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The Cheltenham festival dates back to 1911. Since then, the event has continued to acquire fame, alongside massive horse racing events Ascot and the Grand National.
Every year, the numbers of individuals attending the horse racing betting festival continues to grow tremendously, attracting over 200,000 people at a time. It is the biggest betting event in the UK, and one of the most anticipated racing spectacles - even going as far to draw huge audiences from all around the UK and other parts of the world.
It's a good idea to start by reading all about the Cheltenham festival, to give yourself a good starting background before making any bets. The next step would be to do some further reading, on strategy and tips. After that, and once you're ready, make sure top open an account at each of the best bookies for Cheltenham (we have them all listen on our chart) and make a deposit to trigger the offered welcome bonus. Another of many great Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips: Cheltenham favourites to win attract the best odds and offers, but it's a good idea, if you want to make your money go further, to do research before siding with any favourites.
The Cheltenham festival has on many occasions seen the majority of horses listed as favourites win races, but again, this is not a given, or proven money-maker.
Cheltenham Past Winners
Before making your bets, it important that you study the form for the Cheltenham festival and go through the list of Cheltenham festival winners from past events (it's also a great idea to check out our Cheltenham Festival Guide before this) . This is because there could be certain trends for particular races, which favour certain horses according (for example) to how old they are, or some trainers may have spectacular records in individual races. This information will help you make an informed decision when placing your bets.
The only results you won't be able to find are those from the year 2001. This is because the Cheltenham festival was called off, following a plague of foot and mouth disease across Britain.
There are only a handful of Cheltenham jockeys who have won ten or more Cheltenham festival winners. Here, we're going to give special mentions to jockeys Mark Dwyer and Graham Bradley, who each managed nine wins. In 2010, it's also worth mentioning that Ruby Walsh outdid the renowned jockey Pat Taaffe, who won five Champion Chases and four Gold Cups.
To date, Ruby Walsh has been the most successful jockeys in Cheltenham’s Festival history. Since the year 2011, he had an astounding total of 32 wins at six of the eight Cheltenham festivals. This includes the Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle and the Big Bucks in the World Hurdle. This rare dual win has only been achieved once before, over 20 years earlier by John Francombe in 1981. It certainly seems that Ruby Walsh is not showing any signs of slowing down and he’s an important jockey to watch in Cheltenham 2017.
Other notable Cheltenham jockeys include Tony McCoy, the leading jockey in the 1997 and 1998 races, and who is now up to 25 triumphs . This was thanks to his nabbing of two more victories in 2011.
Barry Geraghty follows Tony McCoy with 20 festival wins. Not to be sniffed at, fellow jockeys Richard Johnson and Robert Thornton have 17 and 16 wins respectively.
The other most successful current Cheltenham festival jockeys include:
- Paul Carberry with 11 wins,
- Davy Rusell with 8,
- Timmy Murphy with 8,
- Paddy Brennan with 6,
- Graham Lee with 5,
- Miss Nina Carberry with 4,
- Andrew Thorton and JT McNamara with 3 wins each.
Read more exciting Cheltenham facts in the Brief History of Cheltenham Festival: a Betting Guide.
Cheltenham Festival Leading Riders Prize
The Leading Rider Award is a significant prize to receive - and arguable the most important of a jockey's career. It helps in bringing out the competitive side of each jockey, taking its pool of prize winners from Cheltenham festival riders over and above the 27 top-class races.
Notable jockeys winning the prize in the past have been Barry Geraghty, AP McCoy, Mick FitzGerald, Richard Johnson, Graham Lee and Robert Thornton. Recently, however, Ruby Walsh has dominated the prize - and it would be a good idea to watch him for the 2017 festival too.
Get Ready for Cheltenham 2017
The Cheltenham Festival is made up of 27 races, 500 horses and an over £3.4 million prize. It's the greatest event of the Grand National’s jump racing calendar and with a little help and information you could win big.
Check out our site and get all the information regarding the upcoming four day festival in March 2017. The entire racing community will be meeting up on Prestbury Park for the biggest event in National Hunt racing.
Get ready - Cheltenham is almost here.