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Rider Michael Mitchell guides Doc Cebu over a jump during the Virginia Gold Cup race. The 2020 champion is trained by Jack Fisher and owned by Charles Fenwick Jr., Mike Hankin and Charles Noell.

Doc Cebu pulled away from the field to win the Virginia Gold Cup by more than 12 lengths Saturday during the 95th annual Virginia Gold Cup races at Great Meadow near The Plains.

The 2020 Virginia Gold Cup consisted of 10 races, highlighted by the signature Gold Cup race. Doc Cebu, ridden by Michael Mitchell, won the Virginia Gold Cup for the first time.

Codrington College finished second behind Doc Cebu in the four-mile timber race, while Super Saturday placed third for a second consecutive year.

Andi’amu, winner of the 2019 Virginia Gold Cup, went off course during the 2020 race to eliminate any chance of repeating. Andi’amu placed first ahead of Doc Cebu in the 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup leading up to Saturday's race.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Virginia Gold Cup was contested for the first time without spectators. Fans had the option to watch the races on a free livestream.

2020 Virginia Gold Cup winners

-The Virginia Equine Alliance Maiden Hurdle* (Emerald Rocket)

-The Virginia Equine Alliance Maiden Hurdle (Lonely Weekend)

-The Steeplethon (Mercoeur)

-Ratings Handicap Hurdle (Elucidation)

-The David Semmes Memorial (Snap Decision)

-The Virginia Gold Cup (Doc Cebu)

-Maiden 2 1/8 Miles Hurdle (Fast Car)

-Ratings Handicap Hurdle (Go Get The Basil)

-Waiver Maiden Claiming Hurdle* (Shark Du Berlais)

-Waiver Maiden Claiming Hurdle (Elmutahid)

*First division

(1) comment

Chris McHale

I had a great day enjoying the weather and the festivities. The people watching was fantastic with so many ladies in their finest Kentucky Derby hat and attire. Members Hill was packed and there was a great assortment of vendors. The drinks and food were flowing at this great event. It was without question my high light of 2019.

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