Horse race renamed for Queen’s Jubilee

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One of the country's leading amateur jump races, the National Hunt Chase, is set to be renamed this year to honour the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The race in March will be rebranded the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase for one year as one of the Queen's well-known passions is breeding and racing horses. She is often seen attending meetings around the country.

Managing director of Cheltenham Racecourse Edward Gillespie said the royal connection with Cheltenham is something the organisers are particularly proud of and they are delighted to be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year with the most historic race of the festival.

"In recent years, the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase has been restored to its former glory and is now the foremost novices' chase for long-distance steeplechasers," he added.

In 2008 the National Hunt Chase was temporarily renamed in order to mark legendary former race commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan's 90th birthday.

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