Top Cheltenham Festival Participants

The Cheltenham Festival has been described as the Olympics of jumps racing, with a number of races over different distances and obstacles with many of the very best horses and jockeys competing in a quest to be called a champion of their generation. Legends are made at the annual four day festival and some of the most celebrated names in the sport have won over the recent years.

Unlike Royal Ascot, for instance, the races at Cheltenham don’t attract too many international contenders. That said, French-trained horses have done well over the years. Of these, Baracouda is perhaps the most well known, winning the Stayers’ Hurdle twice in his career.

Jockeys

Many famous jockeys have won races at Cheltenham over the years. Ruby Walsh is one of the most successful, twice winning 7 races across the four days. This happened in 2009 and 2016, but Walsh was very successful in other years too.

Barry Geraghty and Paul Townend are other household names Cheltenham Festival fans will recognise. Geraghty is the second most successful jockey at Cheltenham behind Ruby Walsh, while Townend is currently the leading jockey for prestigious trainer Willie Mullins and has twice finished as top jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, including in 2022.

Rachael Blackmore is another pioneering jockey that regularly graces the races at Cheltenham. She impressed the racing community by scoring six wins at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021, becoming the first female jockey to do so. Blackmore also became the first female jockey to win the Grand National, making her by far one of the most exciting jockeys to watch.

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.

Unibet Ambassador 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. 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 2019 and 2020. 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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