Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival - Spa Novices' Hurdle

Any race run on the final day of Cheltenham Festival is a big race and so is the Spa Novices’ Hurdle. This is a grade 1 National Hunt ranked race that admits four years and above aged horses. They compete over a three mile (4828 m) distance on the New Course.

A generous offering of £68,000 goes to the race winner while the rest share what remains of the £120,000 purse.

The Spa Novices, oft referred to as the Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle, has been existence for 12 years before the 2018 edition. It Achieved Grade 1 status in 2008. Its popularity among viewers make it one of the races with a good actual viewing from the stands.

Tony Mc’ Coy is the race’s leading jockey with three wins while the two wins by Jonjo O’ Neill make him the leading trainer.

Horses that compete in the Spa Novices are often angling for elite jump races like the Gold Cup.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival - Pertemps Final

The Pertemps Final was established in 1974. Since then, it has taken in tens of horses, becoming a mainstay at Cheltenham. It actually started out as Coral Golden but has undergone various name changes due to changes in sponsors. The name Pertemps came into play in 2002 and has been used
ever since. This Grade 3 race covers 3 miles and takes place at the New Course, Cheltenham. For horses to be able to participate, they have to be at least five years old. In order for horses to qualify for the race, they need to go through eight separate races over a period of 5 months, and only the best get to the final.

Jim Wilson is without a doubt the most famous jockey in this race, having cruised to victory on 3 separate occasions. In the 3 times he won, Wilson rode Willie Wumpkins, making Wumpkins the most successful horse in the race as well.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase

This race enjoys the privilege of a slot on the biggest day of the Cheltenham Festival despite being just a Grade III competition. It brings together racehorses of five years and more to fight for a £100,000 purse over two miles and half a furlong (3319 meters).

There are 14 fences to be cleared along this path in the Johnny Henderson, which closes the events and doubles up as the oldest race in the festival. It has been happening since 1834. Severalvariations have occurred over time but the basic structure of competition has remained the same.

Slightly older horses- eight to ten years specifically- are always the best bets to win this race. They have won over 60% of the race events held in the 21st century. Inexperienced five-year-olds are the worst bets, failing to take top honours sine as far back as 1946. British horses also tend to perform better than Irish ones (nine wins in the last 15).

Eight year old Don’t Touch It is the favourite to win the 2018 race, with similar 10-1 odds as 2017 winner Rock the World.