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National hunt racing is the most popular winter horseracing format in the United Kingdom and Europe. The sport has its roots in the tradition of the hunt, requiring horses to jump obstacles during races. Thoroughbred pedigree is not a requirement for this sport, making it accessible to a greater number of horses, owners and trainers.
The Cheltenham Festival: Held over four days in March each year at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, the Cheltenham Festival is home to four of the biggest races in national hunt racing – the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the World Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle.
The Grand National Meeting: Aintree racecourse is the annual host for the prestigious April Grand National meeting. The event’s highlight is the Grand National steeplechase, a truly historic race and the biggest national hunt handicap chase of the year.
The Punchestown Festival: The National Hunt Festival of Ireland is the biggest race meeting in the country. The event, held annually in April, marks the end of the national hunt season in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Several top national hunt races form the focal point of single day meetings held during the national hunt season. A win in any of these races is considered to be a major achievement in the career of a racehorse or trainer. They include:
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