15th - 18th March 2011
Dubbed 'The Olympics of Horse Racing' this four day event is the most anticipated National Hunt Races meeting of the year. Taking place in the third week of March each year, the Cheltenham Festival attracts enormous crowds and sees millions of pounds exchange hands in a lively betting scene. No matter whether novice or seasoned jumper, every available great chaser and hurdler aspires to make his or her mark in Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup
This race is the single most prestigious National Hunt event hosted in the United Kingdom; spectators and racing professionals anticipate the running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for months, observing the preliminary races and preparing the finest jumpers their stables have to offer. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is deeply rooted in UK racing history, being first run - albeit as a flat race - in 1819 before being converted to a jump race in 1924.
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Currently sponsored by the Smurfit Kappa Group, the Champion Hurdle is considered the most prestigious Hurdling event of the UK jump season. It awards a solid purse of £370,000 to the winner, this fixture attracts the finest jump horses of the season without fail.
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Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is established as the top minimum-distance hurdling event in the United Kingdom, awarding a purse of whopping £320,000 and allowing entry to horses aged five years and over.
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Considered the United Kingdom's most accomplished long-distance hurdle event, the World Hurdle has been named the featured race of Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival and attracts only the finest jump horses of the season.
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Cheltenham Racecourse, located in Prestbury, Gloucestershire, is a popular English racing track that hosts some of the biggest Hunt racing meets each year. The town of Cheltenham is often regarded as the home of National Hunt racing, due to the racecourse hosting the four-day Cheltenham Festival, which features the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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