13th Mar 2017
The annual pilgrimage to Cheltenham is well under way with thousands of racing fans set to descend on the home of National Hunt racing this week. For the lucky few that have made the trip, the famous Cheltenham roar as the tapes go up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle will be only the first of many magic moments this week will deliver. We can finally say 0 more sleeps to Cheltenham!
This week will christen a new wave of legends taking their place among the pantheon of stars and inevitably comparisons will be drawn against the brilliant highlights created by champion’s past. Hardy Eustace dourly holding a cantering Harchibald at bay in the Champion Hurdle. Hurricane Fly, virtually unbeatable on Irish soil, silencing the doubters by regaining the Champion Hurdle from Rock On Ruby. Kicking King, second in the Supreme, second in the Arkle, before finally landing the Gold Cup at his third festival attempt, drawing right away up the hill. These legendary feats are the scrapbook of Cheltenham’s past.
For those who cannot make the pilgrimage, take a short spin to the Irish National Stud and relive those moments all over again in the company of some of the greatest ever to grace the Cheltenham stage.
And representing the Cheltenham Ladies, is superstar mare Quevega, who proudly gave birth to a baby boy here at the stud last week. Here he is enjoying our spring sunshine!