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Lost Races

Since the first Cheltenham Festival in 1911, a number of races have come and gone or been replaced. Below we detail those lost races of the Cheltenham Festival:

Croome Hunters' Chase (1911)

Chapilizod, who subsequently won the 1913 Foxhunter Chase, won the only Festival running of this race.

Rose Hill Handicap Hurdle (1911)

Hardingstone, the 5/4 favourite, won the only renewal of this race, which was named after a local beauty spot.

Cheltenham Chase (1911)

Another race that survived only one year at the Festival.

Prestbury Handicap Chase (1911-12)

Although pre-dating the Festival, this race was only staged twice after 1911.

Southam Selling Chase (1911-15, 1921)

A short-lived two mile chase.

Cotswold NH Flat Race (1911-21)

Run on six occasions.

Cleeve Selling Hurdle (1911-23)

Staged on eight occasions. The winner in 1911, Aftermath, won the following year's running of the Stayers' Selling Hurdle.

Swindon Selling Chase (1911-39)

The only winner of note was Denis Auburn in 1920 who also won the Foxhunters' Chase in 1915.

National Hunt Juvenile Chase (1911-58)

Perhaps the Festival's most notorious race, this event - open only to four-year-olds - was finally abandoned in 1958 with the aptly named Bee Off riden by John Lawrence (later Lord Oaksey) winning the last renewal. The most notable winners of this race were future Grand National winners, Grakle and ESB and subsequent Gold Cup victor, Medoc II. In 1959 the race was replaced by the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase, which later became the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Jubilee Handicap Hurdle (1912)

Staged as a one-off in 1912, the Jubilee was replaced by the County Hurdle in 1913. In effect, the only difference between the two races was the name as the distance and value were exactly the same.

Stayers' Selling Hurdle (1912-38)

The original Stayers' Hurdle, which unlike the race currently staged at the Festival, was a seller, was dropped from the Festival programme in 1928. It returned in 1930, but was abandoned twice due to bad weather in the 'thirties. Silver Bay (1913 and 1914), Warwick (1923 and 1925) and Sobrino (1930 and 1933) were all dual winners.

Maiden Five-year-old Chase (1915)

A one-off won by Gary Mac who won the Southam Selling Chase five years later.

Coventry Handicap Chase (1915)

Only one renewal for this 3m 2f chase.

Amateur Riders' Chase (1920-29)

Run over two miles until 1923 and then three thereafter, the only notable winner was Dudley in 1923.

Breedon Selling Handicap Hurdle (1923-26)

Introduced when the Festival was extended to three days in 1923.

Newent Selling Chase (1923-42)

Run over two miles, The Newent Chase was, for a number of years, the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival. One name stands out from the winners of this race: Ferrens. A selling plate specialist, trained by George Beeby, Ferrens made seven appearances at the Festival, finishing unplaced in the 1933 Seven Springs Chase, second in the 1934 Swindon Chase and third, second, second, first, tenth and second in successive renewals of this from 1935-39. He was fifteen when he won and seventeen when he made his last appearance in 1939.

Spa Hurdle (1923, 1942, 1946-67, 1971)

A Spa Hurdle, over three miles, was run during the 1923 Festival and again in 1942 over two miles. It was established as a stayers' hurdle from 1946 until 1967, when it transferred to the April meeting in 1968, although it made a fleeting reappearance at the 1971 Festival and was subsequently revived at Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting. It was replaced in 1972 at the Festival by the Stayers Hurdle, today known as the World Hurdle. Prominent winners of the Spa Hurdle include the 1955 Champion Hurdler, Clair Soleil, successful in 1959 with legendary jockey Fred Winter. Merry Deal won this aged twelve in 1962, five years after winning the Champion Hurdle. Beau Normand, trained by Bob Turnell, is the only dual winner, having been successful in 1963 and 1967.

United Hunts Challenge Cup (1923-73)

Last run at the Festival in 1973, the race subsequently formed the centrepiece of Cheltenham's April Hunter's meeting. Baulking Green's name will forever be associated with this race. A strong chestnut, owned by Jim Reade and trained by Captain Tim Forster, Baulking Green won this race on four occassions, three times in succession between 1963-65 and again in 1967. In 1968, at the age of fifteen, he was beaten a short-head by Snowdra Queen, who had also taken the 1966 renewal. Uppergrange, (1926 and 1928), Cheerful Marcus (1935 and 1936) and Mr Teddy (1959 and 1962) also won the United Hunts Cup twice.

