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How well do you know your Festival history? Donnchadh Boyle selects 20 questions to sort out the Festival regulars from the Festival chancers

 1 AP McCoy has won all of the Festival's major championship races bar one. Name that race.

2 Four winners of the Gold Cup as jockeys have gone on to train the first home in the same race. Name them.

3 The Ryanair Chase was introduced to the Festival in 2005 but what race did it replace?

4 The 2013 Festival saw a record for the number of Irish-trained winners. How many were there?

5 Name Aidan O'Brien's first winner at the Cheltenham Festival?

6 What record did super mare Quevega set at last year's Festival?

7 Who was the champion Flat jockey who won the bumper on Pizarro in 2002?

8 Fred Winter, Fred Rimell, Gerry Wilson and Dessie Hughes are the only men to have managed to do what at Cheltenham?

9 Name the only French-trained winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

10 Jim Culloty claimed the Gold Cup with Lord Windermere last year but he also won with his only other runner at the Cheltenham Festival. Can you name him?

11 How many Irish-trained winners were there at last year's Festival?

12 In what year was the fourth day added to the Festival schedule?

13 How many times has AP McCoy been crowned top jockey at the Festival?

14 What Gold Cup record did Kauto Star set when winning the race in 2009?

15 Name the five horses that are triple Champion Hurdle winners.

16 Six jockeys currently riding have been named champion jockey at the Festival. Name them.

17 Eleven-year-old Hurricane Fly will look to turn back the clock on day one of the Festival and win the Champion Hurdle. Which was the last 11-year-old to win the race?

18 Which Grand National-winning jockey will miss the Festival for the second year running?


19 In what year was the Festival cancelled completely?

20 Which trainer and jockey combined to win the 1995 Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle?



1 World Hurdle

2 Fred Winter - Saffron Tartan (1961), Mandarin (1962) Midnight Court (1978); Pat Taaffe - Arkle (1964, 1965, 1966), Fort Leney (1968) Captain Christy (1974); Jonjo O'Neill - Alverton (1979), Dawn Run (1986) Synchronised (2012); Jim Culloty - Best Mate (2002, 2003, 2004) Lord Windermere (2014)

3 Cathcart Chase

4 14

5 Urubande (1996 SunAlliance Hurdle)

6 She became the first horse to win at six successive Festivals.

7 Jamie Spencer

8 They have all ridden and trained a Champion Hurdle winner.

9 The Fellow (1994)

10 Spring Heeled

11 12

12 2005

13 Twice (1997 and 1998)

14 He was the first horse to reclaim the race after winning in 2007 and losing to Denman in 2008.

15 Hatton's Grace (1949-51), Sir Ken (1952-54), Persian War (1968-70), See You Then (1985-87), Istabraq (1998-2000)

16 Richard Johnson, Barry Geraghty, Graham Lee (on the Flat), Robert Thornton (injured), Ruby Walsh, AP McCoy.

17 Sea Pigeon (1981)

18 Jason Maguire

19 2001 (due to foot and mouth)

20 Kim Bailey and Norman Williamson


Arkle - 16-20 correct answers KAUTO STAR - 11-15 ISTABRAQ - 7-10 UR - 4-6

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