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Chicago Grey jumps the last on their way to victory Cheltenham 16.03.2011

Chicago Grey (right) winning the National Hunt Chase last year

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Cheltenham to rename race for Queen's Jubilee

CHELTENHAM will celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by renaming the National Hunt Chase at the festival in honour of the monarch's 60-year reign.

The 4m race, run on the Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival, will this year be called the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase. Now in its 142nd year, it is one of the oldest races at the festival.

Cheltenham managing director Edward Gillespie said: "The royal connection with Cheltenham is something we are particularly proud of and we are delighted to be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year by renaming the most historic race of the festival in her honour.

"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.

"I'm sure that the 2012 running will produce a thrilling spectacle and highlight the talents of more big-race winners of the future."

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