CHELTENHAM HALL OF FAME GREAT GOLD CUPS of the 20th CENTURY
owners, trainers and jockeys focus on above all others. First run in 1924, the Gold Cup was originally a "prep" race for the Grand National but following the heroics of pre-war stars such as EASTER HERO and in particular, GOLDEN MILLER, the race grew in status to become the most prestigious event in steeplechasing.
This feature tells the story behind twelve great Gold Cups starting with the 1935 race and GOLDEN MILLER's narrowest of victories over Jock Whitney's brilliant THOMOND II , and concludes with Ireland's last Gold Cup winner of the 20th Century, IMPERIAL CALL, which resulted in triumphant scenes never before witnessed at the home of National Hunt racing.
Highlights of film included in this feature are GOLDEN MILLER's fourth victory in 1935; ARKLE (full race film) in 1964 - including interviews with Tom Dreaper and Cath Walwyn (widow of MILL HOUSE trainer, Fulke); the Famous Dickinson Five in 1983 (interview Graham Bradley); DAWN RUN in 1986 - becoming the first horse to ever add the Gold Cup to a Champion Hurdle title (footage of her with her owner Charmain Hill at home; interviews with Paddy Mullins and Jonjo O'Neill); DESERT ORCHID in 1989 (full film of the race and interviews with Richard Burridge and Simon Sherwood).
Many others and their connections are also featured - THE DIKLER beating PENDIL, KNOCK HARD, GARRISON SAVANNAH, IMPERIAL CALL, CAPTAIN CHRISTY and BURROUGH HILL LAD - Richard Pitman, Phonsie O'Brien, Jenny Pitman, Bobby Beasley, etc.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||National Hunt / Jumps / Steeplechase|