Which horses have won three straight Cheltenham Gold Cups?
Al Boum Photo race to glory at the Cheltenham Festival winning the Gold Cup for the second straight year. The horse’s success at Prestbury Park has led onlookers to believe Al Boum Photo could win the Gold Cup for a third consecutive season in 2021. Punters are anticipating the next big race festival, the Grand National, and fans can use the newest TVG promos for a bet bonus before wagering on the horse they believe will win.
If Al Boum Photo wins the Gold Cup for a third straight year, the Willie Mullins trained horse would enter a rare group of victors in the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup race.
Best Mate – 2002, 2003, 2004
Best Mate is the most recent horse to win three consecutive Gold Cup races. Trained by Henrietta Knight, Best Mate won over £1 million in earnings during his career which included wins at the King George VI Chase, Haldon Gold Cup, and the Peterborough Chase. His second Gold Cup win made him the first horse since L’Escargot in 1970 and 1971 to win consecutive races.
Arkle – 1964, 1965, 1966
One of the most famous race horses in British and Irish horse racing history. Arkle won the race in three consecutive years in the mid-1960s. Trained by Tom Draper, Arkle won a clutch of trophies and received the Timeform rating of 212, which is the highest ever given to a steeplechase race horse. Arkle is considered the greatest steeplechaser in the history of racing. His performances were so iconic and captured the nation’s attention that the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham was named after him. Arkle’s skeleton his now on display in the Irish National Stud.
Cottage Rake – 1948, 1949, 1950
Cottage Rake may not be a horse’s name known by many fans of modern racing, yet the Vincent O’Brien trained horse ran to three straight Gold Cup victories post-World War II. Cottage Rake had a memorable partnership with jockey Aubrey Brabazon, who was in the saddle for all three of the horse’s triumphs. The Gold Cup was the pinnacle of Cottage Rake’s career with a King George VI Chase win one of his only other notable victories. The gelding was never the same after winning the 1950 Gold Cup and was unable to tally another significant win following that victory.
Golden Miller – 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936
Golden Miller remains the all-time leading winner in the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup. The iconic horse ran to five wins in five years at Prestbury Park becoming one of the most celebrated horses in British and Irish racing history. In 1934, Golden Miller followed up his Gold Cup victory with a Grand National win the following month. Although Golden Miller’s final Gold Cup victory came in 1936, the horse was not retired by owner Dorothy Paget until 1939. Golden Miller accumulated 29 career wins in 52 race starts. The horse is considered an icon of British sports and is held in the same esteem as many of the footballers, cricketers, and rugby players of the time.