Horse RacingNational Hunt

During the season, there are lots of big races that are being held around the country. Some of the most popular races include the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup, the National Hunt Chases, and the hurdles. But what makes these races so popular?


Among the most popular races at Cheltenham Festival is the National Hunt Chase. This is a three mile steeplechase which is the longest race on the traditional course. It is also one of the most difficult long distance races. The race has changed over the years. Originally, it was staged over four miles with 25 fences. In recent years, it has been staged over three miles and six furlongs.

The National Hunt Chase is one of the most difficult long distance races to win. It has been known to produce winners with some impressive stamina.

There are many different types of National Hunt races. Some are novice races, and others are more technical. There are hurdle races, steeplechases, and bumper races. A steeplechase is a race where a horse must jump fences and ditches.

The Grand National is the most famous horse race in the world. It attracts a massive crowd and generates a huge amount of publicity. This event has been a long time fixture on the Cheltenham Festival calendar. It is considered the pinnacle of the National Hunt calendar.

Other races on the calendar include the Aintree Hurdle, which is considered the best staying handicap chase in the National Hunt calendar. There are other smaller races which also qualify as a National Hunt event. There are also novice races, such as the Beginners' Steeple Chase. These are designed to test a horse's ability to navigate an obstacle course.

The National Hunt has a history that dates back to the 19th century. It is one of the oldest races at the Festival, and one of the toughest long distance races on the old course. There have been several notable winners in the National Hunt Chase, including Ushers Island in 1993 and Teaforthree in 2012.

The Grand National was considered the most important race in the National Hunt calendar until the advent of the Cross Country Chase in the 1980s. The National Hunt has been the subject of a number of changes over the years. It is now run over a much shorter distance. In fact, it has been upgraded to Grade Two.


Unlike Flat racing, National Hunt racing uses obstacles such as fences and hurdles. These obstacles are designed to challenge the horses and test their stamina.

The National Hunt is an annual season where horse races are held over different courses. These races are organised according to rules and regulations. The season is generally held over winter, when the ground is softer. The main event of the season is the Cheltenham Festival. The Cheltenham Gold Cup, held on the opening day of the festival, tests horses' speed and stamina.

The National Hunt races are divided into different categories. The races are classified in classes 1-7. The races are run over distances of three to 5.5 kilometers. Most races are hurdle races. There are also bumper races. These are designed for horses who are in their first season over fences. The bumper races give horses a taste of racing and give them experience.

Fences are more substantial obstacles. Fences must be at least four and half feet high. They can be made of spruce or birch. They also come in different varieties. The length of the fence can vary depending on the level of safety.

Hurdles are also smaller obstacles used in jump racing. They are usually three and a half feet high. They are made from interwoven birch or brushwood. These hurdles are a lighter type of obstacle than the fences used in National Hunt races. These hurdles are also used in cross country events.

The old style hurdles were not padded as well as the modern hurdles. They could cause degloving injuries in the metatarsal region. The new style hurdle padding has virtually eliminated the lacerations.

The distances in National Hunt races are usually two miles. They can also run over longer distances, such as seven furlongs. The name Stayers' Hurdle comes from the stamina requirements of the race.

The Steeple Chase is another type of National Hunt race. The steeplechase is considered the hardest type of race, and involves jumping fences. It is raced over different courses around the UK. Its origins are when horses would run from church steeple to church steeple.


Having your horse in a National Hunt bumper is a good way to give your horse an introduction to racing and get him used to the saddle. A lot of top trainers will run their horses in bumpers to help them get used to the racing environment.

There are three types of National Hunt races: Hurdles, Chases, and Bumpers. They are all designed to test the horse's ability in different ways.

The 'Champion Bumper' at the Cheltenham Festival has been a fixture of Jump racing since 1992. It's a Grade 1 race, which means it's one of the most prestigious bumpers on the circuit. The winner receives a cheque for 1,850 pounds.

Another type of bumper is a National Hunt Flat Race. These races are a chance for horses who have never run on the flat to get experience racing at the racecourse. There are also Novice races, which are designed for horses who have never run over fences or hurdles. They carry weight based on their performance in their previous races.

Some of the top National Hunt trainers like Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins will use bumpers to run their horses. They often run good flat horses in bumpers to give them experience racing on the flat.

A National Hunt bumper is also a good way to give a horse a taste of racing on the flat. Most bumpers are run at the end of a jump meeting. The horses will typically run over a distance of thirteen to twenty furlongs.

It's a good idea to bet on a bumper when the odds are on the runner's side. Sometimes a horse can improve dramatically after their first run. It's also important to bet on a bumper when it's a big festival, such as the Aintree Grand National Meeting.

You can also target bumper winners for the big spring festivals, such as the Punchestown Festival and the Cheltenham Festival. If a horse wins a bumper, he or she is awarded a penalty, which can be conceded to the other runners.

In the UK, there are 468 bumpers held each year. They usually attract about 22 runners and are usually held at the end of a jump meeting. Some top trainers like Paul Nicholls and Kevin O'Brien will run their horses in bumpers.

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup

Among the most prestigious National Hunt races in the world, the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup is the highlight of the four-day festival. The race is run over three miles and two and a half furlongs. This graded race is open to horses five years of age and older. It is contested by horses of all genders.

The Gold Cup has been run annually since the 'New Course' was introduced in 1959. The prize money is substantial and the race has grown in popularity. The Gold Cup was originally run as a flat race over three miles, but was extended to three miles and three-quarters of a furlong when jumps were installed.

The Gold Cup is considered to be the biggest test of a National Hunt stayer's stamina. The Gold Cup has featured a number of top-class horses in its history. The winner usually takes home a replica of the original trophy.

The Gold Cup has been won by a variety of horses, including Golden Miller, who won five times between 1932 and 1936. Golden Miller was the first horse to win the Gold Cup five times and is considered a household name in horse racing.

The Gold Cup has also been won by Kauto Star, who won the race twice. The winner of the Gold Cup in 2009 was Denman, who beat Kauto Star in a repeat of the 2008 Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup has also been won in a number of years by two twelve-year-old horses. The Irish Gold Cup was won by the War of Attrition, which was followed by Emerald Isle. In the 2006 season, Emerald Isle won three prestigious prizes at Cheltenham. The most recent winner is Best Mate.

The Gold Cup was not held in 1943 and 1944 due to war and weather conditions. In 2001, the Festival was cancelled because of a foot and mouth disease outbreak. The Gold Cup was not held in 2007 because of an injury to one of the horses.

Cheltenham's Gold Cup was originally run as a flat-race over three miles, but it was extended to three miles and three-quarters furlongs in 1923. It was then called the Gold Trophy Chase.