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By:
TITCH 1
When: 18 Feb 13 18:46
*star
By:
Makybe_Diva
When: 18 Feb 13 18:47
Oops...was laughing at Roger's comment.

Yes...remember the feeling well when the Wednesday was called off Sad
By:
yeast
When: 18 Feb 13 19:09
2 standout:

Danoli and Dorans Pride together coming around the home turn in the Sun Alliance - The atmosphere was absolutely electric. Never felt it before or since. Didn't have a penny on either but it didn't matter a jot.

Master Minded hacking up in his 1st QM. I recall the crowd going quiet all all thinking simultaneously "Christ what have we just seen here".

Roll on 3 weeks.
By:
Joist
When: 18 Feb 13 19:13
One for me is at my first Festival, I'd backed Amaretto Rose at 11s for the Supreme and so when she came there absolutely cruising 2 out and the commentator mentioned as such and the cavernous roar that accompanied the comment, it mattered not one jot that she didn't win- it was a magical, unforgettable moment.

Since, my favourite moments I think have Inglis Drever's groundhog day rallying down the hill after getting outpaced and then once back in touch he'd never be beaten.
By:
workrider
When: 18 Feb 13 19:16
same here hickster....Cry
By:
Steamship
When: 18 Feb 13 19:31
The best meeting in the world. So many heroes and so many tragedies I have been spellbound by Cheltenham since I was 10.
By:
sageform
When: 18 Feb 13 19:35
More good and bad ones that I backed ante post.
Voy Por Ustedes. Arkle at 70. Nice one. Never in any danger.
Karanja at 70. Unseated before the start when favourite!
By:
FOYLESWAR
When: 18 Feb 13 21:32
2 magical mcoy rides one good for me one bad ......... backed hill society arkle ,was absolutly sure it had got up champleve done him !.............. backed synchonised  last years gold cup  what a ride .
By:
Moose
When: 18 Feb 13 22:25
Would love to see a video of when Kings Curate won the stayers hurdle. From memory, he seemed well beaten 3 out and collared Run For Free(?) on the line.
By:
OI OI DIXIE
When: 18 Feb 13 22:49
Pigeon island -2 years ago.. Grand annual. Scooted up the hill - on at 10s
By:
Hanbury
When: 19 Feb 13 02:38
Hey OI OI, I managed to get 20/1 on Pidgeon Island!! Had £100 on him too!!
By:
Ballydoyle
When: 19 Feb 13 10:42
50s in morning the Pigeon
By:
TheAnorak
When: 19 Feb 13 11:22
Moose,

Here you go :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hObu5dvK7N0
By:
THE LEGEND
When: 19 Feb 13 11:27
20min Stewards enq .., on the Bumper Rhinestone Cowboy and Pizarro still gutted had 800quid on Cowboy
By:
Moose
When: 19 Feb 13 23:50
Brilliant stuff TheAnorak, your you tube search skills obviously surpass mineLaugh

Still doesn't look the winner 3 out does he?
By:
TheAnorak
When: 20 Feb 13 08:13
Moose,

I had an interest in a horse with Mellor at that time, so had followed Kings Curate all season - I've watched that video a good few times and knew it was on there somewhere. Of course he wouldn't be able to win the race today, as soon after that it was switched to the New Course and as a result, the trip is about 3 furlongs shorter than it was then.

My personal Festival favourite race is the 1984 Arkle, which produced a duel between Noddys Ryde and Bobsline from three out. I was watching from the old members roof stand (now demolished) and got so carried away I was shouting 'come on England' as they ran to the last fence - and I wasn't the only one either!

You can see that race here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LB5eBQMJ60

The Arkle starts at 5m 48s in, and the key part from about 8m in on that film.
By:
bluebirdfan
When: 20 Feb 13 14:48
The roar when Hoiles announced that Kauto, Denman and Long Run were together coming down the hill
By:
Makybe_Diva
When: 20 Feb 13 18:14
Buena Vista winning his second Pertemps Final is a very happy Cheltenham memory.
By:
atho
When: 20 Feb 13 19:20
best memories the battles between night nurse and monksfield classics
By:
nalky
When: 20 Feb 13 21:50
my worst memory was 1990 the year before i started going to the festival,i done 3 each way doubles and a each way treble,1st horse henry mann won at 20/1 next topsham bay won at 40/1 i took 33/1 last one i changed my mind from new halen to king of the lot,king of the lot was 3rd at 7/1 i think, new halen won at 66/1.  oh dear !!! never change your mind .
By:
SirFresh
When: 20 Feb 13 23:31
Supreme Novices in 2002.

First race in 2 years at Cheltenham and the first time I had an interest in racing other than the National.

Was a glorious sunny day and me and a couple of mates bunked off 6th form to watch it in the bookies.
By:
SirFresh
When: 20 Feb 13 23:31
*Cheltenham festival
By:
casual
When: 22 Feb 13 23:25
always One Man winning Champion Chase best memory- didn't back him but didn't care.
By:
alleged22
When: 22 Feb 13 23:41
^^^^^^^^^^^^ great answer
By:
cussafuar
When: 23 Feb 13 00:06
back in front and norman williamson in the supreme swinging off them coming round the home turn...class!!!   likewise rooster booster and dickie pulling double..nothing beats seeing a horse at cheltenham absolutely swinging off them coming round the home turn...xenophon and mick fitz was good too!!...there is no track like the festival track!!!
By:
what do i do now?
When: 26 Feb 13 11:01
I'm a Festival novice compared to the vast majority of youse: one day in 2010, two days in 2011 and one day last year.

