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Cheltenham Festival: Top 20 Fun Facts

Cheltenham Racecourse – What’s on?

The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest meeting of the National Hunt Season. Hundreds of thousands of racing enthusiasts flock to Prestbury Park courses each year for a horse racing event like no other. The four days of the festival showcase some of the finest jump racing action in the horse racing world. There’s plenty to love and enjoy about Cheltenham Racing. The atmosphere, action and unrivalled thrills are something both enthusiasts and novices saviour.

Cheltenham Racecourse isn’t just famed for one event of the year. There’s plenty going on throughout the National Hunt Season. Upcoming events include the Cheltenham November Meeting. Hosted on Friday 16th – Saturday 18th November, racegoers flock to Cheltenham for some fine racing action. The Cheltenham November Meeting is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. Some of the high class racing includes The BetVictor Gold Cup, The Greatwood Hurdle and The Shloer Chase.

The racing action continues in December with the Cheltenham International Meeting on Friday 14th December to Saturday 15th December. This is another highlight of the racing season, with top races including the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (December Gold Cup) and The International Hurdle.

There’s plenty of racing action to enjoy throughout the season at Cheltenham. However, the highlight of the season undoubtedly is the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. For many years the Cheltenham Festival has provided us with plenty of triumphant wins and devastating losses.

Want to learn a little more about the great Cheltenham Festival? Discover below our top 20 fun facts and learn all the fun quirks that make Cheltenham Festival so great.

Top 20 Fun Cheltenham Festival Facts:

The Olden Days
1. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup race was in 1924 with a prize fund of £685.

It’s a big crowd
2. 230,000 horse racing enthusiasts will flock to Prestbury Park for Cheltenham Festival meeting each year.

Long way to go
3. The length of the racetrack is 5.3 metres long which is the second largest after the Grand National at Aintree.

VIP Hospitality
4. 40,000 hospitality guests are served over the four day period.

One time only
5. The Cheltenham Festival has only ever been cancelled once which was due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2001.

Luck of the Irish
6. 10,000 Irish Fans are said to attend each day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Quid’s In
7. The total prize money across the four days is reportedly just over £4.5 million.

Lucky Number 2
8. Dawn Run is the name of the only horse ever to win both the Champion Hurdle (1984) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup (1986).

Goodbye Savings
9. Over £600,000,000 is spent on Cheltenham Festival betting each year.

Chips anyone?
10. A massive 20,000 portions of chips will be consumed during the four days.

Cheltenham Legend
11. Golden Miller is the only racehorse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on five consecutive occasions.

Feeling 22
12. A total of 22 fences are jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup race.

Value for money
13. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain.

It’s your round
14. A massive 220,000 pints of the Irish drink Guinness is said to be consumed each year.

Supporting the locals
15. On average the festival brings in around £100 million each year into the local Gloucestershire economy.

Looking for a job?
16. More than 6000 temporary workers are employed for the four day festival.

Making rush hour traffic seem fun
17. Around 105,000 people travel through Cheltenham Spa Station over the four days.

A treat for racing enthusiasts
18. A total of 27 National Hunt races are ran during the Festival.

Food is served
19. The canapés are always in full swing as a massive 3 tonnes of smoked salmon is consumed every year.

Cheltenham Festival Royalty
20. Ruby Walsh is the most successful Cheltenham Festival jockey who once received 7 wins in a year.

Cheltenham Racecourse Hospitality

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The November Meeting
The International Meeting
New Years Day Meeting
Festival Trials Day Meeting

For those wanting to attend the prestigious Cheltenham Festival our VIP hospitality packages are the perfect way to experience a race day like no other. Witness all the nail-biting action from the event in sublime style. We have hospitality available for Champion Day, Ladies Day, Cheltenham St Patricks Day,and Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. Dine in style in your very own private Grandstand box. Or why not indulge in a fine dining experience in the Long Run Restaurant. Of course, Cheltenham Festival Hospitality wouldn’t be what it is without access to the prestigious Silks.

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Cheltenham Festival: Might Bite in great shape ahead of race

Triple Grade One winner Might Bite, is in perfect shape feels jockey Nico de Boinville as he steps up his preparations ahead of the Gold Cup run at Cheltenham.

