The Glenfarclas Cross Country Series at Cheltenham
For more than ten years now Glenfarclas has been the sole sponsor of Cross Country Racing in the U.K. There is only one cross country course, at Cheltenham, and there are three races per season held over this unique test of the National Hunt race-horse. Run over a distance just short of four miles, the twisting course takes in a unique variety of thirty two obstacles including the famous “Cheese Wedges”, banks, hurdles and even a replica of Aintree’s Canal Turn which sees the field take a near right angled left handed turn. A recent addition is a fence made from Glenfarclas casks, empty needless to say.
There are handicaps in November and December leading up to the championship race at the Cheltenham Festival in March which is a Class 2, level weights contest worth over £40,000 to the winner. In recent years this final has proved a good “prep” race for the Grand National with the Aintree winners Silver Birch and Tiger Roll having gone on from the Glenfarclas Chase to win the world’s most famous steeplechase and a number have been placed.
Owner J.P.McManus and trainer Enda Bolger have been the dominant figures of this discipline with numerous winners and placed horses. They are always a combination to be feared when the famous gold and green hooped colours appear on the racecard.
John Grant, Chairman of Glenfarclas, said: “We are proud of the long-standing association of our brand with this special series of races and believe the sponsorship to represent a perfect synergy with the Glenfarclas brand”.