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59th Hennessy Gold Cup to toast Hennessy's 250th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:22 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:22 16 November 2015

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Saturday 28 November marks the return of the legendary Hennessy Gold Cup; one of the most anticipated events in the British jump racing calendar and highlight of the three day Winter Festival at Newbury (26-28 November).

This year’s race is particularly significant as Hennessy celebrates 250 years since the House was founded in 1765.

Now in its 59th year, the Hennessy Gold Cup is more than just a race; it is the longest running sports sponsorship and an institution within the horseracing circuit. During the day, the very best jump-jockeys and horses will line up for a series of top-quality races at Newbury’s beautiful setting, including the gruelling Hennessy race over 3 miles 2.5 furlongs, jumping a total of 21 fences.

Each year, Hennessy plays host to friends of the brand and the racing world, with previous guests including Tinie Tempah, Carey Mulligan, Hugh Bonneville, Joan Collins, Rod Stewart, Jerry Hall, Elizabeth Hurley, Mollie King, Eddie Redmayne, Rob Brydon, Pippa Middleton, Rosamund Pike and Dame Judi Dench.

The highly anticipated race will see 60 runners enter this year, the highest number since 2010. British trainer Nicky Henderson, who had winners in both 2012 and 2013 with Bobs Worth and Triolo D’Alene, will be hoping for another good run this year. Without Oliver Sherwood’s Many Clouds defending his title after last year’s win, the race will be hotly contested for Henderson and others including Gordon Elliott with Don Cossack and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Mark Bradstock with Coneygree.

If you would like to experience the excitement on the day at Newbury Racecourse, visit www.newburyracecourse.co.uk or call 01635 40015 for all the details and tickets.

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