17 February 2012

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the second most prestigious event in the racing calendar, with only the Grand National attract larger crowds and cash prizes. It is in fact one of the 27 races held over four days of the Cheltenham Festival and he opposes the skills of British and Irish riders and owners against each other for a prize. However, the Cheltenham Gold Cup has not always enjoyed this special status and has not always been highly regarded for example.

The Gold Cup has long been considered a warm up for the Grand National, and it was only after Arkle really sealed three consecutive wins between 1964 and 1966, following the first broadcast of the event, that the Cheltenham Gold Cup has really won a place in the heart of racing fans across the country. Since then it has grown in stature and a price especially compared to the £ 685 first prize which was originally proposed. The modern festival has a fund combined price of over £ 3.5 million.

But Miller is the most successful horse in the history of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, having won five consecutive Cups from 1932. The same horse also won the Grand National in 1934 and won the nickname "God" on all fours. The biggest prize for the winner came in more recent times when Corner Norton won at 100-1 in 1990, a feat that will remain forever in the history of this incredible event. It was the year after a Desert Orchid became the latest winner of the Grey Cup.

More recently, Kauto Star is a horse of particular merit, not only because it is the last double winner but also because it is the first horse to regain the Gold Cup in 2009 after losing in 2008. His first victory was in 2007.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the calendar and, in terms of horse racing, is beaten only by the Grand National. This year the festival begins Tuesday, March 13 and the Gold Cup will be held Friday, March 16, watched by millions of people around the world, including tens of thousands of people live in the Cheltenham race.