Hennessy marks 60th Gold Cup with short film

24th November, 2016 by Annie Hayes

In celebration of the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse, the Cognac house has launched a short film reflecting on the history of the race.


The Hennessy Mandarin Cocktail

Created in partnership with Channel 4, the film looks back on the last six decades of the Hennessy Gold Cup – one of the most anticipated events in the British jump racing calendar.

Since its inception in 1957, the event has had a long association with Hennessy which has continued to this day, making it British racing’s longest commercial title sponsorship.

This year Maurice Hennessy, 8th Generation of the Hennessy family, and Jo Thornton, managing director of Moët Hennessy UK, will welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to the historic event to present the Hennessy Gold Cup trophy to the 2016 winner.

To accompany the film, Hennessy has created an infographic detailing a selection of numerical “fascinating facts” – including the number of spectators it has drawn across the years, and the highest number of Hennessy Gold Cup wins by one person.

The house has also created the Hennessy Mandarin Cocktail in celebration of the day, named after the first ever winning horse of the Hennessy Gold Cup in 1957. The drink combines Hennessy VS, fresh lemon juice, rosemary and orange-infused gimme, pomegranate soda, pomegranate seeds and a dehydrated orange slice.

The cocktail will be made available in the Winter Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, from the end of the week.

The 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup is live on Channel 4 on Saturday 26 November. Race off at 3.10pm.

Footage courtesy of Channel 4 in association with Hennessy Cognac.

One Response to “Hennessy marks 60th Gold Cup with short film”

  1. Marci says:

    The video is not working 🙁

    I was SO curious about the “fascinating facts” about the Hennessy Gold Cup. Could someone please fix this problem?

    For all the other people who are landing on this page and like to know more about it due to curiosity, like I did, I googled some facts 🙂

    The Hennessy Gold Cup Chase is the most important race of its kind in the UK in the first half of the National Hunt season. It was first staged at Cheltenham in 1957. In 1960 it moved to Newubry and has been at the Berkshire course ever since. Jumping superstars Mandarin, Arkle and Denman are the only horses which have won the race more than onve but Smad Place is probably joining this list this year. It’s a true test of jumping ability and staying power – contested over three miles and 2,5 furlongs. (source: http://www.online-betting.me.uk/news/hennessy-gold-cup-chase-horse-racing-betting-november-26.html )

    There are probably much more “fascinating facts” I didn’t find online so quick, so I’d be happy if the video problem is going to be fixed soon.

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