The event we have all been waiting for, The Cheltenham Festival, will soon be upon us. The Festival is a real highlight within the horse racing calendar and set across four spectacular days, it’s by far the biggest meeting of the National Hunt Season. Each of the four days is certain to provide an unforgettable experience for all those in attendance. The racecourse is prepped and the Guinness is in abundance. With proceedings kicking off on Tuesday 10th March 2020 – we’re ready but, the question is, are you?!
What To Expect From The Cheltenham Festival
The popularity of The Cheltenham Festival continues to grow each year. On average, around 65,000 people are said to attend during each of the four days. There are exciting new additions to the Cheltenham Festival this year, including the arrival of the new social enclosure The Park. The Park will feature live music and entertainment, as well as a range of bars for racegoers to enjoy throughout each day of the festival. As well as new arrivals, there will also be the familiar races, horses and enclosures which thousands have come to know and love. The structure for each of the four exhilarating days of The Festival is as follows:
Despite Gold Cup day being the most anticipated, each day provides those in attendance with an experience worth savouring. The Festival kicks off with the illustrious Champion Day. The day will host four impressive Grade One races perfect for the racing enthusiasts amongst you. With the highlight race of the day being the Unibet Champion Hurdle. In 2019, many wondered if Buveur D’Air would become champion for a third time, having won in both 2017 and 2018. However, in a turn of events, Buveur D’Air suffered a fall and it was the late Espoir d’Allen who came out on top. The atmosphere at Cheltenham Racecourse is beyond electric. As the tape rises for the first race of The Festival, The Cheltenham Roar can be heard for miles. An experience truly worth remembering.
With a hard act to follow, the second day of The Festival manages to offer an equally first-class experience. Think style and glamour as Cheltenham Ladies Day attracts crowds from far and wide. This standout event is a real highlight of the social calendar. Despite fashion being the staple point of the day the racing on offer is first class too. The day is renowned for hosting the best two-mile chase of the season; The Queen Mother Champion Chase. The mighty Altior alongside jockey Nico de Boinville, is a four-time Cheltenham champion and has won the Queen Mother Champion Chase twice in 2018 and 2019. Can he secure a Cheltenham victory for the fifth time? There are a number of big names to watch out for this year, including A Plus Tard and Cyrname. Cheltenham Ladies Day is a real highlight of both The Festival and the entire season so we can’t wait to see what happens.
The luck of the Irish will certainly be in full swing on Prestbury Park on St Patricks Thursday as thousands of racing enthusiasts head to Cheltenham for an experience like no other. The Guinness will undoubtedly be in full flow and the atmosphere will be as lively as one would expect. The day famously hosts some of the biggest races of the season. Look out for the highlight race of the day the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle. Last year we witnessed Paisley Park take the win alongside jockey Aiden Coleman. Will we see repeat success from Paisley Park or will one of the many other big names come out on top? Other names set to enter the race are Apple’s Jade, If the Cap Fits and, of course, previous winner Penhill.
The Festival is concluded in palpable style on Gold Cup Day. The whole season has been building up to this day and it is by far one of sport’s most popular showpieces. The greatest jockeys, trainers and runners will all compete for the coveted Gold Cup Trophy. The Magners Gold Cup race provides the ultimate test of stamina, endurance and ability for those lucky enough to be entered. There is certainly strong competition amongst the Gold Cup line up. Last year’s winner was Al Boum Photo but with so many strong contenders entering the race, it can be difficult to predict exactly who will come out on top. There are six other races to look forward to on Friday ensuring Cheltenham Festival ends in remarkable style.
Rest assured, there is plenty to look forward to at the Cheltenham Festival. Whatever day you are attending, you will certainly enjoy a race day experience like no other. The excitement builds more and more each day and it’s always thrilling to see which horses come out on top.
Ones To Watch At Cheltenham Festival 2020
The entire season builds up to staple meetings like The Cheltenham Festival. With only a few weeks to go, it is the perfect time to look into who everyone is talking about and what’s been going on in the build up to The Festival. As we get closer to the big event, much of the focus switches onto the horses, jockeys and trainers.
As the event draws closer there is so much to look forward to. Which jockeys will come out on top? We can’t wait to see!
Cheltenham Festival 2020
In just a few weeks’ time the big event will be upon us. If you still haven’t booked your Cheltenham Festival tickets and hospitality packages, then fear not! We still have packages remaining for Cheltenham 2020. Booking now ensures your place at this prestigious race meeting is secured ahead of time. We are thrilled to be official hospitality providers for The Cheltenham Festival – our hospitality experiences are the perfect way to enjoy The Festival in true style. If you
The same venues on offer in 2019 will also be available in 2020:
The Venue – This exclusive facility is the perfect place to host your race day experience. With live music and amazing food and drink, you and your guests will feel like VIP’s from beginning to end.
Silks Restaurant – The Silks is very popular at Cheltenham and guarantees a day of luxury worth savouring, with the chance to rub shoulders with Nico de Boinville and our celebrity guest tipsters.
Private Grandstand Boxes – For those of you wanting an extra special Cheltenham experience, our Private Grandstand Boxes are perfect. Experience the Cheltenham Roar and see all the first class racing within your very own private box. The panoramic views are enviable.