Cheltenham Festival 202314 – 17 March 2023
2002 Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing Gold Cup Horse Racing
The 2002 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday 14 March 2002. It was the 74th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by Best Mate. The winner was ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Henrietta Knight. The pre-race favourite Looks Like Trouble finished thirteenth.
It was the first running of the Gold Cup for two years, as it had been cancelled in 2001 because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.
- Sponsor: Tote
- Winner’s prize money: £174,000.00
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 18
- Winner’s time: 6m 50.1s
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. PU = pulled-up.
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
Further details of the winner, Best Mate:
- Foaled: 28 January 1995 in Ireland
- Sire: Un Desperado; Dam: Katday (Miller’s Mate)
- Owner: Jim Lewis
- Breeder: Jacques Van’t Hart
- telegraph.co.uk – “”Best Mate surges to Gold Cup glory”” – March 14, 2002.