Cheltenham Festival 202412 – 15 March 2024
1996 Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing Gold Cup Horse Racing
The 1996 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday March 14, 1996. It was the 69th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by Imperial Call. The winner was ridden by Conor O’Dwyer and trained by Fergie Sutherland. The pre-race favourite One Man finished sixth. There was one fatality in the race when Monsieur Le Cure ridden by Jason Titley took a heavy fall at the 6th fence breaking his neck.
Imperial Call was the first winner of the Gold Cup trained in Ireland since Dawn Run in 1986.
- Sponsor: Tote
- Winner’s prize money: £131,156.00
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 10
- Winner’s time: 6m 42.4s
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. nk = neck; PU = pulled-up.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Note: Fence 16 was omitted due to the fatal fall of Monsieur Le Cure
on the first circuit.
Further details of the winner, Imperial Call:
- Foaled: February 21, 1989, in Ireland
- Sire: Callernish; Dam: Princess Menelek (Menelek)
- Owner: Lisselan Farms Ltd
- Breeder: Tom O’Donnell
- nytimes.com – “”Fergie Sutherland finds a champion and becomes a hero”” – March 15, 1996.