Cheltenham Gold Cup Modern Times

The Cheltenham Gold Cup in Modern Times

Racing has been taking place at Cheltenham for over two hundred years when the first flat race took place at Nottingham Hill in 1815. A man called Frederick Cathcart was responsible for Cheltenham’s development into the home of Jump racing and became the most influential racecourse official of the 20th Century.

In modern days George Regal Transport has taken many groups to enjoy the racing with our popular Cheltenham Mini Bus Transfer service. And as Cheltenham is such a great facility for all, many of our clients use our services for corporate events at the Centaur Conference Centre as well as sporting days out.

The Modern Era

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival has grown immensely since its first beginnings and is now one of the prominent race meetings on the racing calendar. It has established itself as one of Britain’s premier sporting events alongside the likes of, The Open, Wimbledon, the FA Cup Final, and the British Grand Prix.

It was the 1980’s that really catapulted Cheltenham as a racing star with The Dickinson Famous Five and Dawn Run taking the Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double. At the end of the decade came along Dessie, the irreplaceable Desert Orchid who triumphed in the Gold Cup in the very worse of Cheltenham’s notorious conditions.

A new generation of racegoers was attracted to Cheltenham because of Istabraq and subsequently Best Mate, two of the finest horses ever to win the coveted trophy. Then along came Kauto Star to leave his mark forever in Cheltenham racing history by regaining the title in 2009.

The Success of Cheltenham Races

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival is the UK’s biggest sporting event in terms of generating revenue. And during the four days, an estimated fifty million pounds is generated for shops, pubs, hotels, and clubs in the local vicinity.

The 2005 Changes

2005 brought many changes to the Festival, it was the first year that had an additional day and offered six top-class races every day. On the first day, a new 3m 7f Cross Country Chase was added.

While the World Cup Hurdle is now the highlight on Thursday’s card the Gold Cup was moved to Friday along with the County Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival now is the very pinnacle of Jump racing and dominates the whole season. It even eclipses the famous Grand National as a top-quality Jump event with the best horses in the world on display.

The success of Cheltenham has helped to elevate Jump racing and has widened its popularity across the country and worldwide, to bring a new breed of horse racing enthusiast to enjoy this great sport. It also brings an exciting climax and focus to Jump racing that Flat racing has not got.  

If you are part of a group that wishes to have a fun day out at Cheltenham Races for any of their race meetings, why not contact George Regal Travel and we will ensure that you have a great time and arrive in plenty of time to enjoy all the fun.   

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