Cheltenham Festival Legends
In over a century of competition the Cheltenham Festival has showcased the finest racehorses, jockeys and trainers in the history of National Hunt racing. In the Cheltenham Festival Legends pages we take a look at some of the stars that have contributed to the unforgettable heritage of this prestigious National Hunt racing meeting.
Several superb National Hunt horses have made their mark on the Cheltenham festival over the last hundred years. Celebrated for their strength and character these Cheltenham Festival legends made the meeting what it is today as they caught the attention of the British public with exceptional performances in the Cheltenham Festival’s most prestigious races.
Don’t miss our profiles of legendary racehorses on this site that includes the likes of the first Cheltenham Festival celebrity racehorse Golden Miller, the Irish champion Cottage Rake, and Arkle, the racehorse who captured the hearts of horse racing fans across the world.
The Cheltenham Festival puts on display the riding talents of Britain’s finest jockeys as they compete for the prestigious Top Jockey award. Over recent years National Hunt jockeys have received more attention from the media, and are recognised for the strength and courage required to take a great racehorse to victory in the world’s most challenging race format.
Living legends like Tony McCoy, easily the most formidable and successful jockey in the history of the sport, are profiled on this site. A total of 38 Cheltenham Festival race wins are shared between the Cheltenham Festival legend jockeys Tony McCoy, Richard Johnson and Mick Fitzgerald, and this total is likely to increase as all three are still actively involved in competition.
Functioning behind the scenes, and often away from the limelight the Cheltenham Festival trainers are some of the hardest working people in the sport of National Hunt racing. The responsibilities of trainers are formidable as they manage race training, fitness and the crucial pairing of the right jockey with the right racehorse.