National Hunt

National Hunt Horse Racing

National Hunt RacingNational Hunt is the official name for jump racing in the UK and Ireland. These days jump racing takes place all the year round, but it has become increasingly popular during the summer months too. The official National Hunt season runs from October to the end of April.

National hunt is divided into two distinct styles of jump racing, Steeplechasing and Hurdling. Steeplechases are usually run over distances that vary between 2 miles and 4½ miles, and are usually contested over fences that are fixed and are at least 4½ feet high. Hurdle races are run over 2 - 3½ miles and over much smaller fences.

The Jump season hosts many major races and festivals, the biggest of these horse racing betting events is of course the Grand National. However the biggest and premier festival each year is the Cheltenham festival; that takes place approximately 3-4 weeks before the Grand National.


In all there are four Grand Nationals that take place under the National Hunt banner:

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham FestivalThe Cheltenham Festival takes place in March and is the premier National Hunt festival of the season. The Festival includes classic National Hunt races such as the

Other Festivals

Other major Festivals to be considerd, that come under the banner of the National Hunt are: