The History of Cheltenham Festival

Since Cheltenham Festival 2016 tickets are already available for purchase, it is good to have a little background about this extravagant and widely popular festivity. The Cheltenham Festival is a racing event in which the best of Irish-trained and British-trained horses race in the United Kingdom. It is a National Hunt wherein gamblers place bets almost as huge as those wagered in the Grand National – hundreds of millions of pounds.

The annual Cheltenham Festival is set in March at the Cheltenham Race Course in Gloucestershire. The following events take place: Champion Hurdle, World Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The festival is officially known as the National Hunt Meeting. It began in 1860 at the Market Harborough and took place in many other locations including Warwick. The race was played in Prestbury Park, Cheltenham since 1911. The main event is the Gold Cup, which started in 1924. The Champion Hurdle was introduced in 1927 and the Queen Motehr Champion Chase began in 1959.

The festival usually lasted for three days but in 2005, the organizers included another day for a championship run. The climax of the festival is the Gold Cup. Cheltenham Festival 2016 tickets entitles you to enjoy watching and betting on the said races along with more than 230,000 racegoers. In addition to the existing races, the following events were included: Triumph Hurdle, Champion Bumper, Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, Ryanair Chase, RSA Chase and Arkle Champion Trophy.

Holders of Cheltenham Festival 2016 tickets will be happy to know that the organizers make sure that the Festival always pushes through. The Cheltenham Festival has only been postponed twice: in 2001, when there was an epidemic outbreak of a local foot-and-mouth disease and in 2008, because of heavy storms.

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