6 Of The Greatest Moments In Cheltenham Festival History
Known as the Olympics of jump racing, the Cheltenham Festival is that week of the year when all National Hunt enthusiasts flock to the Cotswolds to see their favourite horses on the track. Outsiders may not understand the fuss, but if you live for jump racing, here are 6 of the greatest moments in Cheltenham Festival history you should know about. If you were interested in going to a different horse racing festival these Grand National free bets could serve you well.
- When Arkle Won the Gold Cup in 1964
Arkle is one of the most famous horses that wrote Cheltenham’s Festival history, but this when the star was born. At the festival in 1964, all odds were in favour of Mill House, Great Britain’s defending champion. Few expected Mill House to meet its match in Arkle, the Irish horse who showcased all his worth and won the Gold Cup. Throughout his career, Arkle won two additional Gold Cups at Cheltenham Festival as well as a King George and an Irish Grand National.
- When Dawn Run Won the Gold Cup in 1986
Cheltenham Festival has been a place for stallions to showcase their grit and abilities, and until 1986, no more challenged their victory. Until Dawn Run, that is, who became the first mare in the festival’s history to complete not only the Champion Hurdle but also the Cheltenham Gold Cup double, trotting home with a Gold Cup to its name. Ridden to success by Jonjo O’Neill, Dawn Run demonstrated once again that Irish horses rock Cheltenham Festival.
- When Best Mate Won Its Third Gold Cup in 2004
Fast-forward 18 years, it is Best Mate’s time to demonstrate that horses trained in the UK can also write history at Cheltenham. Matching Arkle’s performance, this hugely popular chaser won its third Gold Cup in 2004.
- When Norton’s Cup Upset the Odds in 1990
If sports betting is tricky, betting at the races is even trickier. As Norton’s Cup showed us back in 1990, when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup against all odds. The odds favourite, Desert Orchid, only managed to finish third, leaving quite a few people upset. And not only because he didn’t win, but because Norton’s Cup actually managed to cross the finish line in record time, more precisely, in six minutes and a half.
- When Kauto Stars Made History in 2009
It is quite unusual for a horse to win the Cheltenham Cup again after it won it once rather than lost. Nevertheless, Kauto Stars managed to surprise everyone when it won the Gold Cup in 2009, winning against its rival Denman.
- When Bryony Frost Won A Grade 1 at the Festival in 2019
The Cheltenham Festival has historically been ruled by men, in the form of human or horses. And even if the first mare won her Gold Cup in 1986, women jockeys didn’t enjoy much success. Until Bryony Frost came around. This amazing jockey won her first Foxhunter Chase at the Festival in 2017, and only two years later, she managed to win the Grade 1 race over obstacles riding Frodon – the first woman jockey to ever win a Grade 1 at Cheltenham Festival.