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Kauto Star, trained by Paul Nicholls and
ridden by Ruby Walsh, winners of the
2007 Cheltenham Gold Cup
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Kauto Star
Denman Destroys Gold Cup Rivals 14/03/08
Denman produced a mighty performance to land the eagerly-awaited totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the Festival meeting.

Master Minded Gives Masterclass in Queen Mother Champion Chase
13/03/08
Master Minded put in a simply breathtaking performance under Ruby Walsh to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase from Voy Por Ustedes and Fair Along.

Katchit Claims Champion Hurdle Crown 11/03/08
Katchit put up an immensely gutsy display to land a famous victory in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, the feature race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Inglis Drever World Hurdle Hat-Trick 13/03/08
Inglis Drever made Cheltenham Festival history with a record third success in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Celestial Halo Makes All to Triumph 14/03/08
Celestial Halo proved too strong for the hotly-fancied Franchoek in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Fiveforthree Leads Irish Clean Sweep in Ballymore 14/03/08
Fiveforthree showed real determination to land the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.

Our Vic Lands Ryanair Chase 13/03/08
First-time blinkers worked the oracle for Our Vic in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Albertas Run Lands Royal & SunAlliance Chase 13/03/08
Tony McCoy rode his first winner since returning from a serious back injury when Albertas Run landed the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at Cheltenham.

Tidal Bay Storms to Arkle Victory 11/03/08
Tidal Bay put up an impressive display to run away with the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

Captain Cee Bee Leads McManus One-Two 11/03/08
Owner JP McManus dominated the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival, the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices' Hurdle, with a one-two from Captain Cee Bee and Binocular.

Punters Set for Cheltenham Stamina Test 12/03/08
Punters face two bumper days of action following the abandonment of day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

Philip Hobbs Eyes Second Seasons Holidays Champion Chase Victory 10/03/08
Philip Hobbs bids for a second victory in Wednesday’s Grade One Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase with Fair Along.

Sky Bet Launches Cheltenham Club 08/03/08
Sky Bet is launching the SkyBet Cheltenham Club, which brings amazing offers and concessions to all SkyBet Customers over the four days of the Cheltenham Festival - Tuesday, March 11 through to Friday, March 14.

Kicking King Out of Gold Cup 06/03/08
Kicking King, winner of the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been ruled out of the 2008 renewal next week.

Cheltenham Announces Shortlist for Ladies’ Award 04/03/08
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced the six names that form the shortlist for its award recognising “the outstanding contribution made by a lady to Jump Racing".

It All Points To Denman For Gold 03/03/08
Ex-Irish pointer Denman has been a revelation since the very first time he appeared in public at Liscarroll in his only point-to-point start.

Queen To Have First Festival Runners 28/02/08
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Wednesday, March 12, is likely to see the first ever runner owned by the Queen run at The Festival, in the shape of the Nicky Henderson-trained Gold Award, who has won both his previous starts at Fakenham and Ascot.

Final Festival Entries Revealed 28/02/08
Entries for the final four of the 25 contests to close at The Festival 2008 are revealed today, including the new Grade Two David Nicholson Mares Hurdle, run on Friday, March 14.

Festival Handicap Weights Revealed 27/02/08
Betting interest in The Festival’s ultra-competitive handicaps looks set to step up a gear today following the publication of the weights for the 10 contests at a special event at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Superb Novice Events In Prospect 20/02/08
The Festival’s six Grade One novice events all promise to be races to savour following the February 19 forfeit stage, details of which are revealed today.

Leading Festival Trainers 15/02/08
Few things are more coveted by trainers than a victory at The Festival at Cheltenham and no current handler has enjoyed more success than Nicky Henderson, who despite failing to score in 2007, can boast 31 winners at jump racing’s premier event.

Pipe’s Strong Cheltenham Team 15/02/08
Having trained his first winner at The Festival in his first season as a licence holder last year, David Pipe looks set to increase his record this year, with a strong team preparing to travel up to Prestbury Park next month.

Leading Festival Jockeys 08/02/08
Champion Tony McCoy, with 19 wins to date, is the most successful current jockey at The Festival.

