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 in 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 the Cheltenham jump races of 2019 there was an impressive 266,000 attendance.
You can also check out The Grand National jump horse race in April
Cheltenham 2019 Races Results
The 2019 races at Cheltenham began at 10:30 with the gates opening. Our focus will be on these 4 races:
– Champions Hurdle (Tuesday, 15:30 local time, £450,000 purse)
-Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Wedensday, 15:30 local time, £400,000 purse)
-The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Thursday, 14:50 local time, £350,000 purse)
-Cheltenham Gold Cup (Friday, 15:30 local time, £625,000 purse)
Champions Hurdle 2019 Result
At 16-1 Espoir D’Allen was nearly no one’s flutter. The horse ridden by Mark Walsh surprised everyone and gave trainer Gavin Cromwell all the reasons to smile. Melon with 20-1 and Silver Streak with 80-1 came after respectively.
It wasn’t the favourite Buveur D’Air day as the horse fell in the third hurdle.
Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase 2019 Result
Day 2 saw the bookies favourite Altior (trained by Nicky Henderson) with a convincing final run to 1 spot. Min came in second and God’s Own completes the top 3.
The Ryanair Steeple Chase 2019 Result
The Ryanair chase was an historic race. The jockey Bryony Frost riding Frodon is the first women female to have victory in a Cheltenham Festival G1 race. Her brilliant race left no doubt about her victory.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 Result
AI Boum Photo is the sensational winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019. With 12/1, not many gave the horse trained by Willie Mullins a chance for victory. AI Boum Photo proved what it takes to win the most illustrious competition of the Cheltenham jump races.
Cheltenham Festival 2018 Results
Buveur D’Air provided another winning performance of the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Festival. He beat Melon and Mick Jazz respectively.
Day 2 went to Ireland again as Altior raced ahead of Min and God’s Own.
Townend rode a magnificent race to win the Stayers’ Hurdle on day 3 with Supasundae and Wholestone trailing behind.
The highlight of the week was the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, which was won by Native River after finishing 3rd in 2017.
Champion Hurdle result 2018
1st Buveur D’Air 8-15, 2nd Melon 16-1, 3rd Mick Jazz 33-1
Queen Mother Champion Chase result 2018
1st Altior 11-10, 2nd Min 7-2, 3rd God’s Own 50-1
Stayers’ Hurdle result 2018
1st Penhill 9-1, 2nd Supasundae 11-2, 3rd Wholestone 14-1
Cheltenham Gold Cup result 2018
1st Native River 9-2, 2nd Might Bite 10-3, 3rd Anibale Fly 28-1
Cheltenham Race course
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The first race meeting in Cheltenham was for flat racing and took place on Nottingham Hill in 1815. Three years’ later, the first 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 at Cheltenham Racecourse 67 years later.
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 oponed 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.
Tickets sell fast for the best four days of National Hunt racing in the world so don’t delay – reserve your Cheltenham tickets today!