Welcome to the 2009 Cheltenham Holiday festival guide, your final online guide to the largest national hunt meeting in the UK. Punted as a clash between the Irish and British countrywide hunt fraternities, the 2009 Cheltenham Festival guarantees another year of fantastic jump racing. First held in 1902, the Cheltenham Festival has come to represent all that is best in state hunt racing : giant crowds, courageous racehorses and jockeys, a wide selection of races across the different state hunt formats and some of the most important gambling markets of the year.
It is an event where a lot of of the finest Brit and Irish trained horses race against one another, the extent being comparatively rare during the remainder of the season.
It occurs yearly in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It was in 1904 the first State Hunt Steeplechase was introduced to the festival. This race became called the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1924, when it was won by a pony called Red Splash.
The Gold Cup was the first of the 4 Championship races, before the Champ Hurdle was introduced in 1927.
The Queen Ma Champ Chase was introduced in 1959 before the Stayers Hurdle, the last of the championship was first run in 1972. In 2001 the Holiday was canceled due an outbreak of foot and mouth illness in the United Kingdom. In 2008 the second day of the holiday was canceled due to heavy hurricanes which hit Britain that week. The races prepared for that day were instead run on the Thu. and Fri.
Of the Festival.
The Holiday was historically run over the course of 3 days, but this modified in 2005 with the introduction of a 4th day.
For several years there were worries about the big number of wounds and fatalities to horses. This was brought to a head in 2006 when eleven horses died. In reply the racecourse reduced the quantity of runners in certain races and resited one of the more tough fences. However, some animal rights groups don’t accept this is enough.
The top jockey for the holiday is the jockey who wins the most races over the 4 days.
The winners since 1980 with wins in brackets are
- 2008 Ruby Walsh (3)
- 2007 Robert Thornton (4)
- 2006 Ruby Walsh (3)
- 2005 Graham Lee (3)
- 2004 Ruby Walsh (3)
- 2003 Barry Geraghty (5)
- 2002 Richard Johnson (2)
- 2001 Cancelled – foot & mouth
- 2000 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
- 1999 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
- 1998 Tony McCoy (5)
- 1997 Tony McCoy (3)
- 1996 Richard Dunwoody (2)
- 1995 Norman Williamson (4)
- 1994 Charlie Swan (3)
- 1993 Charlie Swan (4)
- 1992 Jamie Osborne (5)
- 1991 Peter Scudamore (2)
- 1990 Richard Dunwoody (2)
- 1989 Tom Morgan (2)
- 1988 Simon Sherwood (2)
- 1987 Peter Scudamore (2)
- 1986 Peter Scudamore (2)
- 1985 Steve Smith Eccles (3)
- 1984 Jonjo O’Neill (2)
- 1983 Graham Bradley (2)
- 1982 Jonjo O’Neill (1)
- 1981 John Francome (3)
- 1980 Jim Wilson (3)
Free Cheltenham Festival Tips
To start on your Cheltenham Festival betting you will need to pinpoint the runners for the different races, obtain access to a form guide and open an account with an internet sportsbook.
Form: Unless you’re gambling on the novice races at the Cheltenham Festival, form over the prior 2 seasons is the most trustworthy indicator of a pony’s prospects in any given race.
Going : Plenty of , but not all, racehorses show a leaning towards precise track conditions and will have a tendency to notch up the majority of their wins in particular conditions.
The track at Cheltenham Racecourse is doggedly described as good, that means you will need to choose out the horses with no preference for either harder or softer tracks.
Distance : the incontrovertible fact that events like the World Hurdle and Champ Hurdle draw such different fields points to the incontrovertible fact that horses have a tendency to specialise over certain distances. This will infrequently be the result of a surface preference, but can not be overlooked if you find a pony constantly excels or fails at Cheltenham racecourse.
With the horses new to the format it can be easily forgotten that these horses regularly come from careers in flat racing, as the retirement age in flat racing is mostly the age at which national hunt careers get in progress. This indicates that a beginner’s flat racing record can offer a valuable resource when attempting to forecast a beginner’s performance in any of the beginner events.
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