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Dessie And Arkle The Star Names In GoldCupGOAT Group B

Tuesday 7th March 2017
Desert Orchid

Our mission to find the Greatest Gold Cup horse of all time has kicked off in fine style, and it continues today with Group B. Kauto Star and Mill House are the first two horses into the semi-finals and two more will join them from this highly competitive section.

We break down the runners and riders in today's poll....

Arkle

Where do we start with the legendary Arkle?

Considered by many to be the greatest of all time, Arkle did just about everything in the sport and is sure to be a major contender this week.

Known just as "Himself", Arkle won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on three successive occasions in the early 60's and it is hard to put into words his achievements. Timeform awarded the horse their highest rating ever of 212 for his exploits, with only Flyingbolt given a rating anywhere near.

Arkle beat the great Mill House in his first two Gold Cups which is great form, whilst his 3rd and final Gold Cup came with him winning the race by 30 lengths as a 1/10 shot.

Can anyone stop Arkle in Group B?
Can anyone stop Arkle in Group B?

Cottage Rake

Cottage Rake is not a name young racing fans will be too familiar with but his Gold cup record is a simply remarkable one.

Trained by the legendary Vincent O'Brien, Cottage Rake won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on three successive occasions in 1948, 1949 and 1950.

He was also a King George winner at Kempton in 1948 but it is Gold Cup record that stands out, with a hat-trick of wins in the biggest race in the sport putting him up there with the greats.

Desert Orchid

Dessie may have only won the Cheltenham Gold Cup once but he is one of the most iconic horses in the history of the sport.

He was never quite at his best going left-handed at Cheltenham but he still managed to win the big race back in 1989 in remarkable scenes at Prestbury Park. He followed that up with two successive 3rd place finishes to boost his record in the race and earn his place in Group B.

Dersert Orchid was best known for his four King George wins but his record in the Gold Cup should not be overlooked, and that means he is a certainty to make it to the semi-finals.

Has there been a more popualr horse than Dessie?
Has there been a more popualr horse than Dessie?

See More Business

See More Business has a fantastic record in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and although he doesn't often get talked about in terms of the greats, his record stands up against most.

The Paul Nicholls trained horse won the big race at Cheltenham in 1999 which was clearly the highlight of his career. Add to that his 4th place finish in the race in 2000 and his 3rd in 2002, and you have a genuine Gold Cup great who loved the undulations of Cheltenham.

He was the horse that launched Paul Nicholls into the big time, and although he faces a tough ask in Group B up against some real heavyweights, he is remembered as a terrific horse.

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