Following on from Christmas and New Year, another edition of Cheltenham Festival appears on the horizon, promising the same level of excitement and drama that we’ve seen at The Festival since the very first race meeting over a hundred years ago. Of all horse racing events, the one that fans of the sport find to be the most enthralling is the Cheltenham Festival, where people across the UK and Ireland will travel any distance to see the many coveted jump and flat races being held over the four-day event.
As many punters have already assembled their own Cheltenham Festival tips in time for March, it’s worth considering past winners and the occasions where substantial value was found from backing outsiders. Although Cheltenham Racecourse has been a stage for the sport’s best horses proving their quality against other worthy opponents, there have been years where race meetings have gone against the script, leaving a dark horse to capitalise and snatch first place. We look back at some of Cheltenham Festival’s biggest winners between the most recent edition and the start of the 1990s in preparation for what we hope is another eventful year at Cheltenham Racecourse.