Hurdle Bet present their Caspian Caviar Gold Cup stats guide with seven key race trends for the 2m 5f handicap chase.
The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase takes takes centre stage on day two of The International meeting at Cheltenham on Saturday (13:55).
Here are some facts and figures about the prestigious Grade 3 2m 5f contest first run in 1963.
These could help you pinpoint this year’s winner based on race trends.
Learn more in our Caspian Caviar Gold Cup stats guide…
Poquelin created history in 2010 when becoming the first dual winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
There have been six Irish-trained winners of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
The victories of Limeking (1963), Flying Wild (1964) and Flyingbolt (1965) ensured that the first three runnings all went to Ireland.
However, no horse hailing from the Emerald Isle was successful between Leap Frog (1971) and Go Roger Go – victorious in 2000.
Sir Oj became the most recent Irish-trained winner in 2005, but nothing comes over for this year’s renewal.
The highest weight ever carried to victory in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup was the 12st 7lb shouldered by Pendil in 1973.
Other notable weight-carrying performances came from Flyingbolt with 12st 6lb in 1965 and Leap Frog with 12st 1lb in 1971.
Pendil is the only horse to have also won the other major race at The International, the Grade 2 hurdle now run as the International, which he did in 1970.
Clan Des Obeaux for Paul Nicholls carries top weight of 11st 12lb in this year’s renewal.
Pendil also has the distinction of being the shortest-priced Caspian Caviar Gold Cup victor at 8/11.
Only 10 favourites or joint-favourites have won the race before – Flyingbolt (1965, 5/2), Titus Oates (1969, 9/4), Leap Frog (1971, 3/1), Arctic Bow (1972, 9/2), Pendil (1973, 8/11), Fifty Dollars More (1983, 3/1), Oregon Trail (1986, 3/1), Kings Fountain (1991, 7/4), Addington Boy (1996, 7/4) and Poquelin (2009, 7/2).
However, a fancied horse – if not the favourite – usually captures the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, with 35 victors having been returned at single-figure odds.
Tamarinbleu became the longest-priced winner in the contest’s history when scoring at 22/1 in 2007.
Current Caspian Caviar Gold Cup fancies include Clan Des Obeaux despite top weight, Le Preizen and Starchitect.
Unioniste and Frodon, both trained by Nicholls, are the youngest winners of the race, having scored as four-year-old horses in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
Tassilo (1968) and Garnishee (1974) were both 10 when successful, so are the two oldest winners.
The age breakdown is 4yo (2), 5yo (1), 6yo (11), 7yo (11), 8yo (15), 9yo (5) and 10yo (2).
Horses between six and eight have the best record in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, then.
That is a plus for Le Prezien and David Pipe trained runner Strachitect, but a negative for the former’s Nicholls stablemate Clan Des Obeaux.
Female trainers have saddled the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner four times – Auriol Sinclair with Simian (1970), Jenny Pitman with Bueche Giorod (1980), Susan Nock with Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Venetia Williams with Niceonefrankie (2014).
Ditcheat handler Nicholls is the most successful trainer in the history of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, with four victories courtesy of Poquelin (2009 and 2010), Unioniste (2012) and Frodon (2016).
Current defending champion jockey Richard Johnson is the most successful Caspian Caviar Gold Cup rider, thanks to three victories on Village Vic (2015), Monkerhostin (2004) and Legal Right (1999).
Sam Twiston-Davies is the only other current rider to have won the race more than once.
Did you know?
Arkle, the greatest chaser of all time and triumphant in the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times, experienced a rare reversal in the 1964 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup renewal.
Anne, Duchess of Westminster’s charge shouldered top weight of 12st 10lb (which included a 3lb penalty for winning the Hennessy – now Ladbrokes Trophy – just seven days beforehand) and stayed on in third behind the high-class Irish mare Flying Wild (received 32lb) and Buona Notte (received 26lb).
Pegwell Bay (1988), Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Exotic Dancer (2006) are the only three horses to have landed both the BetVictor Gold Cup and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in the same season.
Splash Of Ginge is bidding for the double this time around.
Five other horses have won both races, but in different years.
Fondmort took the 2003 BetVictor Gold Cup and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup the previous season, while Dublin Flyer (BV 1995, CCGC 1994), Another Coral (BV 1991, CCGC 1992), Beau Ranger (BV 1987, CCGC 1984) and Fifty Dollars More (BV 1982, CCGC 1983) also won both races.
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