The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National are without a doubt the two biggest dates in the British racing calendar. Each event brings with it some spectacular sights as well as some dramatic action on the racecourses themselves. For those not fortunate enough to attend the live events there’s always the appeal of taking part in a little gambling action. And unlike so many other events that you can bet on it seems everyone enjoys having a little fun and a flutter on these fantastic races.
For those not optimistic of picking a winner can still enjoy the Cheltenham Gold Cup for other reasons. The race is the highlight of the 4-day Cheltenham Festival and this prestigious steeplechase covers 3 miles 2½ furlongs and 22 fences. Lord Windermere rode by Davy Russell was the winner of the cup earlier this year who started as an incredible 20/1 outsider.
The race truly sums up everything that is so great about jump racing and it is one of the highest racing honours to achieve. The thrilling extravaganza is back in 2015 and is set to run from Tuesday 10th March to Friday 13th March with the Gold Cup set to take place on the Friday. It’ll surely be one of the most captivating and unpredictable afternoons in the racing year.
The Grand National itself is watched by over 600 million people in 140 different countries around the world who all tune in with hopes of having a little fun and excitement on a Saturday afternoon.
The race is run over 4 miles 3½ furlongs with 30 intimidating fences to jump in between before that final and frantic stretch for the finishing line.
The race is run in Liverpool at the world famous Aintree racecourse and if you aren’t cheering on your horse and jockey from your armchair then perhaps you are one of the lucky visitors there on the day enjoying the whole spectacle. And of course if you have a little cash burning a hole in your pocket then perhaps you also want to put down a few bets here and there and hopefully double your money and come up a winner.
There is an exhaustive history of runners and riders participating at both the Grand National and in the Cheltenham Gold Cup who have each taken part in some absolutely incredible historic races. Tackling daunting jumps, and captivating generations of racing fans and creating new legends for the history books.
Both events return in 2015 with runners and riders old and new once more competing in what will no doubt be another memorable year in horse racing.