Nassalam wins Welsh Grand National

Cheltenham Festival: Nassalam to take part in Gold Cup?

A new contender for the Cheltenham Festival’s most prestigious race has emerged.

Excitement and anticipation are rapidly growing ahead of the 2024 renewal of the highly prestigious Cheltenham Festival, which is set to take place again at the equally historic and famous Cheltenham Racecourse. The action is set to take place over the course of four days, from Tuesday 12th March to Friday 15th March 2024.

Starting with the Cheltenham Racecourse itself, it has been hosting horse racing since 1815, when the first organised flat race took place on Nottingham Hill. Three years later, in August 1818, the first racing took place on Cleeve Hill. Ever since then, it has been hosting a plethora of prestigious events from the horse racing world, the most famous of which is the Cheltenham Festival.

The history of the Cheltenham Festival itself begins in 1860 when it was known as the Grand National Hunt Meeting. Interestingly, it was hosted at Warwick Racecourse until it was hosted at Cheltenham Racecourse in 1904.

It was actually in 1811 that it was decided that this race meeting would permanently remain at Cheltenham, where it has become synonymous. It is the Stayer’s Hurdle that is the oldest race still run at the Cheltenham Festival, but few would argue that the Gold Cup, founded in 1924, is the most iconic and prestigious.

It’s first winner was Red Splash, who was ridden to victory by Jockey Dick Rees on 12th March 1924. This would be the first of 3 total Cheltenham Gold Cup wins for Rees, who went on to win again in 1928 with Patron Saint and again in 1929 with Easter Hero. Easter Hero won it again in 1930, this time with jockey Tommy Cullinan.

Overall, the jockey with the most wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is currently Pat Taaffe with no less than 4 wins to his name. These wins came in 1964 (Arkle), 1965 (Arkle), 1966 (Arkle) and in 1968 (Fort Leney). Arkle is not the most successful horse in this race’s history. This honour is currently held by Golden Miller, who has a total of 5 wins, which came in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936.

The most recent winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup came in 2023, and that year’s winner was Galopin Des Champs, ridden by Jockey Paul Townend. This was Townend’s third career victory in this race, with his previous two coming in 2019 and 2020, both on board Al Boum Photo.

In 2024, a potential new contender for the Cheltenham Festival’s most prestigious prize has emerged in the last few days, and the horse goes by the name of Nassalam. Gary Moore trains Nassalam, and a recent result has particularly caught the eye.

This particular result came in the 2023 Welsh Grand National, which took place on Wednesday, 27th December 2023, at Chepstow. Trained by Moore and with Jockey Caoilin Quinn on board, Nassalam managed to emerge from the race with a truly incredible 34-length win, with Jonjo O’Neill Jr’s Iron Bridge and Dylan Johnson’s Iwilldoit rounding off the top three in second and third place, respectively.

The Mirror reports that Nassalam originally planned to skip Cheltenham in favour of the Aintree Grand National in April. However, the forecast of rain and the softened terrain has caused Trainer Gary Moore to potentially change his mind.

Moore said (via The Mirror): “If the weather was like it was last week – all it’s done is rain down here – then I would definitely speak to the owners about it. He’s now got a rating of 161 so, according to the handicapper, he should be in the Gold Cup.

“It depends on the weather but he’s a young and improving horse so his best days should still be ahead of him.”

It remains to be seen as to whether we will see Nassalam amongst the field contesting the 2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup, but it currently looks like there is certainly a strong possibility should the promised wet weather arrive.

Excitement and anticipation is growing rapidly ahead of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival at the iconic and historic Cheltenham Racecourse that gets underway on Tuesday 12th March 2024.

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