The Irish at Cheltenham

Anne Holland
Festival Fever

Irish victories at the Cheltenham Festival have risen to new levels in the 21st Century across all the races. Interesting and sometimes surprising stories unfold in Festival Fever, The Irish At Cheltenham.

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240 pages
228x155 mm

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Category Sport

It is said the land level of Ireland rises a few feet every March because so many people have left for the National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham.

English-Irish rivalry at this pinnacle of jump racing has always been keen but it has risen to new levels in the 21st Century, with many Irish winners across all the races, including the Gold Cup, Queen Mother Chase, Champion Hurdle and Stayers Hurdle.

But Festival Fever, The Irish At Cheltenham is about more than the winners, it is the whole atmosphere, the mix of ex-pat and visiting Irish among the thronging crowds, the craic; what goes on behind the scenes; many surprising stories are told.

It is also about the fascinating history – racing was banned at Cheltenham for a period during the 19th century; and the 1980s saw a dearth of Irish runners which led to enterprising attempts by the racecourse to woo them back.

Anne Holland was a successful amateur rider who once rode at Aintree on Grand National day. She has written many books on horse-racing including Steeplechasing: A Celebration, The Grand National: The Irish At Aintree and All in the Blood.

perfect stocking filler

The Irish Field

bang up to the minute, including coverage and stories from the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, Anne Holland’s love for her topic shines through … her energy and interest in the subject is palpable throughout and she writes in an easy style that brings the reader along at a great gallop … a book for any National Hunt fan

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