Cheltenham Festival-Top Steeplechase Race
The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt racing season in the UK. It takes place in March every year at the Cheltenham racecourse.
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The Races of Cheltenham Festival
The best horses from Britain and Ireland compete over four days for championship races over a variety of distances. The highlight of the week is the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the closing Friday, the Blue Riband event of the steeplechasing year.
The other feature races of the week are The Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase and The World Hurdle. Total prize money exceeds £4 million during Cheltenham Festival week with hundreds of millions of pounds being wagered.
The start of the first race on the opening day is greeted by the famous “Cheltenham roar” as the huge crowd cheers the runners on their way.
In 2019, there was an impressive 266,000 attendance at the Cheltenham festival.
Cheltenham Race course
The first race meeting in Cheltenham was for flat racing and took place on Nottingham Hill in 1815. Three years’ later, the races took place on Cleeve Hill.
Over the course of the next ten years, the popularity of racing at Cheltenham grew rapidly with crowds of 30,000 attending the annual two-day July meeting.
The feature race was a three-mile race on the flat called the Gold Cup, a forerunner of today’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. The racecourse moved to Prestbury Park in 1831 and steeplechasing began 67 years later.
You can also check out The Grand National jump horse race in April
Cheltenham Racecourse has two separate tracks that run alongside each other, the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course is notable for its awkward downhill fence that is often known to change the outcome of a race. It also has a longer run-in for chases than the Old Course.
Cheltenham Racecourse opened its new, five and a half storey grandstand, the Princess Royal Stand. It opened on the first day of The Open, Friday 13th November 2015, on time and on budget. The grandstand is the final part of a £45 million redevelopment of the course.
There are around 700,000 visitors to the Cheltenham racecourse during the year. The festival meeting is estimated to boost the local economy by as much as £50m.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 Runners and Odds (Ante Post)
25 runners are in the 2020 gold cup (subject to changes), including 2019 winner Al Boum Photo and 2018 winner Native River.
Pick Your Runner
- Kemboy – 5/1
- Al Boum Photo – 8/1
- Lostintranslation – 9/1
- Santini – 10/1
- Altior – 12/1
- Delta Work – 12/1
- Presenting Percy – 16/1
- Clan Des Obeaux – 16/1
- Cyrname – 20/1
- Tiger Roll – 20/1
- Native River – 20/1
- Frodon – 25/1
- Benie Des Dieux- 25/1
- La Bague Au Roi – 25/1
- Anibale Fly – 33/1
- Footpad – 33/1
- Bristol De Mai – 33/1
- A Plus Tard – 40/1
- Master Dino – 40/1
- Sizing John – 40/1
- Kildisart – 50/1
- Tout Est Permis – 50/1
- Champ – 50/1
- Vinndication – 66/1
- Cabaret Queen – 100/1
Tickets sell fast for the best four days of National Hunt racing in the world so don’t delay – reserve your Cheltenham tickets today!