The Cheltenham Festival is right around the corner and now seems like the perfect time to delve into its history and prestige. We all know what the Cheltenham History is, yet not many of us know how it grew to become one of the world’s premier horse racing events.
To fully understand this, we need to travel back in time to 1860 - the heart of the Victorian period and the time where our modern sporting culture was in its infancy. The National Hunt Challenge Cup Race, a grade 2 steeplechase, was created and hosted across several different cities initially before finding its home at Cheltenham. By 1911, the Cheltenham Festival had been set in stone, with the National Hunt agreeing to keep it in its current location year-to-year.