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Cheltenham Festival 2020: Everything you need to know
Cheltenham Festival will once again descend on Cheltenham Racecourse in 2020. The annual meeting is one of the highlights of the racing calendar. The event sees many of the best British and Irish trained runners compete for the victory. The highly anticipated event will no doubt provide excitement and nail biting action for all race goers to enjoy. The four day festival features some of the sports best Grade One races. Highlights include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Let’s look back at the history of the event and find out more about what to expect from the upcoming 2020 festival.
Cheltenham Festival History
The first race of the Cheltenham Festival known as “The National Hunt Chase” took place in 1860 in Market Harborough. Originally Cheltenham Festival races were held in a variety of different locations. Warwick Racecourse was amongst the most popular location before the early 1900’s. The official move to Prestbury Park was in 1911. Prestbury Park have played host to the Cheltenham Festival each year ever since.
The oldest most renowned race at Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the Stayer’s Hurdle. First ran in 1912 the championship race is a highlight of the meeting.
There have been many triumphant wins over the years and history has certainly been made. A memorable win in history dates back to 1987 which saw the first female jockey win a race. 21 year old Gee Armytage made a remarkable stamp in history inspiring many.
After 2005, came the introduction of a four day festival instead of three. This change meant a championship race could be held on each day. Which gave more racing enthusiasts a reason to celebrate. A four day extravaganza of racing, horses and action. The atmosphere at Cheltenham Festival is unimaginable. There really is no better way to experience Cheltenham Festival than first hand.
Cheltenham Festival 2020
Let’s now delve into more about what to expect from the 2020 meeting. We have put together a run down of each day to help make deciding which day to attend a little easier. Whether you want to get glammed up on Ladies Day, feel lucky on St Patrick’s Thursday or experience all the thrills from Gold Cup Day there’s plenty to enjoy.
Champion Day 2020
Champion Day kicks off the Cheltenham Festival on 12/03/19. Presented by Magners this day looks to set off the Cheltenham Festival in true style. Uniting racegoers from all over for a day of enjoyable racing and nail biting action. The famous “Cheltenham Roar” unites fans from far and wide to celebrate the first race of the festival. Champion Day plays host to one of the biggest races of the season; The Champion Hurdle. Successful winners have included the likes of Hurricane Fly Sea Pigeon. There’s plenty of racing action for you all to enjoy. Other races on the day include:
• The Supreme Novices Hurdle
• The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
• OLGB Mares’ Hurdle
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Ladies Day 2020
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Think glam, style and elegance as thousands descend on Cheltenham Ladies Day on 13/03/19. Ladies Day is one of the most popular days of the meeting thanks to the high quality racing. The highlight of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The quickest and most able horses will compete in hopes of being victorious. Previous winners include the likes of Master Minded and Flyingbolt. The other races on the day are:
• Management Novices’ Hurdle
• The RSA Chase
• The Coral Cup
• The Wetherby’s Champion Bumper
Ladies Day has become a staple piece across racing events and Cheltenham Festival is no different. Ladies put on their frocks, most extravagant hats and descend on Prestbury Park in hopes of being the best dressed. It is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit and get glammed up. Feel even more like a VIP with our luxurious hospitality packages. They are certain to make you and your guests feel special for the day. With private boxes and VIP access to the renowned Silks available there is no better way to enjoy Ladies Day. Network with your clients and guests in true luxury.
St Patrick’s Thursday 2020
Are you feeling lucky? Attending St Patrick’s Thursday needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. The exhilarating atmosphere is unrivalled and there’s plenty of fun to be had. The Guinness will no doubt be in abundance as many enjoy an exciting day at the races. There’s plenty of racing action to be enjoyed throughout the day including the following races:
• The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle
• The Ryanair Chase
• The JLT Novices’ Chase, Novices´ Hurdle
• Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2020
The final day of the Cheltenham Meeting is a mighty event! Cheltenham Gold Cup Day is one of the biggest events in racing. With thousands wanting to experience a bit of the action. Playing host to the most prestigious chase in the world, the Timico Gold Cup is the true highlight of the week. Racing enthusiasts will be in their element as they embark on an unforgettable day at the races.
The racing action continues with:
• The Triumph Hurdle
• The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle
• Martin Pipe Hurdle
• The Grand Annual Chase
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Whether a racing newbie or a true fan we are certain you will have a day to remember.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day: the superb climax of the Jump racing season stands as arguably the best day’s racing of the year, with a breathtaking atmosphere to match.
It is an occasion steeped in history, elegance and above all, scintillating action.
One of the most sought-after titles in the sport, the Timico Gold Cup, remains the highlight of this treasured racing fixture. It is a contest associated with the industry’s elite, delivering a terrific spectacle that is rivalled by few.
Legends of the sport have paved their legacy in this gruelling three and a quarter mile test, with Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star among the list of esteemed winners.
