Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Gold Cup and Other Famous Cheltenham Races

Horse racing has been a passion for many years in Britain, it is loved by all from royalty to the common man. And as the years have passed classic races have captured the imagination of the public such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Grand National, the Oaks, and the Derby.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup sits at the very pinnacle of jump racing in Britain, both in terms of prize money and prestige. And here at George Regal Transport we have arranged many Cheltenham Mini Bus Transfers for groups attending the Gold Cup and other great races at this historic racecourse.

A trip to the races can be enjoyed by many different types of groups, from corporate parties to stag and hen parties and many other occasions such as birthday celebrations. But Cheltenham Racecourse does not only play host to the Gold Cup, it also holds other first-class races and meetings.

The Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1, National Hunt race, which is run on the New Course at the legendary racecourse. The event takes in twenty-two fences over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs.

Taking place every year in March, this world-famous steeplechase is open for the best five-year-old horses and older. The Gold Cup is often referred to as the Blue Ribbon even of all steeplechases around the world and is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain.

Horses that have won this auspicious race have included: Golden Miller, Arkle, L’Escargot, Best Mate and Kauto Star.

The World Hurdle

It is a testament to how important the Gold Cup Festival is to racing, that every day of the four-day festival has a world-class race. Day three hosts the World Hurdle, which is a race over three miles taking in twelve hurdles.

Once known as the Stayers’ Hurdle, this race is a test of endurance and stamina. The most recent horse to dominate the World Hurdle is Big Buck’s who is trained by Paul Nicholls and has won it four times on the bounce since 2009.

Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place on day two of the festival and is another premier race. This Grade 1 race is held over two miles and is the premier race of its kind over the minimum distance.

The race changed its name in 1980 to celebrate the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. And it always attracts a strong field of horses making it a highly challenging event.

Champion Hurdle

February is a fairly dormant racing month in terms of first-class racing as most trainers and stables are busy getting their horses ready for the Cheltenham Festival. And one day one at Cheltenham in March there is featured the glamorous and highly anticipated Champion Hurdle.

The race is the most prestigious of any hurdling event in the racing calendar. There are just a spartan eight hurdles to overcome over a distance of two miles and one hundred and ten yards.

Recent winners have included, Rock on Ruby, Hurricane Fly, and Hardy Eustace.

If you are thinking of attending the Cheltenham Festival as part of a group then let George Regal Transport take care of all your transport logistics, that way you can enjoy the great racing and have a fabulous day out.

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