Cheltenham Festival is regarded as the world’s most popular national hunt racing event. The four day meeting in March is said to attract around 230,000 racegoers year on year. From novice to avid race goer thousands flock to Prestbury Park in hope of seeing some Cheltenham magic in action.
The highlight of the meeting is undoubtedly Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, the biggest day of the entire season. The Gold Cup race is the one everyone looks forward to. Over the years we have seen many extraordinary wins and devastating losses at Cheltenham.
Since its early beginning in 1860 Cheltenham Festival has gone on to be a staple event in the horse racing world, creating once in a lifetime memories for all to enjoy. Ahead of the upcoming Cheltenham Festival, we have compiled the Most Iconic Moments at Cheltenham Racecourse that celebrate the wins of some great champions.
Arkle Wins 1964 Dual
In 1964 many were lucky to witness one of the greatest races ever between Great Britain’s best runners; Arkle and Mill House. The defending champion Mill House had met his match with Arkle in 1964’s racing season.
With a five length finish, Arkle dominated the race beating the favourite and previous winner at odds of 7/4. This was the year where the great Irish winner really made a name for himself, with many referencing to a “star being born”.
Following that iconic win, Arkle went on to have a truly impressive racing career. Arkle started as the favourite to win for every other race that followed. He will long be remembered as an iconic horse with three Gold Cup wins, a King George and Irish Grand National victory.
Five Winning Horses for Michael Dickinson
1983 saw arguably one of the most iconic moments in Cheltenham Festival history. Trainer Michael Dickinson was the first and only trainer to have five of his horses finish in the top five. At only 33 years old the trainer achieved the unimaginable. The Dickinson camp truly came out on top from this race.
The whole racecourse was stunned by such an achievement. The winning horse from the “famous five” was Bregawn. Since the victory, the Dickinson team spoke of how the race was hard on the winning horse and would now be considered as excessive use of the whip. They stated that at the time there was only one Gold Cup and they wanted the win.
Dickinson’s triumph is unlikely to ever be reciprocated.
A Double Win For Dawn Run
Best known for her successes at Cheltenham, Dawn Run is regarded as the most successful race mare in National Hunt Racing history. The first win came in 1984 where she won the Champion Hurdle and the second in the 1986 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Her achievements are long remembered within the horse racing circuit, due to the history she made. She still stands as the only racehorse to win both the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. She was the second mare in history to win the Champion Hurdle and at the time one of only four who had previously won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Her impressive racing ability and skill will long be remembered. She was a popular horse that saw a cheer like no other as she returned to the winner’s enclosure following her second win.
Dessie Wins The 1989 Gold Cup
One of the nation’s most popular runners formerly named as Desert Orchid ran to victory in the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup Race. The grey horse managed to secure a successful victory despite the testing racing conditions. With torrential rain hammering down on the Cheltenham Racecourse his trainers considered pulling him out of the race.
Dessie had a successful racing career, particularly at Kempton. With the horse more familiar with 2m chase races the Gold Cup Race seemed somewhat of a stretch for the horse. However, this didn’t stop him from winning.
With the nation behind him and the crowd cheering him on the great horse was only more determined to win. In an exciting finish with Yahoo, the people’s favourite Dessie gave the whole crowd what they wanted, a Cheltenham win.
The Victorious Underdog
Norton Coin is best known for his triumphant and unbelievable 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup win. The racehorse shot to victory at odds of 100/1 ridden by jockey McCourt. The horse ran a steady race throughout remaining closely behind the main contenders for the majority of the time. Coming up to the final stretch Ten Of spades fell which put Norton Coin in a close third. The previous champion Dessie began to tire and at the final fence it was race between Norton Coin and Toby Tobias.
Norton Coin led to victory winning by three quarters of a length. Finishing with a time of 6 minutes and 30.9 seconds he broke records. What a great triumph for the outsider which further highlights the magic that can happen at Cheltenham.
They are just five of the most iconic moments from Cheltenham Festival. All of which celebrate world class racing and impressive talent. This is just a small look into all the great that can happen at Cheltenham. The event is steeped in history, achievement, and success all of which contribute to the popularisation of the race. Cheltenham Festival will long be remembered for showcasing some of the world’s greatest horses, trainers and jockeys and putting them on a platform for the whole world to see.
Cheltenham Festival 2019
We are lucky to be able to still witness first class racing at Cheltenham Racecourse with the year on year Festival. In 2018 we saw Native River take the crown in the 90th Annual Running of the Gold Cup race. What can we expect from the 2019 meeting?
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