Open Military Handicap Chase (1924-26)

Only run on three occasions. Winner in the first two years was Ruddy Glow, who started favourite for the 1926 Gold Cup, but could only finish third.

Cleeve NH Flat Race (1924-26)

Also run on just three occasions, the final renewal was worth £415.

United Services Hunt Cup (1927-29)

Run over three-and-a-half-miles.

Swindon Hurdle (1928-29)

Replaced the Stayers' Selling Hurdle for two seasons.

Coventry Cup Chase (1928-36)

Introduced in 1928, the Coventry Cup became an unofficial two-mile championship. Fields were always small but select, although the match won by the 1/5 favourite Rathcoole in 1929 and Thomond II's walkover in 1934 were taking this selectivity a little too far. The inaugural running went to the fourteen-year-old Dudley, while in 1930 Blaris, the winner of the first Champion Hurdle in 1927, was successful.

Lansdown Selling Handicap Hurdle (1928-42)

No noteable winners, with the exception of Anarchist, who had finished second to Seneca in the previous year's Champion Hurdle and won the Lansdown Hurdle in 1942, a few days before finishing second to Forestation in the Champion Hurdle.

Seven Springs Handicap Chase (1930-50)

Although well established before the war, this race only survived until 1950. Noteable winners include Thomond II (a great rival of Golden Miller, who beat him three times in big races - twice in the Gold Cup and once in the Grand National). Abbot's Glance won in 1936 and 1939 whilst Medoc II won successive renewals in 1940 and 1941 before winning the 1942 Gold Cup. Silver Fame, winner of twenty-seven chases for his owner Lord Stalbridge, won this in 1948, three years before winning the Gold Cup.

Cathcart Challenge Cup Chase (1938-2004)

The two miles and five furlongs Cathcart Chase was a race for novices and second-season chasers named in honour of Frederick Cathcart, the clerk of the course and chairman at Cheltenham from 1908 to 1934. Quita Que (1958 and 1961), Half Free (1985 and 1986) and Stormyfairweather (1999 and 2000) were dual winners of the Cathcart, whilst Fred Winter trained seven winners of the race between 1972-1987. It was replaced in 2005 by two separate races: the Jewson Novices Handicap Chase and the Festival Trophy (Ryanair Chase) which were opened up to all horses.

National Hunt Moderate Chase (1941)

Thankfully, the Moderate Chase was only run once at the Festival. Victory, in this two mile race, went to Uplifter.

High Class Hurdle (1946)

Flying Mascot won the only running of this two mile hurdle race in 1946.

High Flyer Chase (1946)

A selling chase over three miles, this race made one appearance at the Festival in 1946 when the Brian Marshall ridden Lavenham beat his four rivals.

Gloucestershire Novices' Hurdle (1946-1973)

Between 1946-1971 the Gloucestershire Hurdle was divided on no less than 25 occasions and in 1946 and 1963 there were even three divisions. From 1974 it was renamed the Lloyds Bank Novices Hurdle, the first of various sponsors of a race that became known as the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 1980, when it took its now traditional spot as the Festival opener.

Croome Hurdle (1947)

Run as part of the revised one-day Festival in 1947.

Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase (1951-2005)

Established in 1951 and originally named in memory of the 2nd Baron Mildmay of Flete (1909–1950), an amateur National Hunt jockey who rode three winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The inaugural race took place in April because its planned running in March was abandoned due to waterlogging. The race was renamed The Festival Plate in 2006 and is now known as the Byrne Group Plate.

Birdlip Hurdle (1952-62)

Originally a two-mile selling hurdle, this race was run at the Festival on ten occasions. From 1958 its distance was extended to three-miles. A noteable name amongst the winners is Lester Piggot who rode Mull Sack to victory in 1954, whilst Fred Winter rode St Stephen to victory in 1962.

Aldsworth Hurdle (1956, 1971-73)

A race of this name firstly appeared at the Festival in 1956 as a two mile heat won by Nickleby. It reappeared in 1971 and is now know as the Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle.

George Duller Handicap Hurdle (1963-73)

Run in memory of a legendary hurdling specialist (before he turned to motor racing), this three mile race appeared on eleven occasions and was run in two divisions in 1969. In 1974 it was switched to the April meeting and replaced at the Festival by the Joe Coral Golden Hurdle Final, which is now known as the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final.

Cathcart Champion Hunter Chase Challenge Cup (1975-77)

This shortlived race replaced the Cathcart Cup for three seasons. The first renewal, in 1975, was abandoned and the subsequent two runnings went to Mickley Seabright and Rusty Tears. In 1978 the Cathcart reverted to its original name.

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