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Cheltenham Festival 2021: Reasons to Get Excited

The Cheltenham Festival is, without a doubt, the most prestigious and most anticipated meeting within the Jump racing calendar. Each year as the famous Roar resonates throughout Prestbury Park, there is plenty to look forward to from show-stopping horses to exquisite hospitality.

Here are just a few things that you won’t want to miss during Cheltenham’s four fabulous days of racing during 2021.

1. A 2021 revival for Altior?

Over the years, Altior has earned the status as a mighty Cheltenham champion, having placed first in every Grade 1 race since 2016, alongside jockey Nico de Boinville. Altior’s overall racing career is even more impressive. He won 19 races consecutively, with the winning streak only broken last November by Cyrname in the Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot.

Trainer, Nicky Henderson, intended for Altior to run in the 2020 Champion Chase, in a bid to claim a Cheltenham victory for the fifth year running. Sadly, Altior was unable to run following an ongoing injury.

His health issues led Henderson to withdraw him from a number of races in 2019. He was due to run at the Unibet Silviniaco Conti Chase Kempton, as well as The Clarence House Chase at Ascot. Henderson stated that Game Spirit Chase at Newbury and Cheltenham were a priority. Whilst Altior went ahead at Newbury, coming first place, Henderson decided that he was not fit to run at Cheltenham.

Whilst it would be amazing to see Altior become a Cheltenham Festival champion once again, ultimately, the horse comes first. There are always a number of show-stopping horses to watch out for during Cheltenham’s Champion Chase. Whilst the 2021 runners are yet to be confirmed, there is talk that A Plus Tard and Cyrname could be in the running, both of whom have impressive performances behind them!

2. A third Gold Cup win for Al Boum Photo in 2021?

Cheltenham’s  Gold Cup chase is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious races within the National Hunt season. Last year’s first place went to the Willie Mullins trained Al Boum Photo for the second consecutive year. Naturally, the question on racegoers lips is can Al Boum Photo win Gold Cup for the third year running?

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup saw Santini and  Lostintranslation battle it out for the majority of the race. However, it was Al Boum Photo who was able to give it that final burst of energy and charge his way into first place, almost mirroring his previous performance.

Taking the Gold Cup at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 for the third year would most definitely be a momentous occasion and not one to miss for horse racing lovers!

3. St Patrick’s Day 2021

Every year on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, friends from the Emerald Isle make their way over to Prestbury Park to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Often the liveliest day of the festival, this is the perfect opportunity to revel in some serious racing action all whilst keeping the Guinness flowing.

This is the chance to witness the two iconic races of the day, The Stayers Hurdle and Ryanair Chase. Entries for the Stayers Hurdle are yet to be confirmed but it is hoped that we will see a number of familiar names including Cyrname, Hell’s Kitchen, A Plus Tard and Bristol de Mai.

St Patrick’s Day is always guaranteed to be an action-packed day and promises to provide high levels of amusement during the Cheltenham Festival 2021.

4. Cheltenham 2021 Hospitality & VIP Tickets

If you don’t already have Cheltenham Festival tickets or hospitality packages booked for 2021, head on over to our Cheltenham hospitality page where you can find all the options available to ensure you have the most memorable Cheltenham experience.

Experience the finest hospitality in a wide range of exclusive facilities and guarantee a race day experience to remember. Our exclusive Silks facility is the perfect venue to host your Cheltenham 2021 experience. You and your guests can enjoy VIP package includes such as a complimentary bar, delicious four-course luncheon as well as rubbing shoulders with Nico di Boinville and our celebrity guest tipsters. Or if you fancy a bit of live music, David ‘Yosser’ Hughes will be performing in our Venue facility.

You and your valued clients will feel like VIP’s right from the beginning. There really is no experience quite like The Cheltenham Festival. It is the bucket list event for many racegoers and enthusiasts. Secure your place today and look forward to the same celebrations and excitement next season.

What are the dates for Cheltenham Festival 2021?

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 is due to take place on Tuesday 16th March 2021 – Friday 19th March 2021. Make sure you don’t miss out and book your Cheltenham Festival 2021 hospitality packages today!

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