Races throughout the Season at Cheltenham

With the jump season almost upon us we look forward to some of the big races held at Cheltenham throughout the season. While the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the season for many a jump racing fan, Cheltenham hosts many other big races, outside of the four days in March. The beauty of attending meetings outside of the Festival is that you can still enjoy top class jump racing at headquarters with less crowds. Having a winner at Cheltenham is still special to owners, trainers and jockey while the winners of the big races throughout the season often put in a repeat performance and win at the Festival in March.

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BetVictor Gold Cup - November 17th 2018
Many people see Cheltenham’s November meeting as the true start to the jumps season. Held over 3 days, the highlight of the meeting is the BetVictor Gold Cup. Often run with a large, high-class field the BetVictor Gold Cup sees last season’s Novice Chasers meet seasoned campaigners for the first time in handicap company. The popular Splash of Ginge won in the pouring rain in 2017 with the winner often moving on to run in graded races later in the season.

The Unibet Greatwood Hurdle - November 18th 2018

Another highlight of the November meeting is the Greatwood Hurdle staged over 2 miles. The Greatwood draws a high class field with winners often going on to contest the Champion Hurdle, which takes place over the same course and distance, later in the season. Like the BetVictor Gold Cup the day before it sees last season’s Novice Hurdlers take on established older horses.

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The Unibet International Hurdle - December 15th 2018

An important race and part of the Unibet Road to Cheltenham series sees the 2 mile hurdlers take on the New Course. The race is the highlight of Cheltenham’s pre christmas spectacle the International meeting. The International is a recognised trial for the Champion Hurdle in March and attracts some of the best 2 Mile hurdlers around. The 2017 renewal saw My Tent Or Yours finally have his day in the sun beating 2016 winner The New One in a duel up the Cheltenham Hill.

Costwold Chase - January 26th 2019

The last day of racing before the Cheltenham Festival gives jumps fans some final clues before the big races in March. The Cotswold Chase is a recognised trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and last year was won by Definitly Red. In 2017, Grand National winner Many Clouds tragically lost his life after getting the better of Thistlecrack in a wonderful battle.

Cleeve Hurdle - January 26th 2019

The other feature race of Trials day is the Cleeve Hurdle which is run over the same course and distance as the Stayers Hurdle. Named after the hill which overlooks the course the Cleeve Hurdle is the recognised trial for the Stayers Hurdle and has a good record in producing the winner of the Stayers. Big Buck’s, probably the best 3 mile hurdler of all time, won the race twice before claiming success in March.