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January 07 2014

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History of the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival was started as far back as 1902 when there were just a few races held over a period of three days. Did you know that the races were initially held at Nottingham Hill which is located near Cheltenham? This race track was destroyed by a group of vigilantes led by a priest who believed that horse racing was among the greatest evils in the world.

This is when the entire festival was moved to Cheltenham and was renamed the Cheltenham Festival. Like I mentioned earlier, the festival was initially spread only over three days and it was only in 1904 that the 1st National Hunt steeple chase was organized over a distance of four miles. It was only in the year 1924 that the event got its own name & it was a short three years later that the Champion Hurdle race was introduced. It took another 32 years for the Queen Mother Champion Chase to be introduced in 1959 and it was another 13 years before the World Hurdle was introduced in 1972. The World Hurdle remained the most awaited race of the entire festival ever since its inception and was later renamed as the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Even today, it is still the most prestigious horse racing event and the first ever winner of this cup was the horse Red Splash which was ridden by Dick Rees at the time.

Over the years, there have been a number of races added to the roster and it was only a few years ago in 2005 that the duration of the event was increased to four days. This spectacular event is easily one of the biggest in the world of horse racing and attendance at the festival can easily cross the 200,000 mark.

The Festival has been held every year since 1902 with exceptions only being made on 5 occasions. In 1932, the event was cancelled because of a frozen race course. In 1937 the event was cancelled because of floods. In the years 1943 and 1944, the event was cancelled because of the 2nd World War and more recently the event was cancelled in 2001 because of the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in Britain.

The dates of the festival are usually set to coincide with St. Patrick's Day and the beautiful horses that run at the event are amazing. And with so many amazing creatures including the likes of Bobs Worth, Long Run, Big Buck, Sir Des Champs, Rock on Ruby and Hurricane Fly set to run at the festival, 2014 surely is going to be one of the most incredible events so far. So don't waste any more time. Book your tickets today.

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