This race is the first Grade 1 of Thursdays meeting and attracts some of the best middle distance chasers there is. It is run over a distance of 2m5f and has attracted some decent sorts recently, Imperial Commander winning the race in 2009 and then following up with a Gold Cup victory the following year. It is open to 5 year olds and above and is no longer limited to novices as it was years ago. The PaddyPower Gold Cup, run in November at the Cheltenham track often gives an indicator as to horses that may participate in this race as it is run over 2m 4 ½ furlongs.
This race was added when the Cheltenham Festival was increased to four days from three so we don't have much in the way of data to form any trends, but many of the winners have often had some previous impressive course form, but 2012 winner Riverside Theatre bucked that trend having not fared well in a previous race at Cheltenham.
In 2015 Uxizandre won the race for owner JP McMinus and provided jockey AP McCoy with his last ever Festival winner before his retirement. In 2016 Vautour became the first ever Irish trained winner of the race.
9/10 Had won at Cheltenham previosuly.
8/10 Winners were bred in either Ireland or France.
7/10 Winners came from first 3 in the betting.
7/10 Winners had ran in the King George at Kempton.
3/10 Favourites have been successful.
1/10 Winners were trained in Ireland.
|2016||Vautour||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||Ev f|
|2015||Uxizandre||7||Tony McCoy||Alan King||16/1|
|2014||Dynaste||8||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe||3/1 f|
|2013||Cue Card||7||Joe Tizzard||Colin Tizzard||9/2|
|2012||Riverside Theatre||8||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||7/2 f|
|2011||Albertas Run||10||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||6/1|
|2010||Albertas Run||9||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||14/1|
|2009||Imperial Commander||8||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies||6/1|
|2008||Our Vic||10||Timmy Murphy||David Pipe||4/1|
|2007||Taranis||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||9/1|