The Nicky Henderson-trained 9-year-old participated in a racecourse gallop alongside reigning Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D’Air and fellow stablemate Theinval following racing at Kempton on Saturday.

“We are very happy with him and it all went to plan,” said De Boinville. “We went a nice even gallop all the way round and finished hard on the bide.”

The 28-year-old added: “He is exactly where we want him to be right now and I’m sure we will carry on doing bits and pieces here and there but I’m sure that will have got him where we want him to be.”

Also present was Nicky Henderson, who described himself as ‘one happy trainer’ after seeing his leading Cheltenham Festival candidates Might Bite and Buveur D’Air at Kempton.

Might Bite leads the way in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup betting following his King George VI Chase victory at Christmas whilst Buveur D’Air is the odds-on favourite for a repeat of his 2017 victory in the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

If you’d like to see your Cheltenham favourites in action in 2019 then be sure to book your Cheltenham Festival Hospitality now with Eventmasters.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality - Silks Restaurant - VIP Tickets 2018

Our Silks@Frontrunners facility offers a wonderful hospitality experience for guests which includes a four-course luncheon, complimentary and stunning course-facing balcony views.

With a stunning array of corporate facilities to choose from, including our flagship Silks@Frontrunners Restaurant, The Venue and private Grandstand Boxes, there is certainly something to satisfy all racegoers.

Find our full availability for each day of the meeting below:

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Ladies Day

St Patrick’s Thursday

Gold Cup Day

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Handy Guide

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Everything you need to know

Cheltenham Festival will once again descend on Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019. The annual meeting is one of the highlights of the racing calendar. The event sees many of the best British and Irish trained runners compete for the victory. The highly anticipated event will no doubt provide excitement and nail biting action for all race goers to enjoy. The four day festival features some of the sports best Grade One races. Highlights include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Let’s look back at the history of the event and find out more about what to expect from the upcoming 2019 festival.


Cheltenham Festival History

The first race of the Cheltenham Festival known as “The National Hunt Chase” took place in 1860 in Market Harborough. Originally Cheltenham Festival races were held in a variety of different locations. Warwick Racecourse was amongst the most popular location before the early 1900’s. The official move to Prestbury Park was in 1911. Prestbury Park have played host to the Cheltenham Festival each year ever since.

The oldest most renowned race at Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the Stayer’s Hurdle. First ran in 1912 the championship race is a highlight of the meeting.

There have been many triumphant wins over the years and history has certainly been made. A memorable win in history dates back to 1987 which saw the first female jockey win a race. 21 year old Gee Armytage made a remarkable stamp in history inspiring many.

After 2005, came the introduction of a four day festival instead of three. This change meant a championship race could be held on each day. Which gave more racing enthusiasts a reason to celebrate. A four day extravaganza of racing, horses and action. The atmosphere at Cheltenham Festival is unimaginable. There really is no better way to experience Cheltenham Festival than first hand.


Cheltenham Festival 2019

Let’s now delve into more about what to expect from the 2019 meeting. We have put together a run down of each day to help make deciding which day to attend a little easier. Whether you want to get glammed up on Ladies Day, feel lucky on St Patrick’s Thursday or experience all the thrills from Gold Cup Day there’s plenty to enjoy.


Champion Day 2019

Champion Day kicks off the Cheltenham Festival on 12/03/19. Presented by Magners this day looks to set off the Cheltenham Festival in true style. Uniting racegoers from all over for a day of enjoyable racing and nail biting action. The famous “Cheltenham Roar” unites fans from far and wide to celebrate the first race of the festival. Champion Day plays host to one of the biggest races of the season; The Champion Hurdle. Successful winners have included the likes of Hurricane Fly Sea Pigeon. There’s plenty of racing action for you all to enjoy. Other races on the day include:

• The Supreme Novices Hurdle
• The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
• OLGB Mares’ Hurdle

You can enjoy Champion Day in style with our exclusive VIP Cheltenham Festival hospitality and tickets. Treat your valued clients to an experience to remember at Cheltenham. You and your guests can choose from packages with fine dining, a private balcony or champagne reception. Make the start to the Cheltenham Festival an unforgettable day and celebrate in style.


