This three day meeting has become one of the most popular meetings on the Cheltenham calendar, second only to.. You guessed it, The Festival. The highlight of the three days is none other than the BetVictor Gold Cup Day on the Saturday.
So why has this meeting reached the heights of being one of the most popular meetings on the jumps calendar? Well, for me the answer lies in the venue it is hosted at, Cheltenham. Cheltenham, as claimed on their website “hosts the best jumping action in the world”. And it’s hard to argue against that. The rich history of horse racing in Cheltenham dates back to 1815, where unlike the racing Cheltenham has become synonymous for, races took place on the flat.
However, the races didn’t move to it’s current location on Prestbury Park until 1831. This was due to Cheltenham’s Parish Priest, Reverend Francis Close, preaching the evils of horseracing and aroused such strong feeling from followers that the original racecourse grandstand was burnt to the ground!
Amazing really that Cheltenham has bounced back from so much opposition in its early history to become the venue which hosts “the best jumping action in the world”. With that being said, what is some of the standout action we can expect this weekend?
Well, as previously mentioned Saturday hosts the standout day of the three days with the highlight race being the 2:25 BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap. A maximum field of 20 see’s the Grade 3 Handicap Chase run over 2 miles 4 furlongs and 78 yards and is run on the old course. current market leader Kylemore Lough, trained by Harry Fry, priced at 6/1. Followed closely in second by Tully East (7/1), trained by Alan Fleming. However, perhaps one to watch out for is Nicky Hendersons selection Gold Present who showed some real promise towards the end of last season and is currently priced at 12/1.
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