Our 2019 London Gold Cup Lunch features the big race card from Cheltenham, with our very special guests Teddy Sheringham and Darren Gough.
This year’s London Gold Cup Lunch will once again be taking place in the England Suite, at one of the world’s most famous and iconic cricket grounds, The Kia Oval. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most important steeplechase in the world, with the names of some of racing’s greatest equine superstars etched on the coveted trophy. We are delighted to welcome as our special guest one of English football’s most skilful forwards of recent years, Teddy Sheringham. Teddy will be joined for the day by one of English cricket’s most tenacious competitors, and current host of Drivetime on Talksport Radio, Darren Gough.
With a delicious three course lunch and complimentary bar to enjoy, live music, plenty of sporting chat and analysis, in-room bookies, and the full Gold Cup day card shown on our giant screens, this will be a day to remember.
Teddy Sheringham: Teddy enjoyed an astonishing professional career spanning 25 years, with almost 1000 appearances in club and international matches. A prolific striker, he scored over 350 goals, including 22 in the inaugural Premier League season of 1992-93, landing him the Golden Boot. His most successful spell came at Manchester Utd, where he won 3 consecutive Premier League titles between 1998-2001, and an FA Cup in 1999. Four days after the FA Cup triumph, Teddy scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, then with seconds remaining, Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored from Sheringham’s flick-on, and United won the famous treble of the Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League. Regarded as a legend at White Hart Lane, his two spells at Spurs were very prolific, with 125 goals in 277 appearances. Despite not winning his first cap until 27, Teddy had an excellent England career with 11 goals in 51 matches, the highlight being the SAS partnership with Alan Shearer in 1996, when England made the semi-finals, including a 4-1 destruction of Holland, which people still talk about to this day.
Darren Gough: Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Yorkshire legend Darren Gough was more often than not, the spearhead of England’s bowling attack, his whole-hearted displays attracting plaudits from colleagues across the sport. Prolific in all forms of the game, ‘Goughie’ took over 200 wickets in both Test and One Day formats, with 229 Test victims at an impressive 28.39 average, and 235 ODI wickets at 26.42, making him the second highest England ODI wicket-taker. He also made useful contributions with the bat including 855 Test runs, with a best of 65. Rarely without an opinion on sporting matters, Goughie is a regular presenter on Talksport, where his partnership with Adrian Durham on the afternoon Drivetime show, is one of the station’s most popular slots. He has also demonstrated his dancing skills to great effect, winning the 2005 series of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Lilia Kopylova.
Brendan Powell: We are delighted to once again be joined for the afternoon by Brendan Powell, who as well as offering his tips and advice on the day’s racing, will be sharing one or two stories from his great career in racing. A prolific jockey during the 1980s and 1990s with 684 career winners, Brendan most famous triumph came aboard 10-1 shot Rhyme ‘n’ Reason in the 1988 Grand National; after nearly falling at Becher’s Brook first time around, he settled the horse at the back, before coming through to lead five out. After being headed by Durham Edition at the second last, horse and rider showed astonishing courage to fight back to land the world’s most famous steeplechase. Now a jumps trainer, Brendan is sure to offer some shrewd insight into today’s runners and riders, and a few tales from his thrilling career!
Pete Graves: A passionate Newcastle United fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for football and knowledge of the game are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our events, and we are delighted to have him as always!
England Suite at The Oval: One of the world’s oldest and most iconic cricket grounds, The Oval has been the home of Surrey CCC since 1845; it was the first English ground to host Test cricket, and internationals have been played here ever since. The England Suite is the Kia Oval’s premier facility; situated on the second floor of the OCS Stand (pictured, on match day), it offers a fantastic view of the famous Oval wicket and abundant natural daylight. Food and service are of the calibre you would expect from the premium facility at a world class stadium. Fully air-conditioned, the Suite offers two in-room bars, and with easy tube access from the Northern and Victoria Lines, this is the perfect setting for our event!