The Jessica Harrison-trained Sizing John at 7/1, ridden by Robbie Power, became the latest victor in the competition, in a thrilling race that saw him fend off challenges from the industrious Native River and Minella Rocco.
Adding to the feast of festival action on the final day is the exciting Triumph Hurdle. Termed as the biggest race of the season for juveniles, this contest succeeds in attracting a wonderful selection of high-class runners.
Other races of note include the Martin Pipe Hurdle and The Grand Annual Chase.
When is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day?
The festival climax takes place on Friday 13th March 2020, and is set to open its gates at 10:30 am!
A full racecard can be found below:
JCB Triumph Hurdle – 13.30
Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race – 14.10
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race – 14.50
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase – 15.30
St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 16.10
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race – 16.50
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup – 17.30
What’s on the menu?
With Eventmasters, you can enjoy wonderful array of foods throughout the course of the event, The day’s menu options can be seen below:
Severn and Wye orange fennel smoked salmon, Driftwood goat’s cheese cream, sea herbsand celeriac remoulade
Salt-baked beetroot with Wensleydale, spiced plum purée, wood sorrel and caramelised walnuts (v)
Rack of Suffolk cross lamb, courgette and carrot ribbons, silky mash, mint salsa verde, yoghurt crumb and red currant jus
Wild mushroom risotto cake, creamy cep sauce, rocket and truffle oil dressing (v)
Chocolate, cherry and almond miso
Cheltenham Cheese Board
Rollright, Bath Blue and Westcombe Cheddar with grapes, apricots, nuts and cheese biscuits
Infused tea and triple certified Arabica bean coffee
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Cheltenham Festival in 2019 has been nothing short of extraordinary. Racegoers coming from all over the world have been treated to a thrilling experience at Cheltenham Racecourse. With world class jump racing and exquisite hospitality options making for a great atmosphere at Cheltenham throughout the week. Reminisce on some of the greatest Festival moments with us below!
Willie Mullins Wins His First Cheltenham Gold Cup
The most coveted prize at the Cheltenham Festival is without a doubt the Gold Cup! With the biggest names in horse racing competing for this title, it was an intense and electrifying race to witness!
The Cheltenham Gold Cup race was won by Al Boum Photo for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins! This victory comes as Mullins’ first ever Gold Cup victory after having trained the runner up six times. The seven year old remains unbeaten this season and now adds a Gold Cup to his name! Sure to go down in history for the Mullins camp.
Last year’s winner Native River came in fourth place after Bristol De Mai and Anibale Fly. King George winner Clan Des Obeaux came in fifth for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden. Whilst Elegant Escape came in sixth. Most surprisingly, favourite to win Presenting Percy suffered a few mistakes and managed to come in seventh place with Davy Russell.
Bryony Frost Makes History at Cheltenham Festival
What a day is was on St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham! Jockey Bryony Frost became the first female to secure victory in a top level Grade One race. The win sparked inspiration throughout the racecourse and is sure to go down in history.
23 year old Bryony was greeted by an euphoric crowd cheering her on as she won the Grade One Ryanair Chase whilst riding Frodon – a Paul Nicholls trained horse. This victory securely places her in history books as she leads a rising generation of female jockeys. In a sport where some may claim that women often compete against men unequally, her win paves the path for many other aspiring female jockeys.
Bryony Frost first began riding on a donkey called Nosey at the mere age of two. Now, many years later, she punched the air and grinned widely after she scored a significant and high profile victory at this year’s Cheltenham meeting.
Thrilled following her win, she exclaimed:
“He just made the dream come true, it’s just incredible. He will deserve every single high five, pat and carrot.”
At the finish line, to ITV Racing she said of the remarkable horse:
“He’s Pegasus! He’s got wings, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said, ‘don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare not send me into the last – I want this more than you, now come on, where are you?’ Just look at what he’s done there – deny that he just loves racing. He’s unbelievable. I love you.”
Frodon’s triumph kick started an exciting hour of racing as Andrew Gemmell’s Paisley Park and Lizzie Kelly succeeded in attaining another victory for female jockeys!
Tiger Roll Lands a Phenomenal Win
Last year’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll added a fourth victory to his Cheltenham Festival successes. The champion horse went on to win Wednesday’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase by a staggering twenty two lengths. This ignited a thunderous roar from the crowds at Cheltenham who saw the horse put up a phenomenal display of jumps. Keith Donoghue guided the horse perfectly over 32 obstacles, making it seem effortless!
Tiger Roll strode into the lead before the last hurdle and went for a clear twenty two lengths ahead of Josies Orders. On entrance to the winners enclosure, he enjoyed loud cheers of admiration from Cheltenham crowds.
Shortly after, Michael O’Leary noted:
“He’s a legend around here. Triumph Hurdle winners tend not to come back, but they certainly don’t come back and win four-mile races for amateurs and then cross-countries.”
