The Top 5 races of the 2017 / 2018 Jumps season
There have been so many incredible races throughout the 2017 / 2018 National Hunt season, it’s been a tricky task picking just 5!
The big races at the big festivals showcased the drama that horse racing can produce to millions, while the more everyday fixtures certainly played host to their fair share of surprises too.
Here’s our top five races that’ll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!
Cheltenham Gold Cup
What a duel between Native River and Might Bite. A two-horse race all the way round, the other runners weren’t in the same league!
Brough Scott (British horse racing journalist, presenter, and former jockey) thought the Gold Cup was “the best head-to-head race he’s ever seen!”
What. A. Race.
— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 23, 2018
The small but lionhearted Tiger Roll took his time in the race, jumping smoothly over the famously demanding Aintree fences.
Tiger Roll and Davy Russell hit the front and then fought off the late challenge from Pleasant Company to provide trainer Gordon Elliott with his second Grand National.
— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) April 14, 2018
Buveur D’Air was labelled the banker of the Festival by some, looking in imperious form throughout the season.
However, the race certainly wasn’t a walkover…
It doesn’t get any less exciting the more you watch it…
— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 20, 2018
Waiting Patiently maintained his seven run unbeaten record in a titanic battle against the fan favourite Cue Card.
The victory was made all the poignant for the late Malcolm Jefferson, who trained Waiting Patiently and sadly died a few weeks before the fantastic race. It was also notable as ‘the people’s horse’ Cue Card ran a blinder in 2nd and evoked memories of his best days.
Waiting Patiently wins The Betfair Ascot Steeple Chase pic.twitter.com/6CXddVomVk
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) February 17, 2018
From last to first at Hexham
Jockey Tommy Dowson and Captain Sharpe came from absolutely nowhere to win the Northumberland Day Handicap Chase.
One of the best finishes you’re likely to see for many a year.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 13, 2017