Month: February 2018

Celebrating the Brilliance of the Cheltenham Festival

When thinking of big events in horse racing, people automatically think about the Kentucky Derby Festival or the Melbourne Carnival. The Cheltenham Festival (13th-16th March) probably does not get the same exposure around the world that it does in the UK and Ireland – but its uniqueness is really worth checking out. The Festival, which is held at Prestbury Park, Gloucestershire, UK, features 28 races of different national hunt (jumps) disciplines – a type of racing n usually confined to the British Isles. These include hurdles and (steeple)chases. The difference between the two is that a hurdle race involves jumping over a hurdle (usually a bush) and the chase usually involves a longer race with higher obstacles (usually fences) to navigate. Champion Chase and Gold Cup among Festival highlights The Cheltenham Festival includes some of the most prestigious events in national hunt racing, including the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. In total, there are 14 Grade 1 races, meaning only the best horses will compete. Cheltenham’s history stretches all the way back to the mid-nineteenth century, but it is now arguably bigger than ever. Around 67,000 fans will attend the races each day of the Festival, with millions more catching the action on television. The action is fast and furious, with the raucous racegoers providing one of the best atmospheres in...

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History of Cheltenham Festival

The hugely popular Cheltenham Festival is held every year in the month of March at Prestbury Park. It is the most highly anticipated horse racing event in the whole UK. All the best British and Irish trained horses gather at Cheltenham which is relatively rare during the rest of the season. Its prize money is second only to the Grand National. Cheltenham Gold Cup is its most popular race while the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle are also well-known races. Compared to the Grand National it is a little new, but still its history goes back to the 1860s when the event used to take place at the Market Harborough under the title Grand National Hunt Meeting. The event continued to be held at various locations. After 1911 though, the location of the festival has not been changed and it is taking place at Cheltenham to this day. Now the festival is very near again and will start from the 13th of March. It is the best place for all the bookmakers, punters and horeracing fans who wait most anxiously for this event during the rest of the year. For 4 days, all the best British and Irish horses and jockeys gather at the Prestbury Park for a huge £4.3 million in prizes. An average of about 62,000 people come to attend the festival every...

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Early History of the Grand National

The Grand National is one of the most famous steeplechases in the world. It is a prominent part of the British culture and is popular even among those who don’t watch or bet on horse racing. It is considered as the world’s most iconic horse race. Its history goes a long way back to the 1830s and it is the most valuable jump race in Europe. It is an ultimate test for both the rider and the horse who have to cover 4 miles and jump 30 fences. A maximum number of 40 horses can line up at the start of the race, and surprisingly only 40 percent become able to complete the race on average. The amazing racing event is near now and will be held in April. Punters are already debating the prospects of all the leading contenders for the Grand National 2018. Blaklion is looking as a clear favorite now while Total Recall and Native River are also looking good. For the Grand National, you will find all the news, views and tips at freebets which is the place where you can find everything about the Grand National betting. And for the finest Grand National free bets, you can find all the leading bookmakers here. You might like the offers of Paddy Power, Coral or William Hill. Paddy Power is offering the Non Runner No Bet...

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Arabian the Top NATRC Horse in 2017

Tezuby, a.k.a. Ted, a 17 year old chestnut Arabian gelding, owned and ridden by Jonni Jewell of Decatur, TX, was named the winner of the North American Trail Ride Conference’s (NATRC) highest award, the President’s Cup, at its 57th annual convention in Albuquerque, NM, on February 9-11, 2018.

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18-year-old super-stallion retires in emotional finale; Colombia’s Carlos Lopez finishes a close second ahead of Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders in third

In a fairytale finish to his fabulous career, the 18-year-old super-stallion Taloubet Z carried Christian Ahlmann to victory in front of their home crowd at the tenth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League in Leipzig, Germany today. Last to go in an edge-of-the-seat 15-horse jump-off it seemed it would be almost too good to be true if they could beat the rest of the world-class field at a show where they enjoyed so many successes over the years. But they did it and, in his usual style, the extraordinary Taloubet made it look...

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