Douvan over two miles, but he relished the step up in trip when beating Minella Rocco and Native River.
The 2017 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle also went to Ireland, as they dominated the meeting, with the temperamental Labaik putting it all together on the big day.
The same afternoon’s 2017 Champion Hurdle was one back for Britain, as Buveur d’Air emerged on top, but it was business as usual in the 2017 Champion Chase 24 hours later with Special Tiara winning for Henry de Bromhead.
The Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon won the 2017 Stayers’ Hurdle, while the 2017 Ryanair Chase was won the same yard’s Un de Sceaux .
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Irish trainers saddled a 1-2-3 in the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup, with the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack producing the best performance in the race since Imperial Commander.
The Willie Mullins duo of Djakadam and Don Poli filled the places, with the former finishing runner-up for the second year in a row.
The Nicky Henderson-trained Altior broke Mullins’ stranglehold on the race when landing the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, while there was also joy for his stablemate Sprinter Sacre who reduced his trainer to tears when beating Un de Sceaux and Special Tiara and regaining his crown in the 2016 Champion Chase.
Annie Power won the 2016 Champion hurdle, becoming the first mare to win the race since Flakey Dove in 1994, and the fourth in total.
The fellow Rich Ricci-owned Vautour won the 2016 Ryanair Chase, while Thistlecrack underlined his class when winning the 2016 Stayers’ Hurdle.
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On Timeform ratings, Douvan’s win in the 2015 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was the best for some time, and it was quickly followed with another standout win in the 2015 Champion Hurdle a couple of hours later by stablemate Faugheen .
For a change, though, Irish trainers generally played second fiddle to their British counterparts.
Coneygree produced a fine round of jumping to win the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup, providing Mark Bradstock with easily his finest moment as a trainer, and rounding off a week that also saw wins for Dodging Bullets in the 2015 Champion Chase, Uxizandre in the 2015 Ryanair Chase, and Cole Harden in the 2015 Stayers’ Hurdle.
The 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by Jim Culloty’s Lord Windermere , although on Timeform ratings it was the weakest renewal for several decades.
That won’t have mattered to Culloty, though, the former jockey who won three consecutive Gold Cups with Best Mate at the beginning of the century.
In winning with Lord Windermere, he became just the fourth person to both train and ride a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.
More Of That provided Jonjo O’Neill, another former jockey, with success in the 2014 Stayers’ Hurdle, while Sire de Grugy gave the Moore family plenty to cheer when winning the 2014 Champion Chase; he was trained by dad Gary and ridden by son Jamie.
Vautour saw off two Nicky Henderson runners when winning the 2014 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with Jezki leading home My Tent Or Yours in a one-two for owner J.P. McManus in the same afternoon’s 2014 Champion Hurdle.
Hurricane Fly regained his crown when winning the 2013 Champion Hurdle, silencing the doubters having managed only third place the previous season.
Willie Mullins also won the 2013 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, his Champagne Fever beating My Tent Or Yours into second, but the 2013 Cheltenham Festival belonged to that horse’s trainer Nicky Henderson.
The ‘Black Aeroplane’ Sprinter Sacre produced a performance for the ages when winning the 2013 Champion Chase, while Bobs Worth showed great tenacity to win the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup under Barry Geraghty, the man who had bought the horse several years earlier.
Solwhit produced a smooth performance when winning the 2013 Stayers’ Hurdle, while Cue Card landed the 2013 Ryanair Chase.
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The 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup was the scene of one of the best Cheltenham Festival rides, as A.P. McCoy managed to get Synchronised up for a thrilling win, despite the horse having been under pressure for over a circuit of the track.
The 2012 Cheltenham Festival was a notable success for British-trained horses, with the Donald McCain-trained Cinders And Ashes setting the tone when landing the opening 2012 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Paul Nicholls trained Rock On Ruby to win the 2012 Champion Hurdle, but it was the yard’s Big Buck’s who stole all of the headlines when landing his fourth consecutive Stayers’ Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson continued the dominance of the home team by winning the 2012 Champion Chase with Finian’s Rainbow and the 2012 Ryanair Chase with Riverside Theatre, a horse that was part-owned by Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt.
Albertas Run stole the show at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival when winning the 2011 Ryanair Chase, his second win in the race in a row.
Sizing Europe gained reward for his consistency when taking the 2011 Champion Chase, beating the previous year’s hero Big Zeb, while Ireland also enjoyed success in the 2011 Champion Hurdle with Hurricane Fly providing Ruby Walsh with his first win in the race.