In fact, I'd only been to about four race meetings before the Thursday in 2010 and I'd never backed a winner. I don't know much about racing, but to have around 20 losing bets out of 20 is some effort.

Anyway, my first day at Cheltenham continued my run of staggering ineptitude, then it was the Ryanair. Roaring home Albertas Run was a moment I'll never forget.

I found out half an hour ago that my mate's come up trumps with a couple of comps for the Tuesday of this year's Festival. Thirteen days and counting. Cannot wait.
By:
THE LEGEND
When: 26 Feb 13 22:51
Standing in Best Mate beer tent when You'll Never Walk Alone....although i ainy no scouser would even go as far as i hate them....did make me
By:
THE LEGEND
When: 26 Feb 13 22:53
laugh .....some sight 1000 people singing he song glasses raised
By:
Mystic Wind
When: 27 Feb 13 08:38
Probably already mentioned, but Edredon Bleu vs Direct Route in the 2000 QMCC is as good a race as you'll ever see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-fGO_MlYc0
By:
IanD83
When: 27 Feb 13 13:21
Only went to the festival for the first time last year (for the last two days) despite watching for several, so don't really have that much to compare with. Out of those two days though, personal highlight was Salut Flo winning the Byrne Plate. Don't normally go for short priced favs in handicaps but Salut Flo's a somewhat inexplicable favourite of me and a my friends. Had a sentimental charge and was rewarded for mug punting of the highest order.

Of races where I wasn't actually there, Long Runs gold cup. The old legends Denman (the horse that got me hooked on NH racing) and Kauto Star battling away and getting done by the young pretender Long Run.
By:
the yomper
When: 27 Feb 13 14:47
Dizzy- many moons ago-Happy Days
By:
el chine
When: 27 Feb 13 14:52
dessie winning in 89 , i was in the what is now the best mate enc, sleet,rain,an freezing cold but what a sporting moment.
By:
el chine
When: 27 Feb 13 14:54
an one for my pocket, last yrs x country ! an one for my liver Queens hotel !
By:
rubhahunish
When: 27 Feb 13 15:37
Have to agree with Rooster Booster's champion hurdle, especially as my mate had been particularly rude about "that jumped-up handicapper" throughout the season.  To see him make his move at the top of the hill and put the race to bed so easily is definitely my highlight of highlights.
By:
duffy
When: 27 Feb 13 15:38
^
me tooHappy
By:
Navel-Gazer
When: 27 Feb 13 15:53
Always had a soft spot for Rooster Booster as I'd had an awful Cheltenham the year he won the County Hurdle, and I decided to do a hefty E/W bet (for me) to recoup around £500 losses over the week in the getting out stakes, thinking he was a place bet to nothing.

I really didn't expect him to win (in those days he always found something to beat him) and I couldn't believe that he got me straight (and a little bit of profit) after picking utter shíte over the previous few days Confused

After the finale, an appalling Festival was turned around and it was a case of onwards & upwards for next year - surely I'm not alone with an experience like that.
By:
Navel-Gazer
When: 27 Feb 13 15:55
I don't know why the confused emoticon appeared though it's there for a reason now Confused
By:
rubhahunish
When: 27 Feb 13 16:27
Rooster was the first in my Lucky 15 that year which included Moscow, Azertyuiop and...effing Valley Henry, yes it should have been Best Mate but Henrietta Knight gives me the pip, and didn't like the owner either - reminded me of "I am considerably richer than yow"
By:
paulo47
When: 27 Feb 13 18:41
Muscles on muscles ....Istabraaq , the unbelievable Night Nurse on that ground , the selflessness of Micky Fitz making sure Adrian M hadnt swallowed his tongue when they both came down (was by fence ) and being the only spectator at the start of Call Equiname's CC as I wanted to see if Or Royal jumped off (It was allowed then , and he did ...they had the long tom ! )
By:
bigblockhead
When: 28 Feb 13 00:33
Alexander Banquet beating Joe Mac in the bumper, 50,000 shouting for Joe , Me shouting Ruby home on his first festival winner - Then Silence!
banquet had only gone and beat the irish hotpot - oooops...!
Another Rum - NH Chase 2005, after a few pints adopted the scientific method of picking winners in huge fields ermmm! "i want that one!" a la little britain! to see it storming up the hill like a 5f sprinter and then waiting to see what the tote was going to pay on a 40/1 sp winner (paid 64.00) good times.
one of the best hours i had at the festival was backing celestial halo in the 2008 triumph than playing up the winnings on Denman in the gold cup an hour or so later , the sheer site of denman the pretender serving it up to the champ kauto was an awesome spectacle.........
heres to many more great memories from the 2013 festival........
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