The Cheltenham Gold Cup

Each year at the Cheltenham Racecourse in England, horse racing enthusiasts and competitors get to experience The Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is a steeplechase race sponsored by Magners. The Grade 1 race was first run in 1924, and the participating horses have to be at least five years of age. The format in this competition is for the horses to jump over fences to complete the race.

Lucrative

The contest attracts a cash prize of € 625,000, making it highly competitive because of the huge purse. It is a left-hand race where horses battle against each other on a surface made of turf stretching through a distance of 5,294 metres. Over this distance, a total of 22 fences are jumped. The steeplechase race is the high-status event of the Cheltenham Festival which is held in March.

The Grade I race is at times known as the Blue Riband of jump-racing and has hosted some famous horses in the past including Arkle, Golden Miller, Mill House, Denman, Kauto Star and Best Mate. The inaugural champion horse was Spectre in 1819 when it began as a flat race. The prize at the time was 100 guineas.

Challenges

The successful horse race event has faced some significant challenges over the years but overcame them and now it is running smoothly. Unavoidable natural disasters happened at the time of the race on two occasions forcing it to be abandoned. On one incident, there was a lot of frost in 1931, and later in 1937, floods deterred the scheduled activities. The Second World War also caused the cancellation of the event in 1943 and 1944.

Records have been set at the United Kingdom event. Golden Miller, an Irish thoroughbred horse, has the most wins in the Gold Cup, winning it consecutively five times from 1932 to 1936. Pat Taaffe holds the record for the jockey with most wins with four.