He commended Tiger Roll’s trainer saying:
“It’s a phenomenal training performance by Gordon Elliot. He wasn’t great as a novice chaser but he’s transformed him by changing his routine and sending him cross-country.”
Altior Clings to His Record at Cheltenham
Favourite to win Altior went on to achieve his 18th consecutive jumps success. He won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival.
Despite lacking dominance throughout the race, the Nicky Henderson trained horse clung to victory winning by nearly two lengths. He made a small mistake at the seventh fence however he was able to recover afterwards and climb to victory.
The superstar horse came to Cheltenham having an undefeated run since October 2015. Since then, he has attained victory in twelve steeple chases, five hurdle races and now a further Cheltenham Festival triumph.
Following the success, Altior’s record is now neck and neck with Big Buck who had a winning record spanning two years from the start of 2009.
Jockey Noel Fehily Retiring Following Win at Cheltenham
Noel Fehily is set to retire following his victory on Eglantine Du Seuil at Cheltenham’s Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. He described his win as “the perfect ending” to a rich and fruitful career of horse racing. To date, Fehily has ridden well over 1,350 winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland since his very first win in 1998.
Indeed, many of Fehily’s greatest successes came at the Cheltenham Festival. He has won the Champion Hurdle twice – once in 2012 with Rock On Ruby and again in 2017 with Buveur d’Air.
Following a surgery he had earlier this year, the jockey feared he would miss out on Cheltenham Festival. He told the BBC:
“I could go on but I was very ill in January and February and it didn’t look like I would make the Festival for a while. So to come here and ride a winner seems like the perfect ending. I will carry on for the next couple of weeks and then I’ll decide when to stop. I’m lucky and had some great days. I’ve ridden some lovely horses and had great support.”
What a great way to end a career at the world renowned Cheltenham Festival.
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The second day of Cheltenham Festival was given the go ahead despite concerns of bad weather, and it was certainly a day full of excitement! Ladies Day is a highlight of both the social and sporting calendar. 59,209 avid racing enthusiasts flocked to Cheltenham Racecourse for the stylish event. Despite the bad weather the glamour of the day still shone brightly. Fashion conscious attendees donned vibrant colours, feathered hats and huge fascinators. Famous faces too made an appearance, including royalty. It wasn’t all about style and who was best dressed. On day two we witnessed incredible racing. Much of which was to be expected from Cheltenham. History was made and we can’t wait to relive it all again over the next two days.
Let’s recap on yesterday’s incredible races and see what made day two of The Festival such a highlight.
Cheltenham Ladies Day Races
The first race got the day off to a flying start. The Ballymore Novices chase was a spectacle worthy of your bets. The final length came down to the two favourites Champ and City Island as they battled it out to be the first winners of the day. However, it was City Island ridden by jockey Mark Walsh who came out on top winning the race at odds 8/1. The two length victory secured walsh his second Cheltenham Festival win this season.
Grand national winning trainer Martin Brassil was delighted with the win and spoke of how great it is to have a Festival winner on his CV.
Just after 14:00 pm the second race of the day kicked off and it was another thriller. A strong performance was shown by three of the lineups top novices. Santini and Delta Work all put up a fierce race, however it was Topofthegame who took the victory. Trainer Paul Nicholls spoke of plans for the Gold Cup race next year. Topofthegame is certainly one to watch and showcased pure talent on the field. We are looking forward to seeing what he does next.
As we got further into the afternoon the races got more and more exciting. The Coral Cup was no different and certainly matched the level of excitement and thrill felt around Cheltenham. William Henry stunned fans as he outperformed favourite Wicklow Brave. Many doubted the Nicky Henderson trained horses abilities and his season thus far didn’t allude to what was to come. Despite his 28/1 odds the Henderson trained horse was cheered on by echoing crowds when his number was called. This highlights how popular a Henderson trained horse is and it comes as no surprise that Henderson and the team pulled this surprise win out of the bag. A narrow but well deserved win that stunned the crowds.
Following that race it only got better. The impressive racing was on top form. The Champion Chase was a highlight of the entire day if not The Festival. Champion horse Altior did not disappoint his backers and lead to victory. Despite it not being his strongest performance it was still more than enough to make his victory tally up to an impressive 18 races since 2015. A world record he now shares. History was certainly made and the atmosphere around Cheltenham was truly electric. The fears of backing the wrong horse soon went away and everyone felt confident in backing the champ. Truly an extraordinary horse, can Altior ever be beaten?
Grand National royalty came through in the Cross Country Chase. 2018 National winner Tiger Roll dominated the field and appeared to be “the best he’s ever been”. The well raced cross country saw Tiger Roll storm to victory miles ahead of the other runners trailing behind. Josies Orders and Urgent De Gregaine came in at second and third place. The race was electric and of course, geared everyone up for a thrilling Grand National next month. With many having high hopes that Tiger Roll is more than capable of repeating his 2018 victory.
