The [[steeplechase]], which is open to horses aged five years and over, is the most prestigious of all National Hunt events and it is sometimes referred to as the Blue Riband of jump-racing. Its roll of honour features the names of such chasers as [[Arkle]], [[Best Mate]], [[Golden Miller]], [[Kauto Star]] and [[Mill House (horse)|]]. The Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain, and in 2012 it offered a total prize fund of £491,850. From 2012 it is sponsored by [[Betfred]],ref after the betting company bought the government-owned in June 2011.ref
The 2013 Gold Cup was won by Bobs Worth under the jockey [[Barry Geraghty]]== History ===== Early years ===
The first horse race known as the Cheltenham Gold Cup took place in July 1819. It was a [[Flat racing|flat race]], and it was contested over 3 miles on [[Cleeve Hill]], which overlooks the present venue. The inaugural winner, Spectre, won a prize of 100 [[Guinea (British coin)|guineas]] for his owner.