Ahead of Great Britain and Ireland going head to head for the 888sport Prestbury Cup at one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Cheltenham Festival, which starts on Tuesday 12th March, Great British Racing have parodied another memorable battle – the famous final scene of Dodgeball.

In the fun video, trainers and jockeys from Great Britain including Nicky Henderson, Richard Johnson and Bryony Frost battle it out with their Irish counterparts, Gordon Elliot, Ruby Walsh and Jessica Harrington.

Refereeing the contest is ITV Racing’s Matt Chapman and his colleagues, Ed Chamberlin and Oli Bell the special guest commentators of the contest:

The 888sport Prestbury Cup is the annual contest between the home team of British-trained runners and those coming over from Ireland to see which can accumulate the most wins over the week.

It kicks off with the first race of the four-day Cheltenham Festival, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, which takes place at 1:30pm tomorrow and runs until either country has reached an unassailable 14 winners or more.

Ireland is looking to secure the hat-trick, having come out on top at last year, ending The Festival with 17 wins compared to Great Britain’s 11 and also stormed to victory in 2017 with 19 winners to 11.

Irish trainer, Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer at The Cheltenham Festival with 61 wins, one win ahead of Great Britain’s Nicky Henderson who has 60 Cheltenham Festival wins.

Both Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliot, also from Ireland, have been the top performing trainer at The Festival every year since 2011.

Irish jockey, Ruby Walsh, has the most Cheltenham Festival wins as a jockey with 58 victories.

The Prestbury Cup will be presented to jockeys and trainers from the winning team.

Great British Racing have also recreated another legendary scene from Shawshank Redemption, where prisoners are awoken to the delight of a famous Cheltenham Festival anthem:

Videos by Great British Racing.

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