Ladies Day 2019

The excitement doesn’t stop there. Think glam, style and elegance as thousands descend on Cheltenham Ladies Day on 13/03/19. Ladies Day is one of the most popular days of the meeting thanks to the high quality racing. The highlight of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The quickest and most able horses will compete in hopes of being victorious. Previous winners include the likes of Master Minded and Flyingbolt. The other races on the day are:

• Management Novices’ Hurdle
• The RSA Chase
• The Coral Cup
• The Wetherby’s Champion Bumper

Ladies Day has become a staple piece across racing events and Cheltenham Festival is no different. Ladies put on their frocks, most extravagant hats and descend on Prestbury Park in hopes of being the best dressed. It is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit and get glammed up. Feel even more like a VIP with our luxurious hospitality packages. They are certain to make you and your guests feel special for the day. With private boxes and VIP access to the renowned Silks available there is no better way to enjoy Ladies Day. Network with your clients and guests in true luxury.


St Patrick’s Thursday 2019

Are you feeling lucky? Attending St Patrick’s Thursday needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. The exhilarating atmosphere is unrivalled and there’s plenty of fun to be had. The Guinness will no doubt be in abundance as many enjoy an exciting day at the races. There’s plenty of racing action to be enjoyed throughout the day including the following races:

• The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle
• The Ryanair Chase
• The JLT Novices’ Chase, Novices´ Hurdle
• Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day early in true style with our exclusive hospitality packages. They are certain to ensure you and your guests have a memorable experience full of laughs, fun and unrivalled hospitality. Once again you can choose from packages with four course luncheons, afternoon tea and a champagne reception. Add a touch of glamour to your team day out and feel like a VIP for the day.


Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2019

The final day of the Cheltenham Meeting is a mighty event! Cheltenham Gold Cup Day is one of the biggest events in racing. With thousands wanting to experience a bit of the action. Playing host to the most prestigious chase in the world, the Timico Gold Cup is the true highlight of the week. Racing enthusiasts will be in their element as they embark on an unforgettable day at the races.

The racing action continues with:

• The Triumph Hurdle
• The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle
• Martin Pipe Hurdle
• The Grand Annual Chase

Conclude Cheltenham Festival the right way with our VIP hospitality. Once again you will be truly spoilt from beginning to end. Gold Cup day is definitely one where you can truly celebrate with co-workers and clients. Network, socialise and let your hair down with all that there is to offer from the great event. There really is no better way to experience all the action than on Gold Cup Day.

Whether a racing newbie or a true fan we are certain you will have a day to remember.


VIP Facilities

As we have mentioned our VIP hospitality packages are available on all four days of the Cheltenham Festival Meeting. The exclusive facilities on offer need little introduction. They will provide the perfect atmosphere to host a day out at the races with your clients. You can enjoy an experience in the prestigious Silks or maybe you would prefer your very own private Grandstand Box? There’s plenty to choose from to suit the needs of your party.

Other VIP exclusive facilities include:

• The Venue
• Long Run Restaurant
• Long Run Private Box

Whether you want a private location or to be amongst all the action we are certain our facilities will suit your needs.


Have you decided on what day is most appealing yet? We are certain you will have an unforgettable experience. Be sure to book up fast as every year Cheltenham Festival is a high demand event. You and your guests deserve a VIP experience like no other. Think luxury, glamour and elegance and get on down to Cheltenham Festival 2019. Let us take all the worries of the day away with our VIP hostess team. All you need to focus on is betting on the winning horse, right? Laugh with your clients, network over drinks and build stronger relationships in the most perfect environment. Cheltenham Racecourse looks forward to welcoming you and your guests for a VIP experience like no other.

Book your VIP Cheltenham Festival Hospitality and Packages for 2019 now!

Ruby Walsh at Cheltenham Festival – Greatest Moments

Irish-born Ruby Walsh has been leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival 11 times. With the help of Kauto Star, Big Buck’s and Azertyuiop, he has outperformed the competition.

To understand the prestige of the Cheltenham Festival, we have to look at the man’s successes.

The Irishman was a talented jockey from an early age. Enjoying several wins, he is now known as one of the most successful jockeys in history. His wins have included the Grand National (2000) – on his first attempt – the Scottish Welsh and Irish Grand Nationals.

