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Cheltenham Festival 2019: Memorable Moments Throughout The Week

Cheltenham Festival in 2019 has been nothing short of extraordinary. Racegoers coming from all over the world have been treated to a thrilling experience at Cheltenham Racecourse. With world class jump racing and exquisite hospitality options making for a great atmosphere at Cheltenham throughout the week. Reminisce on some of the greatest Festival moments with us below!

Willie Mullins Wins His First Cheltenham Gold Cup

The most coveted prize at the Cheltenham Festival is without a doubt the Gold Cup! With the biggest names in horse racing competing for this title, it was an intense and electrifying race to witness!

The Cheltenham Gold Cup race was won by Al Boum Photo for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins! This victory comes as Mullins’ first ever Gold Cup victory after having trained the runner up six times. The seven year old remains unbeaten this season and now adds a Gold Cup to his name! Sure to go down in history for the Mullins camp.

Last year’s winner Native River came in fourth place after Bristol De Mai and Anibale Fly. King George winner Clan Des Obeaux came in fifth for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden. Whilst Elegant Escape came in sixth. Most surprisingly, favourite to win Presenting Percy suffered a few mistakes and managed to come in seventh place with Davy Russell.

Bryony Frost Makes History at Cheltenham Festival

What a day is was on St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham! Jockey Bryony Frost became the first female to secure victory in a top level Grade One race. The win sparked inspiration throughout the racecourse and is sure to go down in history.

23 year old Bryony was greeted by an euphoric crowd cheering her on as she won the Grade One Ryanair Chase whilst riding Frodon – a Paul Nicholls trained horse. This victory securely places her in history books as she leads a rising generation of female jockeys. In a sport where some may claim that women often compete against men unequally, her win paves the path for many other aspiring female jockeys.

Bryony Frost first began riding on a donkey called Nosey at the mere age of two. Now, many years later, she punched the air and grinned widely after she scored a significant and high profile victory at this year’s Cheltenham meeting.

Thrilled following her win, she exclaimed:

“He just made the dream come true, it’s just incredible. He will deserve every single high five, pat and carrot.”

At the finish line, to ITV Racing she said of the remarkable horse:

“He’s Pegasus! He’s got wings, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said, ‘don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare not send me into the last – I want this more than you, now come on, where are you?’ Just look at what he’s done there – deny that he just loves racing. He’s unbelievable. I love you.”

Frodon’s triumph kick started an exciting hour of racing as Andrew Gemmell’s Paisley Park and Lizzie Kelly succeeded in attaining another victory for female jockeys!

Tiger Roll Lands a Phenomenal Win

Last year’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll added a fourth victory to his Cheltenham Festival successes. The champion horse went on to win Wednesday’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase by a staggering twenty two lengths. This ignited a thunderous roar from the crowds at Cheltenham who saw the horse put up a phenomenal display of jumps. Keith Donoghue guided the horse perfectly over 32 obstacles, making it seem effortless!

Tiger Roll strode into the lead before the last hurdle and went for a clear twenty two lengths ahead of Josies Orders. On entrance to the winners enclosure, he enjoyed loud cheers of admiration from Cheltenham crowds.

Shortly after, Michael O’Leary noted:

“He’s a legend around here. Triumph Hurdle winners tend not to come back, but they certainly don’t come back and win four-mile races for amateurs and then cross-countries.”

He commended Tiger Roll’s trainer saying:

“It’s a phenomenal training performance by Gordon Elliot. He wasn’t great as a novice chaser but he’s transformed him by changing his routine and sending him cross-country.”

Altior Clings to His Record at Cheltenham

Favourite to win Altior went on to achieve his 18th consecutive jumps success. He won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival.

Despite lacking dominance throughout the race, the Nicky Henderson trained horse clung to victory winning by nearly two lengths. He made a small mistake at the seventh fence however he was able to recover afterwards and climb to victory.

The superstar horse came to Cheltenham having an undefeated run since October 2015. Since then, he has attained victory in twelve steeple chases, five hurdle races and now a further Cheltenham Festival triumph.

