Jockeys and Horses at Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Races: Everything you need to know about the 2018/19 season

Discover more about all the Cheltenham Races at Prestbury Park

You can enjoy impressive jump racing action throughout the National Hunt Season at Cheltenham Racecourse in Prestbury Park. Whether a racing enthusiast, complete novice or simply going with friends any occasion at Cheltenham is sure to be a good one. The horse racing season is always a highlight of the sporting calendar with many highly anticipated Cheltenham races. With so much going on throughout the season it can be difficult to decide on which races to attend. We are here to help. Let’s delve into a season of racing and discover which Cheltenham race is for you.

Cheltenham Showcase Meeting

The opening meeting of the Cheltenham Races typically begins on the last Friday of October. The Showcase Meeting lasts for two days and certainly delivers on what many horse racing enthusiasts have been anticipating. The first fixture of the season will see leading jockeys, horses and trainers once again return to the home of racing. This is the first chance that those less familiar with the Prestbury Park course will be able to inspect the course and try their hand at battling the twists and turns. The highly anticipated opener is often enjoyed mostly by racing enthusiasts as oppose to novices and celebrity guests.

Both the Friday and Saturday guarantee to provide guests with a day full of exciting racing. With both days hosting a total of seven races each, there really is plenty to look forward to at the Showcase Meeting. This is the first opportunity for punters, avid racegoers, trainers and jockeys alike to suss out the competition and begin to anticipate who to watch that season. Popular races from the weekend include The Maiden Hurdle, The Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, The Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) and the Novices’ Chase.

Are you a racing enthusiast that wants to see all the seasons front-runners first in action? If so then the Cheltenham Showcase Meeting is definitely for you. Prepare for the 2019 event and get booked in for a VIP hospitality experience. Treat your work colleagues, clients or friends to an unforgettable racing experience in your very own private box. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a race day at Cheltenham in style?

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Cheltenham November Meeting 

The Cheltenham November Meeting is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated racing events to be hosted at Cheltenham Racecourse. The three day spectacular is the perfect way to enjoy some of the finest racing at the iconic race track. From the November meeting, you can expect to see Novice racing, Grade Two races and Handicap Hurdles.  The action is exhilarating and exciting so it is no surprise as to why the event attracts huge popularity year on year. Popular races from the weekend include the BetVictor Gold Cup, The Greatwood Hurdle and The Shloer Chase. 2018 winners included: Baron Alco and Brian Ellison’s Nietzsche.

The Cheltenham November Meeting once again provides the opportunity to spot early front-runners from the line-up ahead of the pinnacle Cheltenham Festival meeting in March. Historically the November Meeting was originally named the Cheltenham Open. However, this name sparked confusion within the sporting world. Many believed that it was unwise to have two major sporting events referred to with the title The Open (the other event being golf) in. Following this, the Jockey Club and R&A met to discuss the names of the event and ultimately decided that it would be best to change the name of the race at Cheltenham.

If you are someone that wants to get in on all the horse racing action from early and experience the magic of a day at the Cheltenham Races then the November Meeting is for you. Treat your guests and clients to an unrivalled experience in 2019 with VIP hospitality like no other. Experience all the thrills and action from the Cheltenham November Meeting in true style.

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Cheltenham International Meeting 

One of the major highlights of the National Hunt Season has to be the Cheltenham International Meeting. The racing weekend plays a crucial part in the popular term “The Road To Cheltenham”. A key race from the weekend; The International Hurdle is one of seven races that are highly popularised and integral to the build up of the prestigious Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival. The event is always hosted mid December a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. The festive cheer can be felt throughout the course, with decorations and mulled wine aplenty.

Highlighted races from the weekend include Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (December Gold Cup) and The International Hurdle. The second day of the meeting attracts competitors from as far as Europe who are all hoping to be crowned victorious at the Cheltenham Races. The action packed weekend is certain to provide you with a dose of all the horse racing action you need. Combined with festive cheer there really is no better way to enjoy a racing experience.

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Cheltenham New Years Day

The festive spirit continues at Cheltenham Racecourse with the New Years Day Meeting. Hosted on New Years Day, many flock to Prestbury Park for a horse racing experience like no other. The electric yet festive atmosphere is definitely worth being a part of. This event really does cater for everyone, whether you are a regular racegoer, newbie or a family looking for New Years Day activities the whole family can enjoy a day at Cheltenham Races.

The day consists of seven races which typically start around midday. Races to look out for on the day include the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle and the Grade Three Betbright Handicap Chase. The day is a great opener for what is to come from Cheltenham in the new year. It is also a great way to get in the mood for the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. The three month countdown begins and the excitement can be felt throughout Cheltenham.