The penultimate race of the day saw a top of class performance from bookies favourites. The Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle was a true showcase of resilience and stamina. Band of Outlaws came out on top with a two length finish. Outperforming the Gordon Elliot trained Coko Beach who came in second place at odds of 14/1. The victory awarded Joseph O’Brien his first Cheltenham win and the Irish their third.
The final race of Ladies Day certainly didn’t disappoint. The Champion Bumper is run over flat ground and it was a spectacle worth remembering. Favourite Envoi Allen did not disappoint the Cheltenham crowd and put on a strong performance throughout. This awarded Gordon Elliot with another Cheltenham win to add to his tally and it was thoroughly deserved. The horse showed strength and stamina throughout as he managed to stay ahead of a fiercely competitive Blue Sari and come out on top.
What’s Up Next at Cheltenham Festival
Next up is St Patrick’s Thursday and we can’t wait. A real highlight of The Festival. Thursday’s racing will too offer showstopping performances from some of the best. Many are hoping for much of the same luck from Ladies Day and hoping favourites can come out on top. The day features some of The Festivals most popular races including the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle. Who will you be betting on? We can’t wait to see the action unfold over the next two days.
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Cheltenham Festival day one kicked off with flying colours on Tuesday 12th March. The first day of The Festival attracted a record breaking crowd of 67,934 spectators all wanting a taste of the Cheltenham action. Despite the rainy weather and high winds thousands of racing enthusiasts enjoyed a day at the races worth savouring. All seven races certainly provided a nail biting few minutes for those with bets on. It’s safe to say that day one was a bad day for punters! There were shocking falls and defeats that no one could have predicted. Surprise wins came from the likes of Beware The Bear, Roksana and Espoir D’Allen. Which was the biggest shock for you?
Champion Day 2019 Recap
With three more days of The Festival remaining let’s recap on all that went down at Cheltenham Racecourse on the opening day.
Race One: Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Although delayed by a false start the highly anticipated Cheltenham roar rippled through the racecourse as the first race got underway. Legendary Cheltenham trainer Willie Mullins started the day off well with a first race win. The Supreme Novices Hurdle saw Klassical Dream ran by jockey Ruby Walsh win at odds of 6-1. The four and a half length triumph showcased star quality that closely matched his previous winnings in Ireland.
The Festival’s most esteemed jockey Ruby Walsh led the horse to victory in a prominent position throughout. First race in, Walsh extended his winning tally to 59 wins at Cheltenham and following the race he said Klassical Dream ran like a true stag.
In second and third came Thomas Darby and Itchy Feet. The bookies favourites however didn’t have such a successful race. Al Dancer originally headed the 18 strong field and was expected by many to come out victorious. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse however came in at tenth place. Therefore crushing the chance of extending his unbeaten season. Fakir D’oudairies was another favourite set to be victorious that fell short of a top three finish.
The first race was just a preview of the surprise wins that followed throughout the day. Overall, despite the fact bets may have been lost the first race certainly set the stage for an exhilarating race day.
Race Two: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase
Willie Mullins celebrated another win in the second race of the Cheltenham opener. Duc Des Genievres stormed ahead and went on to win the Racing Post Arkle by a massive 13 lengths. The victorious horse spotted an opportunity to take the lead after front runner Ornua brought down Kalashnikov at the sixth fence. The race certainly was an intense watch.
Mullins spoke proudly after the race of the pairing with jockey Paul Townend. He said Duc Des Genievres showed excellent form and the ground changed him completely. He also stated how lucky he was to have two winners so early into The Festival, but knowing Cheltenham anything can happen.
Second and third place runners Us and Them and Articulum struggled to keep up with the dominant front runner. Hardline was bookies favourite and was expected to at least be in the top three. However, he came in seventh. This was the second race to highlight that unexpected wins were happening at Cheltenham.
Race Three: Ultima Handicap Chase
The third race of the day came just before 3pm and was certainly one of the most surprising of the day. The victory was awarded to Beware The Bear who manged to beat off the fiercely competitive lineup and finished first at odds of 10-1. Jerry Mcgrath led the Nicky Henderson trained horse to a sublime victory.
The race was an intense watch and for much of the race it looked as though Willie Mullins could bag his third consecutive win. Up For Review put on a strong performance that showed promise, right up until the third fence from the finish. A mistake which ultimately cost him the win and resulted in a seventh place finishing.
Beware the Bear was able to beat off strong competition from Sue Smith’s Vintage Clouds who finished in second place. A last minute change in tactics is said to be what lead jockey Jerry Mcgrath to put on such an impressive performance. Just before the race Nicky Henderson is said to have influenced Mcgrath to drop in, keep away and stay wide.
The last minute change of plan played massively in their favour and the win was thoroughly deserved.
