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The Cheltenham Festival in the UK is described in polite press as the ultimate test in thoroughbred jump racing – but in grittier, racing papers it’s called an ultimate test of wallets and livers.


10 Mar 2020
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Take a running jump at Cheltenham

Bryony Frost led the way on a special day for women at the Cheltenham Festival riding the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon to victory in the Ryanair Chase. AFP/ADRIAN DENNIS

The Cheltenham Festival, staged in a valley of the Chiltern Hills, is one of Britain’s major sporting events – up there with Wimbledon and the Open Championship – though it barely registers in the South Africa media. In this country, when we hear about steeplechases and jumps racing, it is the annual Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool that springs to mind. But the truth is Cheltenham is a bigger and more prestigious event – as well as being a rowdy, wired, exciting bit of lunacy. The four-day gathering is the “championships” of what Brits call national hunt –...

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