Friday, 28 April 2017

Cheltenham Festival - Festival Trophy Handicap Chase

Another old race at the Old Course on the opening day of the old festival. There is, however, nothing rusty about this race that forms part of the opening day events at the annual festival. Every year, horses of age five and above line up behind the gates and give the track a galloping as intense as if they were running the Gold cup.

This race is rated grade III by the National Hunt rankings. The ranking should however give no illusions about its quality. Competitors give their all as they round the three miles one furlong (5029 m) of turf in a bid to get the best of the £105,000 purse.

The horse-man team of Un Temps Pour Tout, Tom Scudamore (jockey) and Martin Pipe (trainer) swept both the 2016 and 2017 events to join the record ranks. Temps joined two other horses who have won the race twice, the other record having been set in 1983. The horse will be aged nine in the 2018 event and still in good shape to set a new record.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Cheltenham Festival - David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival enlists several races for female horses only. Among them is the David Nicholson Hurdles race that is run on the opening day of the four-day festival. It has proven to be a popular competition for mares seeking to go against the boys in subsequent competitions.

Mares must have attained the age of four years to become eligible for the David Nicholson Hurdle. They take to the Old course looking to complete a two miles and four furlongs distance (4005 m) with a £110,000 purse at stake. The winner takes around £60000 of this amount.

The race will be crossing its decade mark in the 2018 festival as it continues to build history for itself. Quevega remains the race’s most dominant horse having won six consecutive outings between 2009 and 2014. She was ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins the entire time. The duo enjoy a record six and seven wins respectively which they will look to extend at the 2018 event.