I swear I can’t see him!
I swear I can’t see him!
Cheltenham racecourse has established itself as one of the venues across the globe where you will find the finest Jump racing. The racecourse is located just next to Cheltenham at Prestbury Park.
Apart from the exciting horse racing that takes place in this venue, it also attracts visitors thanks to its location. Visitors will enjoy the scenic view of the Cotswold Hills and the lush greenery all around.
The most famous race meeting held here is the Cheltenham Festival, which as the name suggests fills the whole of
Cheltenham with delectation. The Cheltenham festival includes competitive races like Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Chase and Stayer’s Hurdle. Watch a race or two and see how seriously Jump racing is taken in these parts, afterwards you can head on over to the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame to see for yourself all the awe inspiring achievements from Jockeys and champion horses through the years.
The racecourse is meant to give spectators some memorable times merely by the setting. The Centaur, where the fans sit to watch all the racing action, is an amphitheater large enough to hold 2,000 people sitting. During concerts, the Centaur can hold double this number of people standing.
You have not enjoyed horse racing in Cheltenham until you attend The Festival. It is one of the most exciting times
to be in Cheltenham with a festival that offers blistering fun and spectacular horse racing. The March madness of the Cheltenham festival is then followed by three other race meetings held in April, November and December.
Aside from being among the favourite venues for horse racing in Britain, Cheltenham racecourse also offers a lot of family fun especially when it’s time for the Wychwood Music Festival. It also provides a picturesque venue during graduation days and the summer ball for the University of Gloucestershire.
Known as one of the more impressive jockeys of his era, Richard Johnson is an impressive name within the British National Hunt scene. With a racing family around him – his father an amateur jockey himself, and his mother a trainer of horses – Johnson was always destined for a career in the sport. At the age of 18, he was crowned the Champion Conditional Jockey, aged just 18. His first win then came at Rusty Bridge in his local Hereford, in 1994.
From there, he’s gone on to establish himself as a popular part of the racing circuit for various reasons.
For one, he’s known for having an excellent temperament and performance level for the Cheltenham Festival. With wins at the 1999 Stayers’ Hurdle, the 2000 Gold Cup, the 2002 Queen Mother Chase and the Smurfit Kappa Group Champion Hurdle, he’s picked up a fine collection of medals over an impressive career.
More impressively, though, he became just the eighth National Hunt jockey to win an impressive 1,000 rides. By 2016, he had achieved an incredible 3000 wins. He also won the Champion Jockey title after more than 16 runner-up occasions, lifting it for the first time in his professional career in 2016.
Sadly, though, Johnson holds the record for the most Grand National rides without ever finding a winner! Despite that, he’s a well-recognized name on the circuit who is respected by many. In another era, he might have a much busier trophy cabinet.
Achievements & Highlights
Major Wins – Stayers Hurdle (1999), Cheltenham Gold Cup (2000), Queen Mother Championship Chase (2002), Smurfit Kappa Group Champion Hurdle (2003), Champion Jockey (2016).
Associations – Sue Johnson, David Nicholson.