Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cheltenham Festival  known as a race for horses has been dated in the United Kingdom’s National Hunt race calendar. It is consist of battle prize money which comes second on Grand National. It is a special occasion wherein there are lots of best Irish and British-trained horse’s race, which seems very rare for the whole season.

This horse racing festival takes place in the month of March in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. The meeting is usually coinciding with the day of Saint Patrick and usually popular to visitors who have an Irish blood.

Cheltenham Festival features some Grade I races such as the champion Hurdle, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and many more and this is usually done for more than 4 days. Huge amount of cash are spent during the week of Cheltenham Festival along with more than hundreds of millions of cash wagered in the week.

Cheltenham is usually praised and remembered because of its atmosphere wherein it contains the most notable Cheltenham roar referring to the great amount of noise that the crowd has when the starter started to raise the tap to officially open the first horse race of the festival.

Going back to the ancient time,

The Cheltenham Festival started in the year 1860. It happened when the National Hunt Chase was first done at the Market Harborough. Later on, it was named as the Grand National Hunt Meeting and was able to take place in a number of different locations.

This is done because its 20th century institution was usually held at Warwick Race course.

In the year 1904 to 1095, it was placed at Cheltenham over those new courses that have been established in the year 1902 at Prestbury Park which previously take place in the year 1861 at Cheltenham. From the year 1906 up to 1910, this has been held at Warwick however there are major improvements and additions done by Messrs at Cheltenham.

The Pratt and Company was able to incorporate new stand as well as miles of drains in order to prevent tars from paving in the enclosures, the unsuitable racing grounds. The padlocks are also extended up to 35 saddling boxes which have been enough in order to prove in making the National Hunt Committee come up with a decision. On the 1911 meeting, it was again held at the city of Prestbury Park, Cheltenham – also the place where it stays present today.

The first ran of the Stayers Hurdle happened in the year 1912 which serves as the oldest in the history of Cheltenham Festival. The Gold Cup has been established in the year 1924 which mainly serves as the support for the County Hurdle and has been the main event for the first day but later on changed in the seasons that followed and became the championship race.

But for a long time, it has been used by the trainers as a form of preparation race for the upcoming Grand National. In the year 1927, the Champion hurdle has its first run meanwhile the Queen Mother Champion Chase has its first run in the year 1959 wherein both the championship races in that time were introduced.

Cheltenham Festival’s success continued today because of the great entertainment that it brings to those people who are horse racing enthusiasts as well as to those people who want to earn more money.

For the past years the festival started to expand wherein there has been more types of races added which brings a total of 26 races in the grade 1 events such as the Triumph hurdle, Champion Bumper, Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Arkle Challenge Trophy, Ryanair Chase, Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, RSA Chase, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle, Champion Hurdle, and the Gold Cup which serves as feature race.

Unlike those Royal Ascot as well as those other kinds of flat racing events in Ireland and Britain, the Cheltenham Festival doesn’t have the history of attracting a lot of international contenders even though those French-trained horses are doing well in the race as well as those Baracouda that are well-known because they are able to land in the World hurdle for two times.

However, despite of the success that the Cheltenham Festival has for the past years, there were several concerns regarding the number of equines, which are getting fatalities and injuries. In the year 2016, there were a total of 11 dead horses, wherein the decrease in the amount of runners in a particular race as well as those other re-sited areas are already consists of more difficult fences.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

On the opening day of its 2012 festival, there has been three horses that needs to be euthanized because of suffering from bone breaks or bone fractures which includes two horse during the Cross Country Chase which becomes as the second and then third equine fatalities which started in the year 2000. Aside from that, there are also other equine fatalities and incidents that follows in the succeeding years.

But despite those incidents, the Cheltenham Festival remains alive today which produces a number of top jockeys which made their own name in the field of horse racing. Some of them are Robert Tornton in the year 2007, Barry Geraghty in the year 2012 and the person who have the most consecutive wins was Ruby Walsh starting from the year 2008 up to present.

Cheltenham Festival becomes an iconic racing game in the past years because of the number of games it has to offer. As of today, it is still the much awaited event in the month of March wherein a lot of horse racing enthusiasts are looking forward for more exciting races as well as in spending and earning huge amounts of cash to the horses they bet for.

Cheltenham Festival seems becoming successful each year despite of some controversies and issues that were associated into it which only proves how strong betting game it is not only in Britain and Ireland but as well as in the other parts of the world.

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