The Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy has been stolen by thieves. The cup is presented each year to the winning owner of the Gold Cup race at Chelthenham, one England’s most prestigious steeplechase prize.

The stolen cup belonged to Raymond Mould, whose horse Charter Party, ridden by Richard Dunwoody, won the race in 1988. Police said they called to a home in Wormington, near Broadway, on Wednesday. A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said racing trophies valued at more than £150,000 had been taken.

Other trophies stolen included a Challenge Cup and the Britannia Handicap Cup. Nigel Twiston-Davies, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year with Imperial Commander, said: “I’m afraid it is Charter Party’s Gold Cup that has been stolen. The cup, which is made of solid gold and worth around £10,000, was taken from an address in Wormington, Gloucestershire.