Walsh was also in the spotlight when guiding Al Ferof to victory in the 2011 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as well as when piloting Big Buck’s to a bloodless win in the 2011 Stayers’ Hurdle, the horse’s third win in the contest.
Walsh was out of luck in the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup, though, his mount Kauto Star only able to fill third on his return to a race he’d won in 2007 and 2009.
Instead the finish involved one horse: Long Run . He provided trainer Nicky Henderson with a first Gold Cup, whilst Sam Waley-Cohen became the first amateur to win the race for some 30 years.
The 2008 champion Denman, who was second in both 2009 and 2010, had to settle for the same position once again.
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Imperial Commander was a popular winner of the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup, trained in nearby Naunton by local trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.
He stayed on best to beat the Paul Nicholls-trained Denman , who finished runner-up for the second year in a row.
Imperial Commander’s success was a first win in the race for both Twiston-Davies and jockey Paddy Brennan , and it came a year after the pair had teamed up to win the 2009 Ryanair Chase with Imperial Commander.
Big Zeb became the first Irish winner of the Champion Chase since 2006 when winning the 2010 Champion Chase, while the 2010 Stayers’ Hurdle saw Big Buck’s comfortably repeat his win in the same race 12 months earlier.
The 2010 Champion Hurdle was won by the Nicky Henderson-trained Binocular , who improved on his effort the previous season when he filled third place behind his stablemate Punjabi. The 2010 Ryanair Chase was won by Albertas Run.
The Noel Meade-trained Go Native got the meeting off to good start for the large contingent of Irish racing fans that had travelled over the Irish Sea, but that was to be as good as it got.
The 2009 Champion Hurdle was won by Punjabi , trained by Nicky Henderson, but it was his main rival Paul Nicholls who dominated the Cheltenham Festival once again.
His Master Minded followed up his win a year earlier when beating Well Chief in the 2009 Champion Chase, while stablemate Big Buck’s continued his resurgence over hurdles – having not taken too well to fences – when landing the 2009 Stayers’ Hurdle.
However, it was Kauto Star and Denman who starred in the 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup, the former staying on strongly up the hill to become the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The 2009 Ryanair Chase also went to a British-trained runner, with Imperial Commander fending off his compatriot Voy Por Ustedes – who had been second in the previous year’s Champion Chase – late on.
Robert Thornton enjoyed plenty of success at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival, recording wins on Captain Cee Bee in the 2008 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and aboard Katchit in the 2008 Champion Hurdle, the latter becoming the first five-year-old to win the race since See You Then in 1985.
However, the standout performance of the Festival came from Inglis Drever , who won his third Stayers’ Hurdle.
Trained in the North East of England by Howard Johnson , Inglis Drever was ridden by three different jockeys on all three of his Cheltenham Festival wins.
Another impressive performance came in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Denman bulldozering his way to the biggest win of his career, inflicting a heavy defeat on the previous year’s winner (and his own stablemate) Kauto Star in the process.
The win was a poignant one for winning rider Sam Thomas, who had attracted criticism for his ride on Kauto Star earlier in his career.
There was better fortune for Kauto Star’s owner Clive Smith in the 2008 Champion Chase, which was won by his star two-mile chaser Master Minded .
The 2008 Ryanair Chase was won by the previous year’s runner-up Our Vic .
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Sublimity , trained by John Carr and ridden by Philip Carberry, continued the Irish dominance in the Champion Hurdle, winning the 2007 renewal from the previous year’s winner Brave Inca.
There was also Irish joy in the 2007 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with Ebaziyan beating British-trained runners Granit Jack and Amaretto Rose into second and third respectively, but Voy Por Ustedes struck a blow for the home team when winning the 2007 Champion Chase 24 hours later.
His win was followed by victories for Taranis (Paul Nicholls) in the 2007 Ryanair Chase and Inglis Drever in the 2007 Stayers’ Hurdle, and the British comeback was completed when Kauto Star announced himself as the leading staying chaser of the era when beating Exotic Dancer and Turpin Green in the 2007 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The win was a first in the race for leading jockey Ruby Walsh , and a second for the horse’s trainer Paul Nicholls, following the victory of See More Business in 1999.
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The hat-trick seeking Hardy Eustace found a couple of horses too good as he attempted to record another win in the Champion Hurdle, though the 2006 renewal stayed in Ireland as the Colm Murphy-trained Brave Inca saw off Jessica Harrington’s Macs Joy.