Race Four: Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
Espoir D’Allen caused a seismic shock in the third race of champion day at Cheltenham Festival. The race many couldn’t believe as none of the three favourites came close to a victory. Despite the strong profile Espoir D’Allen came with, he was not expected to out perform the likes of Buveur D’Air, Laurina and Apple’s Jade. Buveur D’Air dominated the betting market and was set to make history by becoming the sixth horse to win two-mile blue riband three times. However, he fell at the halfway stage resulting in a shocking turn of events for punters.
Espoir D’Allen’s performance was quite extraordinary and he stormed to victory with a record breaking 15 length win. Trainer Gavin Cromwell struggled to put into words what the victory meant and couldn’t believe it.
An unbelievable win for this incredible horse and his connections. One that will stay as a highlight of The Festival for 2019.
Race Five: OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
Race five was another dramatic one. Favourite Benie Des Dieux fell at the final flight which sealed a difficult start for owner Rich Ricci. This fall was something else that sent shock waves throughout Cheltenham. The last minute fall opened the path for Roksana to take the lead and become victorious. This awarded Dan and Harry Skelton with their first Grade One success, an amazing achievement!
Roksana managed to beat Stormy Ireland and Good Thyne Tara by two and a quarter lengths in the dramatic finish. An injury in the Autumn meant that Roksana only had one race before the big event at Cheltenham. Skelton spoke of how this move had been inspired by Native River’s Gold Cup win. Victories could be done!
Race Six: Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
A Plus Tard cantered home in true style in the penultimate race of the day awarding Rachael Blackmore with her first Cheltenham win. The pairing were an enviable duo on the field. Blackmore’s patient approach lead them to a victory 16 lengths ahead of second place runner Tower Bridge.
Despite Blackmore falling off Ornua in the Racing Post Arkle in the day the jockey brushed herself off and put on an impressive performance.
Ben Dundee and The Russian Doyen came in at third place in the exciting race. Overall it was a thrilling way to begin the conclusions for Champion Day.
Race Seven: National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase
The final race of Champion Day begun at 17:30pm and it was a race that shocked many fans. Unfortunately, it was a bitter sweet race that was tainted by the falling of favourite Ballyward at the 17th fence. The gruelling race certainly had its toll on many of the runners with only four of the 18 lineup finishing. Unfortunately, Ballyward had to be euthanized following the fatal fall and died. This was a devastating end to such a fantastic day at the Cheltenham Festival.
The bitter sweet victory was awarded to Le Breuil resulting in Jamie Codd’s eight success at the meeting.
The first day of Cheltenham Festival was full of shocks and surprises. Many couldn’t have predicted the events that occurred. Yesterday just highlights that anything can happen at Cheltenham Festival. The most exhilarating race meeting of the season continues this week with Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Thursday and the prestigious Gold Cup Day still to come.
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The eve of Cheltenham Festival is finally here. Many, including us have waited the entire season for this prestigious meeting. With famous jockeys and trainers all in last minute preparations, the next four days are certain to be show stopping. The echoing Cheltenham Roar can almost be heard.
With four days of none stop racing ahead there is plenty to look forward to. Let’s take a look at the ones to watch and who everyone is talking about ahead of the great Festival.
High Hopes For Altior
When talking about Cheltenham Festival discussions have to start with Altior. The great horse trained by champion trainer Nicky Henderson is a true Cheltenham champion. There are high expectations for the thoroughbred racehorse. The strong pairing with jockey Nico De Boinville makes for an exciting duo.
Altior’s impressive past performances put him just one win behind reigning jumps champion Big Buck. His tripple win at Cheltenham Festival in 2018 sets him up nicely for a 2019 victory worth witnessing.
Although Altior is set to shine in the Champions Chase on Ladies Day his biggest threat comes from Mullins trained Min. The Willie Mullins camp are no doubt hoping for a win this year after coming in at second place behind Altior twice last year.
Nicky Henderson has previously spoke on how the high expectations for Altior have led to sleepless nights in the past. However, there is no doubt that Henderson has the expertise to lead a leading lineup at Cheltenham. With 60 Festival wins over the years expectations are high for the Henderson camp. Buveur D’Air is too highly expected to achieve a hat-trick win making the Henderson entries formidable.
Grand National Winner On Cheltenham Ground
The other big horse race meeting of the season that everyone looks forward to is the Grand National. With that to look forward to next month let’s quickly recap on last years unforgettable steeplechase. Tiger Roll won the 2018 Grand National ridden by jockey ridden by Davy Russell. But this week Tiger Roll is on Cheltenham ground.
Trainer Gordon Elliot is hoping to be crowned the Festival’s leading trainer for a third time in a row. Tiger Roll leads a strong line up for the Irish trainer and his connections are hoping for a successful win in the Cross Country Chase. The 16 runner lineup is made of other runners including the likes of Ultragold and Fact Of The Matter. However many are betting their money on the Grand National champion who is said to be on his best form. His Grade 2 win at Navan last month has certainly set him up for a success that will be hard to beat.
