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Winning Most Cheltenham Festival Jockeys: Pat Taaffe
Thu, Feb 6th, 2014

Pat Taaffe died aged only 62 in 1993 but will be long remembered for his Cheltenham Festival success over fences in the 1960s. Pat won 25 festival races in all with a remarkable 22 of those wins coming in Steeplechases.

We have lots of video of Pat Taaffe in action on our Cheltenham Videos section. His most remembered win was probably the first of the legendary Arkle's Gold Cup wins in 1964 where the pair saw off Mill House  :

Pat won another two Gold Cups on Arkle in 1965 and 1966, and added a fourth on Fort Leaney in 1968. He still holds the record for most wins the the RSA and Champion Chases with five in each. Taaffe was supplied with most of his winning horses by Tom Dreaper, amongst them three time festival winner Flying Bolt and dual winners Fortia and Ben Stack. Here are his 25 winners : 

Race

Year

Horse

Trainer

RSA Chase

1953

Coneyburrow

Joe Osbourne

County

1953

Teapot II

Clem Magnier

Cathcart

1954

Royal Approach

Tom Dreaper

Supreme Novices Div 1

1954

Stroller

Vincent O'Brien

Festival Trophy

1957

Sentina

Tom Dreaper

RSA Chase

1960

Solfen

Willie O'Grady

Champion Chase

1960

Fortria

Tom Dreaper

Arkle

1961

Mountcashel King

Tom Dreaper

RSA Chase

1961

Grallagh Cnoc

Joe Osbourne

Champion Chase

1961

Fortria

Tom Dreaper

Arkle

1963

Ben Stack

Tom Dreaper

RSA Chase

1963

Arkle

Tom Dreaper

Champion Chase

1964

Ben Stack

Tom Dreaper

Gold Cup

1964

Arkle

Tom Dreaper

Supreme Novices Div 1

1964

Flyingbolt

Tom Dreaper

Arkle

1965

Flyingbolt

Tom Dreaper

Gold Cup

1965

Arkle

Tom Dreaper

Festival Trophy

1966

Arkloin

Tom Dreaper

Champion Chase

1966

Flyingbolt

Tom Dreaper

Gold Cup

1966

Arkle

Tom Dreaper

Gold Cup

1968

Fort Leney

Tom Dreaper

Cathcart

1968

Muir

Tom Dreaper

RSA Chase

1970

Proud Tarquin

Tom Dreaper

Champion Chase

1970

Straight Fort

Tom Dreaper

Cathcart

1970

Garrynagree

Tom Dreaper

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