The Cheltenham Festival begins Tuesday, 10 March and continues to Friday, March 13 at Prestbury Park. The legendary horserace meeting will feature 28 fantastic races taking place across four incredible days of action. In other words, the Cheltenham Festival is the biggest race meeting in the United Kingdom and Ireland. it is also home to the Blue Riband of jumps races, the Cheltenham Gold Cup which has no equal in the sport.
As you will be aware, the Cheltenham Festival attracts 100,000s of fans from all over the world to Prestbury Park for the four day event. Millions of viewers tune in on television and live streams, along with bettors that wager millions across the week.
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The Cheltenham Festival has had some greats gallop across the hallowed grounds of the Cheltenham Racecourse. Many remember Cheltenham Festival races’ past winners for their incredible performances at Prestbury Park.
Cheltenham’s status as the biggest race festival in the UK and Ireland has made it the pinnacle of jumps racing. Winning horses become immortalised in Cheltenham Festival history. The festival’s marquee event, the Gold Cup, has the ability to make a horse truly memorable to fans and punters. Greats such as Golden Miller, Arkle, and Native River are remembered for their exploits at the Cheltenham Racecourse and winning the Gold Cup.
However, it isn’t just the Gold Cup that can make a horse memorable to the sporting public. Many of the races at the Cheltenham Festival are used as launching pads. A true great can be discovered by fans and punters ahead of other major race meetings such as the Grand National and Ascot. Cheltenham Festival races’ past winners have oftentimes gone on to win even more prize money and races in their careers.
Cheltenham Champion Day Past Winners
The festival starts off on Champion Day with seven incredible races. The top draw on the day is the Champion Hurdle, which sees top trainers deploy world-class racehorses in the event. The Champion Hurdle is for the fastest horses competing at the Cheltenham Festival as it is run over two miles. Founded in 1927, the Champion Hurdle’s past winners are a who’s who of horseracing. Five horses have won the race three times in a row. It is a remarkable record that shows just how strong these Cheltenham Festival races’ past winners were. The first horse to win the Champion Hurdle three times in a row was Hatton’s Grace followed by Sir Ken, Persian War, See You Then, and Istabraq. The race has also had other famous victors including two-time winners Bula, Night Nurse, and Sea Pigeon.
Cheltenham Ladies Day Past Winners
Ladies Day is on Wednesday, March 11 and sees seven more races take place at Cheltenham Racecourse. Fans head to the racecourse excited for all of the races, but none on Ladies Day get punters as perky as the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The race is over a short one mile and seven furlongs in length. Like the Champion Hurdle, it is a race that is for the quickest horses. At the finish line is a £400,000 prize purse with over £225,000 going to the winner. Jockeys and horses must also navigate 13 fences.
Former Queen Mother Champion Chase winners include Altior, Moscow Flyer, and Viking Flagship. All three of those horses won the Queen Mother Champion Chase on two occasions. However, Altior ran to victory in 2018 and 2019. This year, the horse will attempt to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase for a third consecutive try. But, all eyes will be on the Nicky Henderson trained horse.
Cheltenham St. Patrick’s Day Past Winners
Day three of the Cheltenham Festival sees the race meeting go green. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day brings a little luck of the Irish as the Guinness pours throughout the day. The Festival sees seven more exciting races with two that really catch the attention. Those races are The Stayers’ Hurdle and The Ryanair Chase. The two events bring out some of the top-ranked horses in Europe and winning one of the two races is a major feather in a trainer’s cap.
However, Big Bucks is the most successful horse in The Stayers’ Hurdle’s history. Big Bucks won the race a record four times. Both Baracouda and Galmoy won the race twice. Baracouda could have run to glory for a third time had it not been for a foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.
The Ryanair Chase is a recent addition to the Cheltenham Festival but in its short existence, has become one of the big races. Many of the horses that turn out for The Ryanair Chase are not speedsters making them unable to run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. In addition, they are not up to par for the Gold Cup. Still, they are rather remarkable runners. Past winners include Un De Sceaux and two-time winner Albertas Run.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Past Winners
The Gold Cup is the premier race during the four-day Cheltenham Festival. It features the best of the best in terms of horses, jockeys, and trainers. A horse that wins the Gold Cup become recognised as one of the top competitors in the sport. It is the Blue Riband jumps race and with over £625,000 in prize money, is the biggest race in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Golden Miller won the race five times during the 1930s, Arkle won the Gold Cup three times in a row in the 1960s, and Best Mate won the race three consecutive times between 2002 and 2004.
2019’s Gold Cup winner was Al Boum Photo ridden by Paul Townend.
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Al Boum Photo won the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup with a SP of 12/1. Second in the race was Anibale Fly with a SP of 22/1 while Bristol de Mai finished third with a SP of 18/1.
Pre-race favourites Native River and Clan Des Obeaux finished in fourth and fifth position respectively.
The most successful horse in Gold Cup history is Golden Miller. Golden Miller won the Cheltenham Gold Cup five times in the 1930s.
In recent times, Henrietta Knight won the Gold Cup three consecutive times with her horse Best Mate.
Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey of all time at Cheltenham Festival with a total 59 wins.
Ruby Walsh’s most successful year came in 2011 when the Irish jockey won five races including both Champion Hurdle races – a feat that has only be achieve once before in 1981 by John Francombe.
Barry Geraghty is the most successful jockey still active with 38 wins in total.
The most successful jockeys at Cheltenham Festival of all time are:
Ruby Walsh – 59 wins
Barry Geraghty – 38 wins
Sir A P McCoy – 31 wins
Pat Taaffe – 25 wins
Richard Johnson – 23 wins
Davy Russell – 22 wins
Richard Dunwoody – 18 wins
Charlie Swan – 17 wins
Fred Winter – 17 Wins
Robert Thornton – 16 wins
In the past five years, Nick Henderson has had the most wins with a total of 38 from 316 rides. This gives him a strike rate of 15.19%.
However, Gordon Elliott has the best strike rate across all trainers in the past five years with a 16.67% success rate from 150 rides.
In 2018 Gordon Elliott won eight races in total.