Top Cheltenham Festival Participants

Second only to The Grand National in prize money and significance, the Cheltenham Festival has seen its fair share of famous participants. Legendary horses and jockeys have won the race, with the horses coming from long lines of champions owned by famous trainers.

Unlike Royal Ascot, for example, the races at Cheltenham don’t attract that many international contenders. With that being said, French-trained horses have done well. Baracouda is the biggest name of them all, winning the Stayers’ Hurdle twice in his career.

Jockeys

Many famous jockeys have won different races at Cheltenham. Ruby Walsh is one of the most successful ones, having won as much as 7 races across the four days of racing on several occasion. That occurred in in 2009 and 2016, and Walsh was very successful in other years as well.

Barry Geraghty is another name Cheltenham Festival fans will recognize. He’s the second most successful jockey at Cheltenham behind Ruby Walsh.

Last year’s leading jockey was Rachael Blackmore. She impressed the racing community by scoring six wins at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021, becoming the first female jockey to do so. She also has a victory at the Grand National behind her name, making Blackmore one of the most exciting jockeys to watch this season and beyond.

Other popular jockeys that have won Cheltenham races include Paul Townend who races for Willie Mullins’ stable as well as Nico de Boinville and Davy Russell.

Trainers

If you check the Cheltenham race card you’ll see that many of the top horses are trained by Willie Mullins. He has one of the top stables in horse racing, often producing winners on the big stage. He’s the most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with a total of 78 winners. Those include Al Boum Photo, Hurricane Fly, Vautour, Florida Pearl, and Annie Power among others.

Nicky Henderson is one of the best trainers at Cheltenham as well. Another major stable that has produced winners at the Cheltenham Festival is Paul Nicholls’, who’s behind winners such as Kauto Star and Denman.

Horses

There are plenty of Cheltenham races every year, and they all have a record winner. The legendary Golden Miller set an unprecedented feat in the 1930s by winning the Gold Cup in 5 consecutive years from 1932 to 1936. In 2013, French mare Quevega won the Mares’ Hurdle for the 5th year in a row, equalling his record. However, there’s no question that Golden Miller’s feat is in a league of its own.

Al Boum Photo has won the Gold Cup twice in a row in 2018 and 2019. Due to the nature of the racecourse, it’s difficult for horses to win in consecutive years, making the trophies even more prestigious.

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