Following the success, Altior’s record is now neck and neck with Big Buck who had a winning record spanning two years from the start of 2009.

 Jockey Noel Fehily Retiring Following Win at Cheltenham

Noel Fehily is set to retire following his victory on Eglantine Du Seuil at Cheltenham’s Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. He described his win as “the perfect ending” to a rich and fruitful career of horse racing. To date, Fehily has ridden well over 1,350 winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland since his very first win in 1998.

Indeed, many of Fehily’s greatest successes came at the Cheltenham Festival. He has won the Champion Hurdle twice – once in 2012 with Rock On Ruby and again in 2017 with Buveur d’Air.

Following a surgery he had earlier this year, the jockey feared he would miss out on Cheltenham Festival. He told the BBC:

“I could go on but I was very ill in January and February and it didn’t look like I would make the Festival for a while. So to come here and ride a winner seems like the perfect ending. I will carry on for the next couple of weeks and then I’ll decide when to stop. I’m lucky and had some great days. I’ve ridden some lovely horses and had great support.”

What a great way to end a career at the world renowned Cheltenham Festival.

 

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Cheltenham Festival: Day One Review

Cheltenham Festival day one kicked off with flying colours on Tuesday 12th March. The first day of The Festival attracted a record breaking crowd of 67,934 spectators all wanting a taste of the Cheltenham action. Despite the rainy weather and high winds thousands of racing enthusiasts enjoyed a day at the races worth savouring. All seven races certainly provided a nail biting few minutes for those with bets on. It’s safe to say that day one was a bad day for punters! There were shocking falls and defeats that no one could have predicted. Surprise wins came from the likes of Beware The Bear, Roksana and Espoir D’Allen. Which was the biggest shock for you?

Champion Day 2019 Recap

With three more days of The Festival remaining let’s recap on all that went down at Cheltenham Racecourse on the opening day.

Race One: Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Although delayed by a false start the highly anticipated Cheltenham roar rippled through the racecourse as the first race got underway. Legendary Cheltenham trainer Willie Mullins started the day off well with a first race win. The Supreme Novices Hurdle saw Klassical Dream ran by jockey Ruby Walsh win at odds of 6-1. The four and a half length triumph showcased star quality that closely matched his previous winnings in Ireland.

The Festival’s most esteemed jockey Ruby Walsh led the horse to victory in a prominent position throughout. First race in, Walsh extended his winning tally to 59 wins at Cheltenham and following the race he said Klassical Dream ran like a true stag.

In second and third came Thomas Darby and Itchy Feet. The bookies favourites however didn’t have such a successful race. Al Dancer originally headed the 18 strong field and was expected by many to come out victorious. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse however came in at tenth place. Therefore crushing the chance of extending his unbeaten season. Fakir D’oudairies was another favourite set to be victorious that fell short of a top three finish.

The first race was just a preview of the surprise wins that followed throughout the day. Overall, despite the fact bets may have been lost the first race certainly set the stage for an exhilarating race day.

Race Two: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase

Willie Mullins celebrated another win in the second race of the Cheltenham opener. Duc Des Genievres stormed ahead and went on to win the Racing Post Arkle by a massive 13 lengths. The victorious horse spotted an opportunity to take the lead after front runner Ornua brought down Kalashnikov at the sixth fence. The race certainly was an intense watch.

Mullins spoke proudly after the race of the pairing with jockey Paul Townend. He said Duc Des Genievres showed excellent form and the ground changed him completely. He also stated how lucky he was to have two winners so early into The Festival, but knowing Cheltenham anything can happen.

Second and third place runners Us and Them and Articulum struggled to keep up with the dominant front runner. Hardline was bookies favourite and was expected to at least be in the top three. However, he came in seventh. This was the second race to highlight that unexpected wins were happening at Cheltenham.

