Under the 4 day Cheltenham Festival calendar currently in use, each day’s feature race is a championship race. These feature races are all Grade 1 races, but such is the quality of racing at the festival there are many more Grade 1 races throughout the 4 days. Do you know these Cheltenham Festival Feature Races Facts?
- Tuesday – Champion Hurdle (2 miles 1/2 furlong). This is the most well regarded National Hunt hurdles race of the year. For horses at least 4 years old. Eight hurdles have to be jumped to complete the race, which takes place on the Old Course. Five horses tie the record for most wins in this race, each winning three times in consecutive years – Hatton’s Grace, Sir Ken, Persian War, See You Then, and Istabraq.
- Wednesday – Queen Mother Champion Chase (2 miles). This National Hunt steeplechase which is run on the Old Course, is the most important minimum distance allowed chase in the National Hunt year. It’s for horses at least 5 years old, and twelve fences need to be jumped to finish the race. Only one horse has won at least three times – Badsworth Boy in 1983, 1984, and 1985.
- Thursday – Stayers’ Hurdle (3 miles). This is the leading National Hunt long-distance hurdles race of the season. Twelve hurdles need to be jumped to finish the race, and it is held on the New Course. Horses at least 4 years old can participate. The race became known as the Stayers’ Hurdle from 1972, but renamed the World Hurdle between 2005 and 2016. However, since 2017 it has reverted back to the Stayer’s Hurdle. Since 1972, only 1 horse has won at least four times – that’s Big Buck’s (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Infact, the jockey on each of those occasions was Ruby Walsh, who also won in 2017 on Nichols Canyon – his 5 wins make him the leading jockey since 1972.
- Friday – Cheltenham Gold Cup (3 miles 2 1/2 furlongs) – see our detailed Cheltenham Gold Cup article.
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