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The Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Course

Champion Hurdle CourseThe Champion Hurdle is raced over the legendary old course at the Prestbury Park Racecourse at Cheltenham. It has been run here since 1927, which is where there the Champion Hurdle history began. Anyone who has ever been to the racecourse will know that it is set in a natural and very beautiful, awe inspiring, amphitheatre. But the beauty hides a course that provides the stiffest of tests for the toughest of horses and those who win the race can rightly be called a true Champion

What catches a lot of the horses out are the undulations of the two mile, 110 yard course, it is impossible for them to run completely smooth and often a horse will slip or lose his step when racing hard, especially as they will be in and amongst some of the best hurdlers in the land. Provided they can stay in touch with the lead and negotiate the first seven fences, they will come to the last hurdle and once over they will be greeted by the notorious Cheltenham hill, accompanied by the famous Cheltenham roar; it is here where a true champion is really tested.

For a horse to win once on this course is all that most connections would ask for but to win three times, like five Champion hurdle legends have done so, is truly a magnificent feat and why the race has become the huge attraction that it is today.