Cheltenham Owners and Trainers

Essential Cheltenham Updates for Owners’ and Trainers

In 2020 the racing season at Cheltenham Racecourse will offer around £7.5 million in prize money across their 16 days of exhilarating Jumps action.

Owners and trainers dream of running winners in Cheltenham races, particularly at The Festival, which always attracts a star-studded field. The likes of JP McManus, Willie Mullins and Patricia Pugh have all entered their stable stars into races at Cheltenham. The Home of National Hunt racing have a committed team of staff to ensure that Owners’ and Trainer visits run as expected, from the distribution of badges and tickets to parking, access to the enclosures, serving hospitality and, for teams with winning horses, the presentation of trophies.

The Going

The going refers to the state of the grounds on a racetrack and is used to measure the amount of moisture present in the ground before a race. In addition to providing an official description in the going report, Racecourses are required to take penetrometer readings with a TurfTrax GoingStick which will give a more thorough inspection of the going.

For owners’ and trainers, the going reports are crucial as it allows them to decide whether a horse should run or not. Horses perform better on different grounds, with some even being ‘specialists’ on particular grounds – take racing powerhouse Altior for example, he prefers good ground over soft ground, although the Nicky Henderson trained runner has been successful on softer ground.

The going report is helpful not only for owners and trainers but for racegoers to as it will also help you predict your winning runners for the day. If you know what horses perform better on particular surfaces, you may be in with a lucky bet!

Are you, or your guests in need of Cheltenham hospitality tickets and packages on race day?

Trainer Arrangements

Two badges and tickets, as well as one car parking label will be sent out to all confirmed Trainers’ via postal mail. However, Trainers’ who are part of the NTF (National Trainers Federation) will only receive a parking label. Your NTF metal badge will gain you access to Cheltenham Racecourse, Weighing Rooms, Parade Ring and Unsaddling Enclosures on race day, as well as all the hospitality areas, except for during the Festival.

Which Course are races being held on during the Festival?

On Champion Tuesday and Ladies Day Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival, races will be run on Cheltenham’s Old Course. On St. Patrick’s Thursday and Gold Cup Friday, races will take place on the New Course at Cheltenham.

Owner Arrangements

As a standard, four tickets and badges will be sent out to all Owners’ with runners at The Festival, as well as two car parking labels – all of which will be sent out by post. After declarations, you will be able to request for an additional two badges/tickets from the appointed Owners’ and Trainers’ Appointee.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality

We have Private Boxes situated on Level 4 of the Grandstand offering unrivalled, panoramic views of the racing action from your own reserved balcony. These boxes offer the perfect base for the day being close to the Parade Ring and unsaddling enclosures.

Aside from Private Box hospitality, we offer a number of other exclusive facilities such as our flagship restaurant Silks, which is a luxurious course-facing facility with all-inclusive hospitality, and The Venue, located in the Official Cheltenham Festival Hospitality Village and complete with live entertainment to close the evening.

The Jockey Club’s Tattersalls Owners’ & Trainers’ Lunch Pavilion is reserved exclusively for teams with runners in the Festival, as well as a bar in the Princess Royal Stand.

The Latest Cheltenham Racecourse Going Report

The latest Cheltenham going report will be available 5 days prior to the meeting.

The Going on Festival Trials Day: Soft.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality

Enjoy the very best hospitality at Cheltenham Racecourse with our a wide range of VIP hospitality options. Guests can enjoy a Private box experience like no other, though, there are plenty of exclusive facilities to choose from that will ensure a first class hospitality experience.

Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the most prestigious courses in the world. Set in the gorgeous Prestbury Park it plays host to the Cheltenham Festival in March. Also famous for its ‘roar’, the atmosphere at Cheltenham is simply electric. Cheltenham Racecourse hospitality facilities are also as you’d expect; superb, with restaurants, private boxes and marquees available.

There is limited availability for 2020 so be sure to book your Cheltenham VIP experiences early.

The Types of Going

In the UK there are six grades of surface which range from firm to heavy and determine the speed in which a horse will be able to run a race.


Firm ground is usually raced on during Summer months when Flat racing takes place. The surface conditions are much dryer, which means horses are able to run faster.

Good to firm

The grounds are marginally slower than firm grounds but the horse will still have a quick pace. A seventh-grade surface exists, known as hard but this type of ground has been considered dangerous for both the jockey and horse. So, sometimes racecourse officials will take action and add water to the track to soften it slightly, especially if no rain has been forecasted.


This is the most common type of ground and often considered the fairest for the majority of horses. Most horses seem to favour good ground as it is the easiest to run on and so racecourses such as Cheltenham will use this ground the most as it attracts a wider field.

Good to soft

On the soft side of good, this type of ground retains a lot of water and so will be slightly harder for a horse to run on due to the high moisture content.


This type of ground is most common during the Jumps season, when the temperature has dropped and rain is regular. However, this type of surface can be much harder for horses to run on due to the high moisture content, and so horses are more likely to run slower. However, some of the most celebrated horses have wowed the masses on this type of ground, take Arkle in Cheltenham’s Gold Cup Chase for example.


Not many horses enjoy racing on this type of surface as the grounds are essentially soaked in water. Horses will run slow on this ground, which offers a real test of stamina and could actually be quite exciting to watch.

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