Race Three: Ultima Handicap Chase

The third race of the day came just before 3pm and was certainly one of the most surprising of the day. The victory was awarded to Beware The Bear who manged to beat off the fiercely competitive lineup and finished first at odds of 10-1. Jerry Mcgrath led the Nicky Henderson trained horse to a sublime victory.

The race was an intense watch and for much of the race it looked as though Willie Mullins could bag his third consecutive win. Up For Review put on a strong performance that showed promise, right up until the third fence from the finish. A mistake which ultimately cost him the win and resulted in a seventh place finishing.

Beware the Bear was able to beat off strong competition from Sue Smith’s Vintage Clouds who finished in second place. A last minute change in tactics is said to be what lead jockey Jerry Mcgrath to put on such an impressive performance. Just before the race Nicky Henderson is said to have influenced Mcgrath to drop in, keep away and stay wide.

The last minute change of plan played massively in their favour and the win was thoroughly deserved.

Race Four: Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

Espoir D’Allen caused a seismic shock in the third race of champion day at Cheltenham Festival. The race many couldn’t believe as none of the three favourites came close to a victory. Despite the strong profile Espoir D’Allen came with, he was not expected to out perform the likes of Buveur D’Air, Laurina and Apple’s Jade. Buveur D’Air dominated the betting market and was set to make history by becoming the sixth horse to win two-mile blue riband three times. However, he fell at the halfway stage resulting in a shocking turn of events for punters.

Espoir D’Allen’s performance was quite extraordinary and he stormed to victory with a record breaking 15 length win. Trainer Gavin Cromwell struggled to put into words what the victory meant and couldn’t believe it.

An unbelievable win for this incredible horse and his connections. One that will stay as a highlight of The Festival for 2019.

Race Five: OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

Race five was another dramatic one. Favourite Benie Des Dieux fell at the final flight which sealed a difficult start for owner Rich Ricci. This fall was something else that sent shock waves throughout Cheltenham. The last minute fall opened the path for Roksana to take the lead and become victorious. This awarded Dan and Harry Skelton with their first Grade One success, an amazing achievement!

Roksana managed to beat Stormy Ireland and Good Thyne Tara by two and a quarter lengths in the dramatic finish. An injury in the Autumn meant that Roksana only had one race before the big event at Cheltenham. Skelton spoke of how this move had been inspired by Native River’s Gold Cup win. Victories could be done!

Race Six: Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

A Plus Tard cantered home in true style in the penultimate race of the day awarding Rachael Blackmore with her first Cheltenham win. The pairing were an enviable duo on the field. Blackmore’s patient approach lead them to a victory 16 lengths ahead of second place runner Tower Bridge.

Despite Blackmore falling off Ornua in the Racing Post Arkle in the day the jockey brushed herself off and put on an impressive performance.

Ben Dundee and The Russian Doyen came in at third place in the exciting race. Overall it was a thrilling way to begin the conclusions for Champion Day.

Race Seven: National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase

The final race of Champion Day begun at 17:30pm and it was a race that shocked many fans. Unfortunately, it was a bitter sweet race that was tainted by the falling of favourite Ballyward at the 17th fence. The gruelling race certainly had its toll on many of the runners with only four of the 18 lineup finishing. Unfortunately, Ballyward had to be euthanized following the fatal fall and died. This was a devastating end to such a fantastic day at the Cheltenham Festival.

The bitter sweet victory was awarded to Le Breuil resulting in Jamie Codd’s eight success at the meeting.

The first day of Cheltenham Festival was full of shocks and surprises. Many couldn’t have predicted the events that occurred. Yesterday just highlights that anything can happen at Cheltenham Festival. The most exhilarating race meeting of the season continues this week with Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Thursday and the prestigious Gold Cup Day still to come.

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 Preview

The event we have all been waiting for will soon be upon us. Cheltenham Festival 2019 is a real highlight of the racing season. Set across four spectacular days it is 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 12th March 2019 we are ready, are you?

What To Expect From The Festival

The popularity of Cheltenham Festival continues to grow and grow each year and over 65,000 people are said to attend the four day event. 2019 is a special year at the racecourse as we see the return of the original Gold Cup. This piece of history will make a memorable addition to the prestigious Gold Cup race on Friday 15th March 2019.