Ruby Walsh has had the one of the greatest performances at the Cheltenham Festival. He has won four Champion Hurdles, three Champion Chases, five World Hurdles and two Gold Cups. He is a force to be feared. So, here’s a look at some of Ruby Walsh’s greatest moments at the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality - Ruby Walsh

Azertyuiop – Champion Chase (2004)

The Cheltenham Festival’s Champion Day, is where Walsh erupted onto win after win in 2004. This make him lead jockey for the first of many occasions. The odds-on favourite, Moscow Flyer, came to a crashing halt half-way through which gave Walsh the chance to have the win.

Azertyuiop was already well in the lead before being giving an almighty push by Ruby Walsh. In the last run for the finish, he put the Arkle Challenge winner through the paces to take a heavy lead and victory by a whopping nine lengths.

Kauto Star – Cheltenham Gold Cup (2009)

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality - Kauto Star - Ruby Walsh

After losing the Cheltenham Gold Cup the previous year, Ruby Walsh wanted to return to his 2007 glory and take the crown. Riding Kauto Star, he was sure to cement himself in the Cheltenham Festival History. The favourite, at 7/4 odds, went into the final day of the Cheltenham Festival with an obvious confidence. He gave a superb performance to win with little worry of the rest of the pack.

Denmen, his stablemate and jockey who took his title the year before, came in second. Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star would both be remembered as champions in their field and rightly so.

Kauto Star – King George VI Chase (2009)

Cheltenham Festival - Kauto Star - Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star had a fantastic year in 2009. They both had the pleasure of winning King George VI Chase five times. But, the consecutive wins has been unmatched in the Cheltenham Festival’s history. It is a performance of a lifetime for both the jockey and Kauto Star.

The unrivalled performance by Kauto Star has not gone unnoticed. It is definitely a part of the Cheltenham Festival’s greatest moments. Kauto Star has received praise in be on being one of the greatest horses since Arkle. It is an apt title for the horse ridden by the legendary Ruby Walsh.

Hurricane Fly – Champion Hurdle (2011)

The name Hurricane Fly could be as easily remembered by racegoers to Walsh. Scoring an immense 22 wins in Grade 1 races, Hurricane Fly helped him to become the leader of the Cheltenham Festival yet again. The 81st running of the Champion Hurdle was a sight to behold as a top-quality performance was delivered. Riding another favourite, at 11/4, Ruby Walsh quashed the hopes of his opponents with yet another swift win.

Big Buck’s – World Hurdle (2012)

Cheltenham Festival - Big Bucks

Ruby Walsh performance with Big Buck’s over the course of four years has been huge. His dominance of The World Hurdle was strengthened on his fourth uninterrupted win.

That is not to say that his fourth win was an easy one. The exceptional staying hurdler, was pushed every step of the way by Voler Vedette. This unheard of spectacle is why so many flock to the Cheltenham Festival every year.

With Ruby Walsh’s shaky 2017/18 due to injury, will we get the honour to see him at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019? For a chance to witness races like no other with a true legend of the sport, look at our hospitality packages to enjoy the experience like a VIP.

Eventmasters Secure Three Year Contract with Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse, part of The Jockey Club, has awarded a three-year contract to Birmingham-based corporate hospitality specialist Eventmasters Limited.

The St Paul’s Square company will manage major parts of Cheltenham’s four-day ‘Festival’ which takes place each March and is the fourth biggest sporting event in the UK.

Lee Moulson, regional head of sales for the South West region of The Jockey Club, said: “We have been working across our marketing offer for The Festival, we went out to tender on two major hospitality areas.”

“We want there to be a clear journey for people wishing to attend, we wanted companies who had experience in the industry and we needed them to demonstrate how they could improve customer experience”

“A tremendous amount of work and passion goes into the staging of The Festival – and we need our key suppliers to match that commitment to deliver the best experience possible. Eventmasters have certainly demonstrated this to be the case.”

Eventmasters CEO Denise Sheasby has extensive experience across the racing industry, including working with The Jockey Club at the Randox Health Grand National Festival and at Warwick Racecourse. The company’s involvement with horse racing also includes a racing arm, Eventmasters Racing, which has a number of horses currently in training.

Ms Sheasby said: “To be working with The Festival for the next three years will give us the opportunity to build on what is already a fantastic offer for corporate guests.”

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality

If you’d like book hospitality at Cheltenham Racecourse for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, then look no further than Eventmasters.

