When it comes to national hunt racing in the UK, there is no other week quite like the Cheltenham Festival. Whether it is from home, or from across the Irish Sea, the very best of the best descend on Prestbury Park to take each other on across four days, and a total of 28 races.
The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is on its way, and yet again, the very best all look set to do battle with each other. Headlining the action, we have four Championship races, the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and Gold Cup.
Yorkshire-based horse racing trainer Sue Smith pulled off a surprise result at Cheltenham Festival in the 2021 iteration of the event.
Vintage Clouds was a 28/1 outsider for the Ultima Handicap Chase, with few in the industry expecting the 11-year-old to compete for a top-three place never mind the victory. However, Vintage Clouds stunned the field with a fine performance to win the race by 11 lengths.
The Cheltenham Festival is normally dominated by the biggest names in the sport, with Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls having the majority of the runners in the leading races across the week.
The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is looming ever larger, and as preparations for the event begin to ramp up a gear, horse racing trainers around the country begin to dream of winning at jump racing’s biggest stage.
What does SP mean in horse racing is a common question among people who like to bet. This is especially true with those new to betting.
SP in horse racing means ‘Starting Price’. These are the odds calculated based on those being offered by the bookies at the course. Therefore, when the race actually starts, the odds offered are known as the SP – Starting Price.