Exclusive interview with Paddy Woods on Arkle – 50 year anniversary of his first Gold Cup. by Horse Racing Ireland published on 2014/03/05 09:31:00 +0000 It was at the Cheltenham Festival fifty years ago that an Irish trained horse named Arkle, in the Yellow Colours with a Black Hoop of Anne Duchess of Westminster won the Gold Cup for the very first time. That was to be the first of three wins for the chaser who became the best of all time. His amazing record included an Irish Grand National, a King George and two Hennessy Gold Cups. He became known to millions as 'himself' and the story is told in Ashbourne County Meath, where he was trained by Tom Dreaper, that letters were sent from all over the world to 'Himself, Ireland'. It was Pat Taaffe who rode him to all those famous victories, but it was Paddy Woods who was given the task of riding him in all his work. Paddy, now aged 83, has given a rare interview to Mike Vince about the steeplechaser who was more than 'The Horse of a lifetime'