Cheltenham Festival 202314 – 17 March 2023
2003 Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing Gold Cup Horse Racing
The 2003 Cheltenham Gold Cup was a horse race which took place at Cheltenham on Thursday 13 March 2003. It was the 75th running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and it was won by the pre-race favourite Best Mate. The winner was ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Henrietta Knight.
Best Mate became the first horse to win consecutive runnings of the Gold Cup since L’Escargot in 1970 and 1971.
- Sponsor: Tote
- Winner’s prize money: £203,000.00
- Going: Good
- Number of runners: 15
- Winner’s time: 6m 39.0s
* The distances between the horses are shown in lengths or shorter. nk = neck; 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
- espn.go.com – “”Best Mate cruises at Cheltenham”” – March 13, 2003.