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Festival Trials Day

It’s the final countdown! The buzz around Cheltenham Festival is well underway and the Festival Trials Day event is certain to get everyone in the mood for racing. You can expect to see some of the best UK horses, jockeys and trainers all in attendance hoping to grab a winning title. The high class racing gives you one last opportunity to see who your front runner will be for the main event in March. Bets most definitely are on.

Renowned racing from Festival Trials Day includes The Cleeve Hurdle, BetBright Chase, The World Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.  Which one are you most looking forward to? Champion jockeys from 2018 included Bryony Frost and Lizzie Kelly. Definitly Red was one of the triumphant horses from the weekend with a first place finish in the BetBright Trial Cotswold race. Be there to see who will be triumphant in 2019. Be one of the first to see Cheltenham Festival 2019 contenders in action.

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Cheltenham Festival 2019

Here’s the one we have all been waiting for the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. Dubbed as the worlds most popular horse racing event it really is a highlight of the hunt racing season. Hundreds of thousands of racegoers flock to Prestbury Park across the four day meeting all in hopes of capturing some of Cheltenham magic. In 2019 the Cheltenham Festival will run from Tuesday 12th -Friday 15th March. The biggest meeting of the season will certainly not disappoint. With four days full of immense racing action there’s so much to take in. Whether you are an avid racegoer, beginner to the racecourses or simply just here for fun we are certain you will all enjoy a day worth remembering.

Cheltenham Festival kicks off with Champion Day. The day features four impressive Grade One races for you and your guests to savour. The feature of the day is undoubtedly the Unibet Champion Hurdle. In 2018, we saw Buveur D’Air win the Champion Hurdle ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty. The day is a great opening for all the exhilarating action to come at Cheltenham Racecourse that week.

Cheltenham Ladies Day is the one that follows, hosted on Wednesday 13th March in 2019. Get glammed up and enjoy inspired by fashion as well as top class racing. The highlight event is, of course, The Queen Mother Champion Chase. In 2018 Altior finished victorious after an exhilarating race. This day attracts a lot of popularity as well as celebrity guests, as everyone is keen to get dressed up and enjoy a day at the races.

Cheltenham St Patricks Day brings along all the luck of the Irish for an electric day at Prestbury Park. The atmosphere at Cheltenham St Patricks Day is certainly electric. Attracting thousands and thousands of visitors each year it really is the perfect atmosphere for a celebration. The featured race of the day is the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle which was won in 2018 by Penhill.

The final, most pinnacle day of the entire horse racing season is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The day we have all been waiting for. A true test of ability, stamina and speed will see only the greatest horses come out victorious. The 2018 Gold Cup winner was the great Native River who finished first after a nail-biting duel with Might Bite.

Overall, the Cheltenham Festival is definitely an event that everyone should experience first hand. Experience all the thrills from Cheltenham Festival 2019 in true style with our luxurious corporate hospitality packages. You can book hospitality for you and your guests in private boxes, the long run restaurant or the renowned Silks facility. Highlights from the VIP packages included fine dining, champagne receptions and complimentary bars, what more could you want?

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Cheltenham April Meeting 

The penultimate event at Cheltenham Racecourse starts the conclusion of the exhilarting national hunt season in the best way. From the April Meeting you can expect two midweek race days full of superb racing and thrills. The perfect way to relish in a last minute Cheltenham Races experience. Highlights from day one include the Grade 2 Handicap Chase worth £50,000 as well as other high class races. On day two, you can expect much of the same. The day is pretty much exclusive to mares in training and four of the seven races are dedicated to mares.

See all your favourite trainers and horses wrap up the jump racing season in style and begin to say your final goodbyes to the Cheltenham Races.

Experience all the thrills from midweek racing at the Cheltenham April Meeting in style. The perfect occasion to get together with clients or work colleagues and experience a first class racing experience.

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Cheltenham Hunter Chase Meeting

Say your final goodbye to Cheltenham Racecourse at the Hunter Chase Meeting. The final curtain call will be held on Friday 3rd May 2019 and will once again provide you with an evening full of racing highlights. The evening of jump racing action creates an electric buzz that can be felt all around Prestbury Park. A final goodbye to the spectcaluar Cheltenham Races and a thrilling season.

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There you have it! A full breakdown of everything you can expect from all Cheltenham Races throughout the season. Have we helped you in deciding which day is best for you and your guests? There’s plenty of racing action to be enjoyed at Cheltenham Racecourse. Whether the big showstopper event or smaller race days throughout the year, we are certain you will find your perfect fit.

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