This entry was posted on Friday, March 11th, 2011
Next week sees the return of the Cheltenham Festival – and this year is particularly special as it is celebrating its 100th year!
For those of you not into your horse racing, Cheltenham is one of the biggest National Hunt (or jump) meetings in the racing calendar, and lasts for 4 days, each with a packed schedule of races. Whilst Cheltenham isn’t the first meeting of the year, it’s certainly the first major one, and kicks starts the season, leading up to the Grand National in April and into the flat racing season.
One of the major races at the Festival is the Gold Cup, which is always held on the last day of the meeting & in 2010, had a prize pool of close to half a million quid! Last year, there was a major upset, with the build up to the race focusing on 2 former winners – Denman and Kauto Star. The match-off between these two champions was billed as the race of the century (Coverage from 2010 from the Independent), with huge amounts being bet on each horse as the racing world picked their side.
In the end, neither won – Imperial Commander, the third favourite managed to take the victory (Click here to watch footage of the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup), but can he do it again this year? Denman and Kauto Star are also back for another go but the bookmakers have Imperial Commander as the favourite.
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(Odds correct at the time of writing and may be subject to change – click on the links to visit the relevant bookmakers)