McNamara Sizing Up Champion Glory 08/02/08
Irish jockey Andrew McNamara first hit the headlines when steering Newmill to a nine-length success in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase at The Festival in 2006.

Festival Novice Hurdles Well Supported 31/01/08
Entries are revealed today, Thursday, January 31, for the four Grade One novice hurdles at The Festival – the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle, the JCB Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, which is being run as a Grade One contest for the first time in 2008.

Cheltenham to Rename 2008 Running of National Hunt Chase in Honour of Sir Peter O’Sullevan 23/01/08
Cheltenham Racecourse is to rename the 2008 running of the National Hunt Chase at The Festival in honour of Sir Peter O’Sullevan, master commentator, journalist, racehorse owner and charity fund-raiser, who shortly celebrates his 90th birthday.

Letheby & Christopher Chase the Ideal Trial for State Of Play 21/01/08
Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams is aiming his totesport Gold Cup hope State Of Play at the £100,000 Grade Two Letheby & Christopher Chase on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 26.

Blazing Bailey Primed for Byrne Group Cleeve Hurdle Repeat 17/01/08
Trainer Alan King reports his top staying hurdler Blazing Bailey to be in “good form” ahead of the six-year-old’s attempt to score a repeat victory in the £60,000 Grade Two Byrne Group Cleeve Hurdle (3.50pm) over three miles at Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day on Saturday, January 26.

Time Electric Installed as Favourite for Cheltenham Festival Bumper 04/01/08
William Hill have opened betting on this years Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

Albert Bartlett Revealed as Sponsor of Three-Mile Novices’ Hurdle Pattern 22/11/07
Cheltenham today announced that Albert Bartlett, the UK’s largest grower of root vegetables, will be sponsoring the Three-Mile Novices’ Hurdle Pattern, a four-race series which culminates in the newly promoted Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival

Ryanair Sponsorship Extended for a Further Five Years at The Festival 19/10/07
Cheltenham this week announced that Ryanair, the world’s largest scheduled airline and official airline of The Festival, has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the newly promoted Grade One Ryanair Chase for a further five years to 2012.

Jacqui O'Neill - Cheltenham Ladies Day Ambassador 04/10/07
Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce that Jacqui O'Neill, one of the most high-profile women in Jump racing, has agreed to become its Ladies Day Ambassador for 2007/08.

ITM to Back Best-Ever Ownership Experience at Cheltenham 04/10/07
Owners with runners at Cheltenham during the 2007/2008 season will enjoy an enhanced experience thanks to a new link-up between the racecourse and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.

Record Prize Money Offered by Cheltenham in 2007/2008 11/09/07
Cheltenham today revealed full details of its new season, highlighting the news that prize money offered at the home of Jump racing in 2007/08 is a new record of £5.9 million. Last season's equivalent figure was just under £5.5 million.

Brit Insurance Withdraws from Sponsorship of Jump Racing 30/05/07
Cheltenham Racecourse announces that Brit Insurance is withdrawing from sponsorship of the three-mile novices' hurdle Pattern that concludes at The Festival after three years.

Cheltenham Four-Day Festival is Here to Stay 18/05/07
Cheltenham Racecourse today announced that The Festival, due to be held from March 11 to 14 in 2008, will remain a four-day meeting.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2006

War Of Attrition, trained by Mouse Morris, owned by Ryanair tycoon Michael O'Leary and ridden by Wexford jockey Conor O'Dwyer, stormed home in some style.

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Cheltenham Racecourse
For four extraordinary days in the middle of March the National Hunt racing community from all around the world converges on the elegant spa town of Cheltenham. The twenty races are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar with more than £2 million in prize money and £20 million in bets riding on these Championships.
best mate
Cheltenham Gold Cup History
In the Gold Cup's history only six horses have won more than once, and the most recent of them is Best Mate in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The others were L'Escargot (1970/71) Easter Hero (1929/30), Golden Miller (1932/33/34/35/36), Cottage Rake (1948/49/50) and Arkle (1964/65/66). Their successes were all in consecutive years.
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