Will Presenting Percy be Presented With The The Gold Cup Trophy?
Presenting Percy currently tops betting odds to win the prestigious Gold Cup race on Friday. The Patrick Kelly trained horse definitely deserves it places amongst the favourites. In both 2017 and 2018 Presenting Percy has been victorious in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle and the RSA Chase. However, this year its the big victory in sight. The victory will certainly be well deserved as the horse has no practice over the jumps so far this season.
The toughest competition Presenting Percy is set to face in the Gold Cup race comes from Clan De Obeaux and reigning champion Native River. Collin Tizzard trained Native River’s return to racing is exciting for all racing enthusiasts and his impressive form in previous races this season but him too at a good chance of winning. The Tizzard team will also be represented by Thistlecrack and Elegant Escape in the Gold Cup race guaranteeing a thrilling race.
Cheltenham 2019 Short Preview
Overall, there is so much to look forward to this year at Cheltenham. The return of champions, underdogs rising through the ranks and the fierce battle between the champion Festival trainers. We can’t wait to see the impressive form from the Elliot, Mullins and Tizzard camp. All four days of The Festival will guarantee excitement. Have you made your bets yet? Anything can happen at Cheltenham which is what makes The Festival so exciting.
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The event we have all been waiting for will soon be upon us. Cheltenham Festival 2019 is a real highlight of the racing season. Set across four spectacular days it is the biggest meeting of the National Hunt Season. Each of the four days is certain to provide an unforgettable experience for all those in attendance. The racecourse is prepped and the Guinness is in abundance. With proceedings kicking off on Tuesday 12th March 2019 we are ready, are you?
What To Expect From The Festival
The popularity of Cheltenham Festival continues to grow and grow each year and over 65,000 people are said to attend the four day event. 2019 is a special year at the racecourse as we see the return of the original Gold Cup. This piece of history will make a memorable addition to the prestigious Gold Cup race on Friday 15th March 2019.
Despite Gold Cup day being the most anticipated, each day provides those in attendance with an experience worth savouring. The Festival kicks off with the illustrious Champion Day. The day will host four impressive Grade One races perfect for the racing enthusiasts amongst you. With the highlight race of the day being the Unibet Champion Hurdle. With Buveur D’Air topping the 14 entries many believe he could be on his way to achieving his third win. The atmosphere at Cheltenham Racecourse is beyond electric. As the tape rises for the first race of The Festival the Cheltenham Roar can be heard for miles. An experience truly worth remembering.
With a hard act to follow the second day of The Festival does too offer a first class experience. Think style and glamour as Cheltenham Ladies Day attracts crowds from far and wide. This standout event is a real highlight of the social calendar. Despite fashion being the staple point of the day the racing on offer is first class too. The day is renowned for hosting the best two mile chase of the season; The Queen Mother Champion Chase. Previous champion Altior headlines the 12 strong line up for this race and is on tracks for another win. Cheltenham Ladies Day is a real highlight of both The Festival and the entire season so we can’t wait to see what happens.
St Patricks Day
The luck of the Irish will certainly be in full swing on Cheltenham St Patricks Day. As thousands of racing enthusiasts head to Cheltenham for an experience like no other. The Guinness will undoubtedly be in full swing and the atmosphere electric. The day famously hosts some of the biggest races of the season. Look out for the highlight race of the day the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle. With the absence of Penhill many are placing their bets on a win from Paisley Park but knowing Cheltenham anything can happen.
Gold Cup Day
The Festival is concluded in palpable style on Gold Cup Day. The whole season has been building up to this day and it is by far one of sport’s most popular showpieces. The greatest jockeys, trainers and runners will all compete for the coveted Gold Cup Trophy. The Magners Gold Cup race provides the ultimate test of stamina, endurance and ability for those lucky enough to be entered. There is certainly strong competition amongst the Gold Cup line up. Presenting Percy is currently favourite and his connections are hoping for a win this year after three consecutive years. Will he be third time lucky? Other strong contenders include Clan Des Obeaux and Native River. There are six other races to look forward to on Friday ensuring Cheltenham Festival ends in remarkable style.
There’s plenty to look forward to at the Festival next week. Whatever day you are attending you will certainly enjoy a race day experience like no other. The excitement builds more and more each day but who are the latest ones to watch?
Ones To Watch At Cheltenham Festival 2019
The entire season builds up to staple races like The Festival and the Grand National. The season so far has presented many surprises which is to be expected in the world of horse racing. With only a few days to go, it is the perfect time to look into predictions and who everyone is talking about. Now we get closer to the big event much of the focus switches onto the jockeys.
