Cheltenham Festival is coming

The most important part: horse racing betting


Let’s discuss one of the most exciting parts of the preparation for the Cheltenham Festival!

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Some facts about Cheltenham Festival


Added to the National Hunt racing calendar, Cheltenham Festival is a four-day event hosted by Cheltenham Racecourse. According to the prize fund, it takes second place of all horse racing events in the UK, second only to Grand National. This year the Festival takes place from the 14th of March to the 17th of march.

The event was named Grand National Hunt Meeting when first set in 1860. It used to be hosted in several locations, but since 1911 it is held in Prestbury Park, Cheltenham.

Since 1860, the festival was cancelled only once in 2001 due to the outbreak of FMD (Foot-and-mouth disease). The disease affected more than 2,000 farms across the United Kingdom. More than 6 million ships and cows were euthanised, and all the horse racing events in the UK were called off to stop the disease.


The most anticipated races


Traditionally, Supreme Novices and Champion Hurdle make up the most attractive events on the first day for visitors. The favourite, for the Supreme Novices is Facile Vega and Constitution Hill for Champion Hurdle.

On the second day, the most competitive rivalry will occur at Champion Chase and Cross Country, Energumene and Delta Work being the favourites.

The third day will be remarkable for Ryanair Chase, where Fakir Doudairies is likely to take the trophy and Stayers’ Hurdle with Blazing Khal contenders for first place.

The most prestigious Gold Cup race takes place on the 4th day of competitions, and Galopin Des Champs is considered the most obvious contender to be awarded.


The top list of favourites is based on the bookie rates, so take advantage of the current odds because the dark horse isn’t always that obvious.

Remarkable jockeys


Here are the best performers in the horse racing history of Cheltenham. Check these out to make the most out of the races!

Ruby Walsh twice won Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2007 and 2009, riding the same horse. Also, he has a streak of winning the most races over the four days on five festivals in a row, from 2013 to 2017. He won 7 races during the event, and this result hasn’t been surpassed yet, since 2016.

Tony McCoy, was twice awarded Jump Ride of the Year. In 2009 he won William Hill Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival, and in 2012 he won Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Who was the last jockey to complete the Champion Hurdle – Cheltenham Gold Cup double?

Who was the last jockey to complete the Champion Hurdle – Cheltenham Gold Cup double?  Along with the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle, the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup are ‘championship’ races in their respective divisions of National Hunt racing, run during at the Cheltenham Festival in March each year. Obviously, winning one race or the other is a notable achievement for any jockey no matter the cheltenham betting odds, but winning both races in the same season is an extraordinary accomplishment.

Indeed, the last jockey to complete the Champion Hurdle – Cheltenham Gold Cup double was Sir Anthony McCoy who, having won the National Hunt Jockeys’ Championship twenty years running and broken just about every record in National Hunt racing, was no stranger to ‘extraordinary’ accomplishments. At the 1997 Cheltenham Festival, McCoy, who was, at the time, stable jockey to Martin Pipe, won the Champion Hurdle on Make A Stand, trained by Pipe, who made all the running to win, unchallenged, by 5 lengths. In the Cheltenham Gold Cup, McCoy rode Mr. Mulligan, trained by Noel Chance, in preference to two, shorter-priced, Pipe-trained entries; his decision proved correcr and he was rewarded with a comprehensive 9-length win n the largely unconsidered 20/1 chance.

How many Cheltenham Festival winners has Alan King trained?

Assistant to twice champion trainer David Nicholson until his retirement in 1999, Alan King moved to his current base at Barbury Castle Stables in Wroughton, near Swindon, Wiltshire in 2000. Since then, he has sent out a total of 15 Cheltenham Festival winners, although the most recent of them was Uxizandre – who was, coincidentally, Tony McCoy’s last Festival winner – in the Ryanair Chase in 2015.

Of the four main ‘championship’ races at the Festival, King has won the Stayers’ Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle once apiece, with My Way De Solzen (2006), Voy Por Ustedes (2007) and Katchit (2008) respectively. Indeed, all three of those horses were, or became, multiple Cheltenham Festival winners; Voy Por Ustedes had won the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 2006, Katchit had won the Triumph Hurdle in 2007 and My Way De Solzen went on to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy, again, in 2007.

Katchit was particularly notable, insofar as his victory in the Champion Hurdle was the first by a Triumph Hurdle winner since Kribensis in 1990 and the first by a five-year-old since See You Then in 1985. In 2013, in what is often one of the most competitive races of the entire Cheltenham Festival, the Coral Cup, King achieved a notable training feat by saddling the 33/1 winner, Medina, and the 14/1 second, Meister Eckhart.

Since 2000, which was the longest-priced winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle?

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, run over 2 miles and 87 yards on the Old Course at Cheltenham, is the first race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. As such, the runners are greeted by hullabaloo from the grandstands, dubbed the ‘Cheltenham Roar’, as the starter raises the tape.

The 2001 renewal of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was cancelled, as was the Cheltenham Festival as a whole, due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. However, in twenty runnings since, the longest-priced winner was Ebaziyan, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Davy Condon, who prevailed at odds of 40/1 in 2007. Indeed, Mullins, who is the leading trainer in the history of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, has saddled six of his seven winners in that period.

Nevertheless, as far as starting price is concerned, Ebaziyan was something of an exception; along with Arcalis, at 20/1 in 2005, and Labaik, at 25/1 in 2017, he is one of just three horses in the last two decades to have won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at odds longer than 12/1. Of the remaining seventeen winners, five were sent off favourite – including the only odds-on winner, Appreciate It, in 2021 – and another eight were returned at single-figure prices. Of course, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 contest run at level weights, apart from weight-for-age and weight-for-sex allowances, so it is no great surprise that outsiders are something of a rarity.

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