With a fabulous range of corporate entertainment options to choose from, Eventmasters are guaranteed to provide you with an experience to live long in the memory.

Cheltenham Festival: Our guide on the Prestbury Park courses

Cheltenham is well-regarded for providing one of the ultimate tests for horse and jockey, with much being said about the gruelling nature of its famously stiff ‘Cheltenham hill’ finish, but little may you know about the intricate differences between Prestbury Park’s signature racecourses.

Take a look at our handy little guide below.

How many courses are there at Cheltenham?

There are a total of 3 courses used at the annual Cheltenham Festival; these include the old course, the new course and the Cross-Country course.

The old course plays host to the lion’s share of the action (bar the Cross Country Chase) on Tuesday (13th March) and Wednesday (14th March) with popular showpieces including the Champion Hurdle, the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Focus shifts to the new course on Thursday and Friday however, with the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking centre stage.

The Cross-Country race finishes on the main course but takes place on its own specialist course, which features its own array of fascinating obstacles. It provides a unique test for entrants and often requires a specialist to complete.

What are the differences between the old and new courses?

Both courses are left-handed and undulating. There is undoubtedly a stiff finish up the Cheltenham hill on both fronts, although the level of stiffness invariably differs for each.

The old course is renowned for its test of speed, whilst the new course, in contrast, is far more stamina-driven. The hurdles course, in particular, has very few hurdles in the latter stages of the race.

Obstacles to look out for

Falls and unseats can take place anywhere at Cheltenham, even over the hurdles course (does Annie Power ring any bells?).

One fence that appears to be particularly perilous is the fourth to last fence on the new course, as is the second to last on the old course which has proven to be equally problematic.

Champion jockey at the Festival, Ruby Walsh, has been the unlucky recipient of several high-speed falls, one of which he suffered at Cheltenham with Voix Du Reve on his approach to the finish line.

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Cheltenham Festival 2018 Hospitality - Silks@Frontrunners

Enjoy wonderful fine dining, fabulous course-facing views and more with our Cheltenham Festival Hospitality packages.

 

With a stunning array of hospitality facilities to choose from including our Silks@Frontrunners restaurant, The Venue and our private Grandstand Boxes, there is surely something to satisfy every racegoer.

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Champion Day

Ladies Day

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Gold Cup Day

 

Ruby Walsh Recovers In Time for Cheltenham Festival

Esteemed jockey, Ruby Walsh, is set to return to the saddle on Thursday after recovering from a broken leg. The timely news means that the two-time Gold Cup winner is fit for next week’s Cheltenham Festival, which opens its gates for four days of fun-filled racing action on Tuesday 13th March.

Walsh, 38, will race in the Maiden Hurdle at Thurles as he steps up his preparations ahead of the meeting at Prestbury Park.

He suffered a broken leg in a catastrophic fall from Let’s Dance at Punchestown in November, but thanks to an impressive recovery over the subsequent months, is now targeting a return at Cheltenham, where he remains the meeting’s most successful jockey.

The Irishman had originally planned to re-enter the fold last weekend but was unfortunately unable to due to bad weather.

His ride at Thurles will be aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Lareena, with his race scheduled for 15:15 pm.

Walsh also looks set to mount 2015 winner Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the festival (Tuesday 13th March). The Champion Day highlight features a star-studded cast with the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours among the favourites.

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Kick start your day at Cheltenham in style with an exquisite Champagne reception.

With a stunning array of corporate facilities to choose from, including our flagship Silks@Frontrunners restaurant, you will sure to enjoy a racing experience unlike any other.

Discover our availability for the Cheltenham Festival below:

Champion Day

Ladies Day

St Patrick’s Thursday

Gold Cup Day

 

Cheltenham Festival: Elgin Joins Star-Studded Cast in Champion Hurdle

Excitement continues to mount ahead of the eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Festival, and now the Champion Hurdle (on Tuesday 13th March) has welcomed another exciting entrant to its ranks in the form of 6-year-old Elgin.

The Alan King-trained Gelding has enjoyed an exceptional season so far, having secured a competitive handicap at Ascot, the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

His latest triumph prompted connections to seriously consider him for the impending Champion Hurdle, and he was duly added to the field on Wednesday at a cost of £20,000.

Elgin now stands as one of the 15 confirmed runners for the 2-mile hurdling showpiece.