Despite being away from racing since February 2019 Cheltenham legend Ruby Walsh has just announced he is fit and well to be back in action. The jockey is hoping to add to his 58 Cheltenham wins and has high hopes for the likes of Paisley Park and Faugheen. Other standout jockeys are too hoping for a win and there are certainly some pairings we should all look out for.
One worth mentioning is the pairing of Davy Russell and Presenting Percy. The two have been partnered together for a previous 13 races and there are certainly high hopes for what the two of them can do together at Cheltenham. A win with Presenting Percy will make Russell a third time champion at Cheltenham cementing his place in Cheltenham history.
Let’s not forget last year’s record breaking wins for female jockeys at The Festival. Highlights from 2018 saw the likes of Lizzie Kennedy, Katie Walsh, Bridget Andrews and Harriet Tucker all take home impressive wins from The Festival. Bryony Frost is hoping this will be the year she becomes the first female jockey to win a Grade One jumps race. We are hoping for much of the same from the star female jockeys at Cheltenham this year.
As the event draws closer there is so much to look forward to. Which jockeys will come out on top? We can’t wait to see.
Cheltenham Festival 2020
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We are now less than six weeks until the fantastic celebration of National Hunt racing at the Cheltenham Festival, and we can’t wait to get our glad rags on and enjoy the Spring sunshine at Cheltenham Racecourse. To build our excitement up for the event we’re going to be looking back at the history of the Festival.
The First Races at Cheltenham
The first races at Cheltenham date back to 1818, which saw horses from the local area tested on the famous Cleeve Hill which overlooks the current Prestbury Park course. The winner of the only race on that August day was five-year-old Miss Tidmarsh, owned by a Mr E. Jones.
The meeting was a success and proved popular among the many locals who turned out to see what was to become the Cheltenham Festival. The following year the single race was amped up to a three-day event, featuring a number of races, including the very first Cheltenham Gold Cup. A ‘real’ more permanent course was laid down on the ground, instead of the makeshift marking posts used before, and a grandstand was built on site, too.
The races at the Cleeve Hill racecourse proved incredibly popular, and news spread quickly over the following years. By 1828, the Cheltenham event had greatly outgrown what the organisers could have dreamed of, and was seeing crowds of over 50,000 attend the event.
The races formed part of a larger town carnival at Cheltenham and were a major attraction which brought in visitors to the fashionable spa town. In the evening in the town centre extravagant parties were held for the who’s who of the day, and during the daylight hours racing was the main focus of festivities with crowds attending to eat, drink, gamble and see sideshows at the course.
The racecourse moved to Prestbury Park in 1830 after a riot instigated by the local rector who was preaching of the evils of horseracing and gambling resulted in the whole Cleeve Hill track and its facilities being burnt beyond repair by arson.
The Prestbury Park location was disliked by racing fans for its limited vantage points over the course and by racing professionals for the poorer quality turf. The 700-capacity grandstand at the Park was soon abandoned and racing returned to the Hill soon after. Popularity in flat races, as they were at the time at Cheltenham, started to dwindle, and steeplechases became the fashionable race for many. The Cleeve Hill location was perfect for them, as it was one of the few steeplechase courses in the country which allowed racegoers to see the whole race from a single position near the winning field.
Prestbury Park wouldn’t see racing again until 1902, when over two decades after the land was sold back to racing enthusiast and Cheltenham Racecourse founder Mr W. A. Baring Bingham. He first used the ground as a stud farm and trained many great horses at the location.
Cheltenham Festival at Prestbury Park
Cheltenham Festival has its history in a prior event known as the National Hunt Meeting. The event was most known for its showcase race the National Hunt Chase. The race was a four-miler for amateur jockeys only and had historically changed venues frequently since its first running at Market Harborough in 1860.
The National Hunt Meeting was held at Prestbury Park in 1904 and again in 1905. It spent time at other racecourses before returning in 1911 and has stayed there ever since. The first Cheltenham Festival grandstand was constructed in the same year, and a private box was constructed too, which served ‘press and officials’ for the next 70 years.
By the 1920s, the original Cheltenham Gold Cup race had evolved into a three-mile steeplechase and was a major fixture in the National Hunt racing season. The first Champion Hurdle was introduced in 1927.
Both flat racing and steeplechases experienced a fairly significant a lull in popularity during this period of time, and horse racing needed a new star to bring back some of the fans it had lost. Cheltenham Festival was the proving ground of this star horse, Golden Miller, who won the Gold Cup five times during the 1930’s. These victories are often credited with the revival of the sport at the time, which has seen its popularity maintained until the present day.
In his 1934 season, aged seven years, Golden Miller won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year – an incredible first which has never been repeated to today. He won all five Gold Cups from 1932 until 1936, and was likely to take the 1937 title too but the race was rained off. Golden Miller retired in early 1939 with 28 wins from 52 races.
