Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is set in a charming little town, nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside, just a few minutes from the city of Gloucester and also accessible by train from Cardiff, London, and Birmingham. The Cheltenham Festival is a week-long celebration of horse-racing, held annually in March, in the town’s racecourse. It is one of the most important and well-attended events in the national hunt calendar, with thousands of eager fans flocking to the town to witness some of the biggest names in the sport. As well as some great sport on the show, there is an atmosphere of revelry about the town. If you want to know more about this captivating event and its biggest winners, then stay reading!

Most Successful Horse

The Cheltenham Festival has had a host of famous horses hallow its ground over the years, but to find the most successful, we must look back to the 1930s, when the horse ‘Golden Miller’ had a string of successes at this prestigious outing. Golden Miller was a thoroughbred horse who managed the unprecedented feat of winning five Cheltenham Gold Cups in a row. The Gold cup is the most important and highly valued race in the Cheltenham Festival. He was at his most dominant from 1932 to 1936. What’s more, he is to date the only horse to have won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year, something that most jockeys and trainers can only dream of!
The Cheltenham Festival has long been known as a showcase from brilliant Irish horses, and Golden Miller was one of the most excellent examples of this. He was sired in County Meath in 1927 and made his steeplechase debut at Newbury racecourse in 1931. He would go on to have a glittering career, even setting a new course record at Aintree! When he was retired in 1939, he had an impressive 29 wins. He was so successful and beloved that today a Golden Statue of him stands at Cheltenham racecourse, to commemorate his achievements.

Leading Jockey

Many of the leading national hunt jockeys in history have graces the course at the Cheltenham Festival, but undoubtedly the honor of leading jockey falls to the Irishman Ruby Walsh. Over his gilded career, he has racked up an incredible 32 wins at the Cheltenham Festival. This is seven more than his nearest rival, Tony McCoy. Equally impressively, he has won the coveted title of ‘leading jockey’ at the festival six times! Some of his most famous wins at the festival have come on well-known horses like Hurricane Fly. In both 2009 and 2016, he rode an astounding seven winners over the four-day festival, a feat which is has been unprecedented so far. His career is so filled with highlights and records that it is impossible to list them all here.
Ruby Walsh comes from County Kildare in Ireland, a county well known for producing top-class jockeys and horses. He also has a pedigree in the horse-racing field, as his father was a successful amateur jockey before him. After 24 years in the saddle, Ruby announced his retirement in May 2019. He ended on a high, after winning his 231st Grade 1 horse race!

Leading Trainer

There are many talents a good trainer must possess, including patience, an intimate knowledge of horses, and bucket-loads of intuition. All these were traits that Tom Dreaper, the leading Trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, had in abundance. Tom Dreaper, has trained three separate horses to success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, including one of its most famous ever winners, Arkle. Arkle won an impressive 3 Gold Cups in a row. He also had notable successes with Prince Regent, at both the Cheltenham Festival and the Irish and English Grand Nationals.
Tom Dreaper was born and raised in Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland, before rising to such fame in the horse racing world. He briefly raced horses himself in the 1930s, but a significant injury from a fall left him unable to continue after 1938. This lead to him training horses, which in the long run would bring him much greater success. In total, he trained an awe-inspiring 26 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, which includes winners of the Gold Cup, the Arkle challenge trophy, and the Champion Chase. To this day, he remains the festival’s leading trainer.

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