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1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup



The 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday 16 March 1989. It was the 62nd running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Desert Orchid. The winner was ridden by Simon Sherwood and trained by David Elsworth.

The race was later voted the "Greatest Race of All Time" in a Racing Post poll, ahead of the 1973 Grand National and the 1975 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Race details

  • Sponsor: Tote
  • Winner's prize money: £66,635.00
  • Going: Heavy
  • Number of runners: 13
  • Winner's time: 7m 17.6s

    Full result

    * The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. Ref = refused; PU = pulled-up; BD = brought down.
    † Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.


    Winner's details

    Further details of the winner, Desert Orchid:

  • Foaled: 11 April 1979 in Great Britain
  • Sire: Grey Mirage; Dam: Flower Child (Brother)
  • Owner: Richard Burridge
  • Breeder: James Burridge