Champion Day

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. With Buveur D’Air topping the 14 entries many believe he could be on his way to achieving his third win. 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.

Ladies Day

With a hard act to follow the second day of The Festival does too offer a 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. Previous champion Altior headlines the 12 strong line up for this race and is on tracks for another win. Cheltenham Ladies Day is a real highlight of both The Festival and the entire season so we can’t wait to see what happens.

St Patricks Day

The luck of the Irish will certainly be in full swing on Cheltenham St Patricks Day. As thousands of racing enthusiasts head to Cheltenham for an experience like no other. The Guinness will undoubtedly be in full swing and the atmosphere electric. 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. With the absence of Penhill many are placing their bets on a win from Paisley Park but knowing Cheltenham anything can happen.

Gold Cup Day

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. Presenting Percy is currently favourite and his connections are hoping for a win this year after three consecutive years. Will he be third time lucky? Other strong contenders include Clan Des Obeaux and Native River. There are six other races to look forward to on Friday ensuring Cheltenham Festival ends in remarkable style.

There’s plenty to look forward to at the Festival next week. Whatever day you are attending you will certainly enjoy a race day experience like no other. The excitement builds more and more each day but who are the latest ones to watch?

Ones To Watch At Cheltenham Festival 2019

The entire season builds up to staple races like The Festival and the Grand National. The season so far has presented many surprises which is to be expected in the world of horse racing. With only a few days to go, it is the perfect time to look into predictions and who everyone is talking about. Now we get closer to the big event much of the focus switches onto the jockeys.

Despite being away from racing since February 2019 Cheltenham legend Ruby Walsh has just announced he is fit and well to be back in action. The jockey is hoping to add to his 58 Cheltenham wins and has high hopes for the likes of Paisley Park and Faugheen. Other standout jockeys are too hoping for a win and there are certainly some pairings we should all look out for.

One worth mentioning is the pairing of Davy Russell and Presenting Percy. The two have been partnered together for a previous 13 races and there are certainly high hopes for what the two of them can do together at Cheltenham. A win with Presenting Percy will make Russell a third time champion at Cheltenham cementing his place in Cheltenham history.

Let’s not forget last year’s record breaking wins for female jockeys at The Festival. Highlights from 2018 saw the likes of Lizzie Kennedy, Katie Walsh, Bridget Andrews and Harriet Tucker all take home impressive wins from The Festival. Bryony Frost is hoping this will be the year she becomes the first female jockey to win a Grade One jumps race. We are hoping for much of the same from the star female jockeys at Cheltenham this year.

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.

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Colin Tizzard’s Cheltenham Festival Runners

Champion horse trainer Colin Tizzard is set to lead a winning team of runners at this year’s highly anticipated Cheltenham Festival! In last year’s meeting, Tizzard had a very successful run having trained the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River as well as the Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle winner Kilbriken Storm. With around fifty Cheltenham Festival entries already in, we’re eager to see how this renowned trainer will fare at The Festival.

Found out more about the most prominent horses in his team who we think are sure to make some big wins!

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Trio

This year, Colin Tizzard has three entries for Cheltenham’s Gold Cup race. His runners in this highly esteemed race include last year’s winner Native River, Thistlecrack and Elegant Escape.

Native River

At the top of the list and favourite to win is reigning champion Native River. Out of the three, many argue that his experience in the race gives him a better chance of victory. Currently, Native River is the third-favourite to win the Gold Cup in the latest ante-post betting. He stands behind big names such as Presenting Percy and Clan Des Obeaux. Nonetheless, could this entry lead to a second Gold Cup victory for the horse?

During a recent stable tour, Tizzard said:

“He looks fit to me now and I don’t think he’ll go away again… Hopefully Cheltenham gets some rain as nobody wants it fast ground for the Festival and there’s no doubt softer conditions play to Native River’s strengths as it slows the others down a little bit… I think it’s quite an open year and there’s no absolute standout and it always comes down to stamina – Native River has plenty of it.”