Another of the major races stayed in Ireland, as Newmill led home Fota Island in the 2006 Champion Chase, while War Of Attrition was loudly cheered home by the travelling Irish horse racing fans in the 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The 2006 Stayers’ Hurdle was won by My Way De Solzen , while the 2006 Ryanair Chase also stayed in England thanks to victory for Fondmort. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Fondmort had chased home Thisthatandtother 12 months earlier.
Noland won the 2006 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Harchibald followed up his win in the same race 12 months earlier when landing the 2005 Champion Hurdel, beating compatriots Harchibald and Brave Inca into second and third respectively, in what was one of the great Cheltenham Festival races.
The first three home were separated by two necks, with Harchibald looking likely to win 100 yards out when still on the bridle.
However, this enigmatic sort found much less off the bridle than had looked likely and it was the gutsy Hardy Eustace who showed true grit to win the race for the second year in a row.
Brave Inca , who had won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 12 months earlier, lost nothing in defeat in third. Arcalis landed the 2005 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
The 2005 Champion Chase also served up a terrific three-way battle, with the 2003 winner Moscow Flyer rewarding favourite backers with a performance for the ages.
He beat Well Chief into second, with the previous year’s winner Azertyuiop 13 lengths back in third.
The inaugural running of the Ryanair Chase went to Thisthatandtother , while the 2005 Stayers’ Hurdle saw Inglis Drever beat the two-time winner Baracouda.
Kicking King won the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Best Mate made history when becoming the first horse since Arkle in the 1960s to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups, though both horses were some way behind Golden Miller who recorded five consecutive wins in the race in the 1930s.
Having won the race 12 months earlier, Rooster Booster had to settle for second place behind Hardy Eustace in the 2004 Champion Hurdle, while the 2004 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle saw a classy Irish-trained one-two as Brave Inca beat War of Attrition.
Azertyuiop won the 2004 Champion Chase, while the hat-trick seeking Baracouda found just one too good as Iris’s Gift reversed the previous year’s form when winning the 2004 Stayers’ Hurdle for Jonjo O’Neill and Barry Geraghty.
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Native Upmanship had to settle for second place once more in the Champion Chase, as he chased home Moscow Flyer in the 2003 renewal, 12 months after filling the same spot behind Flagship Uberalles.
Baracouda followed up his win in the race a year earlier when landing the 2003 Stayers’ Hurdle, while the same pattern occurred in the Cheltenham Gold Cup as Best Mate retained his crown with a comprehensive beating of Truckers Tavern.
The 2003 Champion Hurdle saw a new name etched on the trophy, with Rooster Booster quickening clear to beat Westender by 11 lengths, providing his trainer Philip Hobbs with a first win in the race.
The previous year’s Champion Hors La Loi III disgraced himself by refusing to race.
The 2003 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle went the way of Back In Front , who led home and Irish one-two when beating Kicking King.
France gained a notable Cheltenham Festival winner when the Francoi Doumen-trained Baracouda landed the 2002 Stayers’ Hurdle, the first French-trained winner of one of the big races since the same yard won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with The Fellow in 1994.
The 2002 renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by the Henrietta Knight-trained Best Mate , with former winner See More Business third. Commanche Court split the pair.
The 2002 Champion Chase was won by Flagship Uberalles , who was third a year earlier, while the 2002 Champion Hurdle was also won by a horse that was placed the previous season: Hors La Loi III went one place better when beating Marble Arch and Bilboa.
The great Istabraq , bidding for a fourth win in the race, was sent off favourite but was pulled up after two hurdles and retired after the race.
There was better fortune for his owner JP McManus when Like-A-Butterfly won the 2002 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
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The Aidan O’Brien-trained Istabraq recorded his fourth straight win at the Cheltenham Festival, and third in the Champion Hurdle, when winning the 2000 renewal by four lengths from Hors La Loi III.
It was the first time a horse had won the race three years in a row since See You Then back in the 1980s.
The Noel Meade-trained Sausalito Bay beat Best Mate in the 2000 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, while there was joy for another Noel as the Noel Chance-trained Looks Like Trouble saw off Cheltenham Festival regular Florida Pearl in the 2000 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Bacchanal provided Nicky Henderson and Mick Fitzgerald with a win in the 2000 Stayers’ Hurdle, beating Limestone Lad into second, while Edredon Bleu won the 2000 Champion Chase.