4 Biggest Jumps Races in the UK
The Grand National
1- Grand National
The Grand National is a hugely popular racing event in the UK. The racing event evokes interest not only from punters but even housewives and kids etc. It has the distinction of being the most valuable jump race in Europe (with the prize money £1 million in 2017).
In order to win the race, the racehorses will have to cover a distance of 4 miles 514 yards and jump over 30 fences. The race is also quite dangerous with horses often tumbling over the fences.
Held in early April every year, the Grand National is a source of great excitement and thrill for all the racing fans.
2- Cheltenham Gold Cup
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is considered as the best race of the National Hunt calendar. With its prize money second only to the Grand National, this racing event lures some of the best horses from the UK and Ireland.
Possessing huge stamina is necessary for the racehorses but so is the ability to jump fences quickly. The horses are tested over a distance of 3m2 ½ f.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup has been happening at Prestbury Park, Cheltenham after the year 1911. Arkle, Golden Miller, and Best Mate are the most famous racehorses of the Gold Cup with each winning the trophy more than once.
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3-King George VI Chase
King George VI Chase, named after the monarch of UK in 1937, is the second most prestigious jumps race in the United Kingdom. This race is held at Kempton on 26 December every year.
To win, the racehorses have to cover the 3 miles distance while jumping fences at a breakneck speed. Kauto Star (the 2 times Gold Cup winner) has won the race 5 times while Desert Orchid has claimed it 4 times.
4-Queen Mother Champion Chase
The National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase was re-named in 1980 as the Queen Mother Champion Chase for paying tribute to the Queen Mother. This race takes place during the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The best horses test their abilities over a distance of 2 miles and 12 fences. Master Minded, Moscow Flyer, and Sprinter Sacre are the well-known horses of the race.