Horse racing has always been very popular in Great Britain and generates a lot of money for the British economy. It’s a sport with a very long history across the world – it’s said that many of its traditions and rules in the country originated from the Romans. However, there are some some races in the UK that hold a certain prestige.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious race of the National Hunt calendar and is the most valuable non-handicap chase in the UK. It takes place on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival, bringing together the best horses from the UK and Ireland. Horses and their jockeys jump 22 fences and cover a distance of 3m2 1/2 f in order to complete the race. This year, the Cheltenham Gold Cup will take place on 15th March at Cheltenham Racecourse in England.
To win this race, horses need a lot of stamina, plus the ability to jump with fluency. Arkle, Golden Miller, and Best Mate are some of the most successful and famous names in the history of the race – Golden Miller won five times, while Arkle and Best Mate both won three times.
Presenting Percy, Clan Des Obeaux and Native River are running as the top favorites to this year. If you have a good idea about who’s going to win the race, then you can place a bet by using the Freebets site. You can get all the finest Free Bets for Cheltenham 2019, along with all the best offers and promotions from the top bookmakers – you can receive 25/1 for Might Bite to win the Gold Cup with Coral, while with Paddy Power you can get 2/1 for Native River to win the cup. You should also check out Betfair, which is giving 70/1 for Might Bite to win the Gold Cup.
Some bookmakers are offering the non-runner, no bet offer especially for the Cheltenham Festival. Avail this offer on the Stayers Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, and Gold Cup races with Betfred. Betfair is giving this offer on all the Championship races and Paddy Power is covering all the 28 races with their non-runner, no bet offer.
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The Grand National is the most famous jumps race in the world. It can boast of a long history, having started in 1839. The first race was won by a horse named Lottery and jockey Jem Mason. William Lynn, the proprietor of the Waterloo Hotel, was the founder of the race who leased land in Aintree from the second Earl of Sefton for this purpose.
The popularity of the Grand National is vast. The huge prize fund – £1 million in 2017 – attracts some of the best horses and jockeys to Aintree every year.
The Grand National takes place once a year in April at Aintree Racecourse. It’s known for its difficult fences, which often cause horses to fall. The first racehorse to cover the 4 miles 514 yards by jumping all the 30 fences along the way wins the race. Red Rum is the most famous Grand National racehorse, winning three Grand Nationals in total, while Aldaniti, Ginger McCain and Jenny Pitman are also very popular Grand National horses.
Queen Mother Champion Chase
The National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase was renamed as the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 1980 to give tribute to the Queen Mother. The race comprises of 12 fences and, as its former name suggest, a distance of 2 miles. The race happens in March during the Cheltenham Festival. Moscow Flyer (2003 and 2005 winner) and Master Minded (2008 and 2009 winner) are the most famous horses to have earned the trophy.