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International Gold Cup


[International Gold Cup results]

The 80th running of the International Gold Cup in The Plains, Virginia was held on October 28, 2017.

The International Gold Cup Races are the highlight of the fall steeplechase season. This year’s winner of the $75,000 International Gold Cup, 3½ miles over Timber, was Doc Cebu, owned by Charles C. Fenwick, Jr., trained by Jack Fisher, and ridden by Hadden Frost.

The International Gold Cup itself, held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, had a long and interesting journey en route to its present home. The first International Gold Cup was held in 1930 at Grasslands Downs in Tennessee over a 4¼ mile brush course, similar to the English Grand National course at Aintree. Tennessee State Historian Walter T. Durham's book Grasslands relates the history of the Southern Grasslands Hunt and Racing Foundation, a group that organized the first international steeplechase held on U.S. soil 80 years ago at Grassland Downs, a 24-square-mile (62 km2) course located in Gallatin, Tennessee between 1929 and 1932.

After the Tennessee race meet ended in 1932, the event was moved to the Rolling Rock Hunt Meet course in Pennsylvania, a course built by General Richard King Mellon, who had won the 1931 race in Tennessee. The race was again relocated after the 1983 running to the Great Meadow racecourse after the Rolling Rock Hunt Meet’s racecourse feel victim to land development.

Read more about this event at: Full results of the day’s races are available on our website.

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