The Hennessy Gold Cup
is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase
in Great Britain
which is open to horses
aged four years or older. It is run at Newbury
over a distance of about 3 miles and 2½ furlongs (5,331 metres), and during its running there are twenty-one fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race
, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late November or early December.
The event was established in 1957, and it was initially staged at Cheltenham
. The winner of the inaugural running, Mandarin, was owned by Peggy Hennessy, a member of the family which founded Hennessy
, the race's sponsoring company. It was transferred to Newbury in 1960, and it was won by Mandarin for a second time in 1961.
The race's association with Hennessy has continued throughout its history, and this now represents British racing's longest commercial sponsorship. The record was previously held by the Whitbread Gold Cup
, which was first run seven months before the "Hennessy", and which was sponsored by Whitbread
The Hennessy Gold Cup has been won by seven horses which have also achieved victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
. The most recent of these is Denman
, the winner of the latter race in 2008.
<span style="font-size:90%">Most successful horse (2 wins):
- Mandarin – 1957, 1961
- Arkle – 1964, 1965
- Denman – 2007, 2009
Leading jockey (3 wins):
- Willie Robinson – Mandarin (1961), Mill House (1963), Man of the West (1968)