Enjoy fun facts about Cheltenham Festival runners

  • Would knowing a racehorse’s personality help you to pick a winner for next week’s Cheltenham Festival?

    Racing for Change has posted a page of “Horse Profiles” on its Love The Races website, featuring the top contenders for the four biggest races at the Festival — the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, World Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.

    Besides their greatest wins and form stats, the profiles give an insight to the horses’ characters, with personal quotes from their grooms and jockeys, and fun trivia.

    Find out which of these stars is described as a couch potato or an aeroplane, and which one bucks and kicks.

    Each horse has a nickname, as well as being matched to a celebrity — Kauto Star is likened to super-smooth tennis champ Roger Federer, while his rival, Denman, is anthropomorphed into heavyweight boxer David Haye.

    Racing for Change PR manager Milly Baker said that the profiles were aimed at newcomers to the sport.

    “The new horse profiles are a fun and informative way to highlight racing’s equine stars to the uninitiated, ahead of one of racing’s biggest festivals of the year,” she said.

    Visit: www.lovetheraces.com/horse-profiles/

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