The Cheltenham festival is one of the most important events in the national horse race which is organized in Cheltenham racecourse. If you are fan of horse race sport, you should know about this festival. It is one of the most favorite jumping races.
As the rule of national hunt, Cheltenham is held annually every March at the Prestbury park. The truth that it is the first place to be chosen for this festival and it exits and maintains until nowadays. So, you can know why this race is beloved like this.
Racing in Cheltenham before having the Cheltenham festival
Before becoming a place to host for Cheltenham, this race was used to organize some less reputable races from Prestbury Park area to Cleeve Hill. Almost they were series of flat races.
The founder wanted to change this status because he saw Cheltenham racecourse had enough conditions to become a professional race. So they decided to raise budget and establish Cheltenham festival with hopes that it became popular and famous in horse race field.
Racing in Cheltenham after hosting the Cheltenham festival
As a good consequence, Cheltenham decided to host a horse race in 1898 which was the first official race at there. It received good feedbacks as well welcomes from spectators to continue to develop the next festivals in the next years.
During history of Cheltenham, it has several times to change locations around this area. In 1904, it was moved to Prestbury park. Then some successive years, it continued to change places at Market Harborough. The reason of changes was to find the best condition to organize racecourses professionally.
The most crucial event was 1911 when they established the National Hunt Chase. It was the last time for moving permanently. This racecourse was considered one of the most prestigious race in the world until now.