He lines up alongside an impressive collection of Nicky Henderson-trained runners including defending champion Buveur D’Air, three-time Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent Or Yours, Charli Parcs and Verdana Blue.

Mullins and co. will also be bringing some fierce competition to the field with 2015 Champion Hurdle hero Faugheen, Min, Wicklow Brave, Melon, and Yorkhill.

Gordon Elliot’s Mick Jazz and Apple’s Jade are also expected to feature, but the latter may well contest the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle later in the afternoon.

Finally, Dan Skelton’s Ch’tibello, Henry de Bromhead’s Identity Thief and the Evan Williams-trained John Constable complete the list of provisional Champion Hurdle runners.

Speaking of Elgin’s chances, trainer King said, “He goes in any sort of ground. If you take the favourite (Buveur D’Air) out, it is wide open after that. He progressed the right way through.

“He is much more the finished article this year. I would have said he learned a lot from running in the Supreme (Novices’ Hurdle) last season. He had never been quick and I think that made a man of him and he did very well through the summer.”

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Located directly opposite the final hurdle, it offers prime viewing from its own individual balcony as well as wonderful fine dining, all-day complimentary drinks and a VIP hostess service.

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Vroum Vroum Mag to miss Cheltenham Festival

It has been announced that top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag is now set to miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival following her retirement from racing.

The 9-year-old filly, owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, had been touted as a runner for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the meeting’s opening day (Tuesday 13th March 2018), a race in which she claimed first in 2016 and second twelve months later.

The impressive mare has not been seen competitively, however, since her disappointing run at Punchestown last April.

And despite originally remaining buoyant on her progress ahead of the anticipated festival in March, trainer Mullins now appears to admitted defeat in trying to restore her for future racing.

Vroum Vroum Mag enjoyed a fabulous vein of form after joining Mullins from France, winning all 10 of her first ten starts. The unbeaten run was rounded off aptly in 2016 with victories in the Mares’ Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

She tasted defeat in her first start of last season, losing to Apple’s Jade in the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse, and despite then going on to record two subsequent victories, was once again unable to fend off her former stablemate when defending her Cheltenham crown.

Joe Chambers, racing manager to the Ricci owners, said “She’s been a hell of a mare and she’s a regally-bred mare, so she should make a valuable broodmare prospect.”

Vroum Vroum Mag will now likely be put in foal by a yet to be named stallion this spring. She retires as a great credit to the sport having won over £420,000 in win and place prize money.

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Henderson: Altior Ready For Cheltenham Festival

All is well in the Henderson camp according to trainer Nicky who reports that Altior is in good health ahead of next week’s eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Festival.

Last year’s Arkle Trophy winner bids to make a triumphant return to Prestbury Park with an entry in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday 14th March), where he will likely face stiff competition from fierce rival Douvan.

The tw0-mile hotshot made a belated comeback at Newbury last month with an impressive win in the Game Spirit Chase, overcoming the likes of Tingle Creek winner Politologue.

Henderson has since enjoyed an unbeaten run with the 8-year-old chaser and looks forward to the upcoming festival with plenty of optimism.

“He’s a natural athlete,” said the four-time Champion Trainer. “Everything went right (at Newbury) and we haven’t needed to have done a whole heap (of work).”

Altior’s final run of last season came in the shape of the Celebration Chase at Sandown, a race which saw him surpass 2017’s unlikely Champion Chase winner Special Tiara.

The 11-year-old who secured victory at last year’s festival, at the expense of then-favourite Douvan, will again line up for this year’s Champion Chase in a bid emulate last season’s roaring success.

It certainly looks to be a fixture not to be missed at this year’s meeting!

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Combine fine dining with stunning course-facing views from within our Silks@Frontrunners facility.

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With a fabulous array of facilities to choose from, including places within our flagship Silks@Frontrunners facility, you are guaranteed to enjoy a day at the races like never before.

Kick off your day in style with a splendid Champagne reception before sitting down for a sumptuous four-course luncheon and afternoon tea. An all-day complimentary bar will also be available, as will some breathtaking course-facing views all from within the confines of our dedicated private balcony.

Make it a day to remember this year with Eventmasters.

Day-by-day availability can be found below:

Champion Day

Ladies Day

St Patrick’s Thursday

Gold Cup Day