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Arguably the largest racing-based meeting on the National Hunt schedule, Cheltenham Festival It has become another memorable occasion on the race calendar and gone, especially given the fact that fans were able to return after the 2021 race was held behind closed doors.
Throughout Cheltenham’s rich history, the Irish festival has several success stories. Ireland’s best jockeys and coaches have rushed to England to further their glory in one of their most famous stages. This year was no different, as the immediately recognized names from the Irish Horse Racing aimed to run the race for their success and continue Ireland’s hugely successful time in the four-day festival.
The Cheltenham Festival has always been an unforgettable occasion, usually coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day and proving to be extremely popular with Irish race gurus. This year’s event was no different, especially for the talented Irish team. But overall, what were the rents of the Irish jockeys and coaches at Cheltenham and what were the Irish highlights from an event that first took place in 1860? Let’s look at some of them below.
Rachel Blackmore has made more history
Overall, Ireland dominated this year’s Cheltenham Festival, with Rachel Blackmore Especially show theft. The female jockey Cheltenham made a strong performance to reign supreme in the Gold Cup and cemented herself further as one of the greatest female jockeys of all time. His win, which came in a plus tard, was a sweet moment considering Blackmore finished second in last year’s race.
Regarding winning the Gold Cup, Blackmore said: “When I got my license, I never thought I would be in Cheltenham, the Gold Cup favorite. I never dreamed I could do it and I am. What I am doing now is a dream that I never allowed myself to have because it was not even in my reality. You can never dream big because it’s something I never thought would be possible. “
As a result of Blackmore’s victory, six of the last seven winners at the festival showpiece, including each of the last four, have been trained across the Irish Sea, and at the moment the clear bay between British and Irish racing is more pronounced.
The Irish have confirmed the Prestberry Cup
Another notable success story of this year’s festival is undoubtedly when Shawn O’Keefe, Patrick Mullins, Mark Walsh and Mark McDonagh made several strong performances. Prestberry cup, A competition that basically pitted the winners of the four days of the festival against each other, with each winner determined by their number depending on the country in which they were trained. Fortunately, for fans of Irish horse racing, the country’s strongest talent crop has been able to take their rivals home to iconic trophies and highlight again how strong the Irish horse and trainer are now.
Paul Townend had a great week
On Cheltenham’s final day, Paul Townend was able to cap a fruitful week by securing the Jacques title to win most of the race. Jockey Will Mullins, head of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, has ridden countless successes on trained horses, Mullins has also had a successful time, and has been named the ninth top trainer in the rich history of the Cheltenham Festival.
Having been crowned Cheltenham Festival’s top coach, Mullins, who has become an influential force in horse racing, said: “I’m delighted with the whole team and I’m going to accept the award with all my team because those who do it in the background set me free.”
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