The history of Ireland’s large presence at the Cheltenham Festival was started in the post-war racing period, when Irish-trained Cottage Rake won the Gold Cup three years on the trot with trainer V. O’Brien. The horse won in 1948, ’49, and ’50 – the last of these he beat second-place Finnure by ten lengths.
Cheltenham Festival in the Modern Day
Cheltenham Festival has maintained its prominence and favourable place in fans hearts throughout the years. Throughout its different iterations on Cleeve Hill and Prestbury Park, the town has been a home of both flat and jumps racing for over two centuries.
It’s an integral part of the Gloucestershire economy, with each Festival generating over £100M for the local area. When you add in the prize funds of over £4.5M and the money from sponsorships, television deals and gambling the money changing hands at the Festival is almost unimaginable.
Despite this, the Festival continues to grow in size. In 2005, the Festival grew from three days to four, with six races held on each day. The highlight race of Tuesday, also called Champion Day, is the Champion Hurdle, and on Wednesday (Ladies Day) the main race is Queen Mother Championship Chase. St Patrick’s Thursday sees huge numbers of Irish horses and fans attend Cheltenham, and the main race of the day is the World Stayers Hurdle. Friday is the eponymous Gold Cup Day with the main race being held in the afternoon, following on from the Triumph Hurdle and the County Hurdle races earlier in the day.
The build-up to the Cheltenham Festival now dominates much of the entire National Hunt Season, with almost every race being seen as a set-up or trial for the March meeting. Attendance at the meeting now peaks well over the 250,000 mark, with Gold Cup day alone seeing over 70,000 racegoers delve on Cheltenham and fill it with excitement.
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We now have only two months left until the prestigious Cheltenham Festival Meeting. Excited? We certainly are. Thousands of racegoers will once again flock to Prestbury Park for the World’s Most Famous horse racing event. The four day event is set to be a showstopper. See some of the world’s most famous jockeys, trainers and owners all compete for the prestigious Gold Cup prize. We are now well into the “Road to Cheltenham” and there’s been plenty of excitement to keep us entertained. Have you been keeping up with the races at Cheltenham? There’s only one meeting remaining (Cheltenham Festival Trials Day) before the big one. A final chance to see who to watch out for at the big meeting in March.
With the entries for the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup now released, let’s take a look at who’s hoping for a Cheltenham win.
The 43 Cheltenham 2019 entries are:
1. ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS
2. AL BOUM PHOTO
4. ANIBALE FLY
5. BALKO DES FLOS
7. BLACK CORTON
9. BRISTOL DE MAI
10. CLAN DES OBEAUX
12. DEFINITLY RED
13. DON POLI
14. DOUBLE SHUFFLE
15. ELEGANT ESCAPE
17. GIVE ME A COPPER
18. INVITATION ONLY
20. KILLULTAGH VIC
21. MALA BEACH
22. MIGHT BITE
23. MINELLA ROCCO
24. MISTER WHITAKER
26. MONBEG NOTORIOUS
27. NATIVE RIVER
28. NOBLE ENDEAVOR
30. PRESENTING PERCY
32. ROAD TO RESPECT
33. SHATTERED LOVE
34. SIZING JOHN
35. SNOW FALCON
37. THE STORYTELLER
39. TOTAL RECALL
40. TOUT EST PERMIS
42. YALA ENKI
The 2019 Magners Gold Cup entries list breaks records with its highest number of entries since 2007. Three previous winners: Native River, Sizing John and Coneygree have made the list and their teams are no doubt hoping for a second win.
Top Contenders for Magners Gold Cup 2019
The 2017 champion Native River forms a strong entry for the Collin Tizzard group with Thistlecrack and Elegant Escape also being entered. Additionally, the previous runner up Might Bite has also been entered, despite a disappointing start to the season. Trainer Nicky Henderson sent the horse for a wind operation and is hoping Might Bite can return to his best form in the Gold Cup race.
The one to watch is number 30, the ante-post favourite Presenting Percy. Although he has not yet ran this season, his performance last year at the RSA Novices’ Chase was truly extra-ordinary. Proving that he certainly has what it takes to become a Cheltenham champion.
Of course, four time winning trainer Paul Nicholl’s also has a live contender in Clan Des Obeaux. His strong performance in the King George race certainly makes him a strong competitor. Although only young, he comes from a camp that knows what it takes to be victorious.
Willie Mullins also has a strong hand with his three entries: Kemboy, Al Boum Photo and Bellshill. Al Boum Photo had a successful return at Tramore, and Kemboy was successful in the Savills Chase earlier in the season suggesting it’s all to play for in March.
In summary, there’s plenty of exciting runners hoping for a Cheltenham Gold Cup win. Although we still have a while to wait until we see the confirmed line-up, the entry list certainly has people talking. Have you placed any bets yet? It’s anyone’s race and we can’t wait to see all the action unfold in March.
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