Elegant Escape

Elegant Escape is a younger horse who is showing clear signs of rising improvement. Despite suffering a range of defeats in his racing career, the seven year old has shown great skill in his most recent runs. His last run was the highest rated performance which shows great signs ahead of Cheltenham. At the end of last year, he rose to victory winning the Welsh National and also came in at a satisfactory second in the Ladbrokes Trophy.

When asked about the horse, Colin noted:

“He’s done everything right, he’s a young improving horse and we’ve seen horses lower than his rating (162) go very close and even win Gold Cups… He’s the younger horse and the one who might just step up again. His last run was his highest-rated run and there should be more to come.”

Thistlecrack

Having been unraced until he was five years old, Thistlecrack gained his first National Hunt win in 2014. His recent King George race saw him run superbly, keeping close distance with winner Clan Des Obeaux. As with an older horse, Colin has been keen not to put too much pressure on him in recent seasons.

Speaking on Thistlecrack, he said:

“Thistlecrack is a very good horse and he always walks around looking the part. He’s won a King George and he was quite close to Clan Des Obeaux at Kempton this year. He looks to have as good a chance as anything and he’s proven at Cheltenham going left-handed. He was magnificent when he won the Stayers’ Hurdle, he’s 11 years old now and you can’t get away from that but he’s hardly raced until he was six or seven.”

Other Cheltenham Entries To Watch

Alongside this dazzling trio, Colin Tizzard has a number of other horses to keep a keen eye on including rising star Elixir Du Nutz. Read what the trainer had to say about his Cheltenham Festival candidates below:

Fox Norton

“I thought he ran a lovely race at Ascot, he just jumped a little bit flat. Sometimes he has a bit of back trouble but we’ve addressed that and he seems well. It all hinges around Altior really but we have the option and Fox Norton nearly won the Champion Chase a few years ago.”

Kilbricken Storm

“He’s a bit of a forgotten horse. But he was very good against Elixir De Nutz, Master Debonair and Native River, for a three miler, he was right upside them. We were going to go novice chasing with him, first time up he was alright, then not so good second time and so we were sort of split. He’s had six weeks off and since then he’s been straightforward… He’s in good form.”

Elixir Du Nutz

“He was absolutely brilliant in a gallop at Wincanton last week. We could have another little away day, but we might leave him be as he looks very fit. His form stands up to anybody else’s in the Supreme. He’s won his last three races and we took him to Wincanton last Monday where he did a brilliant piece of work – he pulled five lengths clear.”

With that said, we’re excited to see what winners will come forth out of Tizzard’s well trained, champion team! We’re sure to be in for some thrilling National Hunt action in March!

 

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Cheltenham Festival History: A Trip Back in Time

We are now less than six weeks until the fantastic celebration of National Hunt racing at the Cheltenham Festival, and we can’t wait to get our glad rags on and enjoy the Spring sunshine at Cheltenham Racecourse.  To build our excitement up for the event we’re going to be looking back at the history of the Festival.

The First Races at Cheltenham

The first races at Cheltenham date back to 1818, which saw horses from the local area tested on the famous Cleeve Hill which overlooks the current Prestbury Park course.  The winner of the only race on that August day was five-year-old Miss Tidmarsh, owned by a Mr E. Jones.

The meeting was a success and proved popular among the many locals who turned out to see what was to become the Cheltenham Festival.  The following year the single race was amped up to a three-day event, featuring a number of races, including the very first Cheltenham Gold Cup.  A ‘real’ more permanent course was laid down on the ground, instead of the makeshift marking posts used before, and a grandstand was built on site, too.

The races at the Cleeve Hill racecourse proved incredibly popular, and news spread quickly over the following years.  By 1828, the Cheltenham event had greatly outgrown what the organisers could have dreamed of, and was seeing crowds of over 50,000 attend the event.

The races formed part of a larger town carnival at Cheltenham and were a major attraction which brought in visitors to the fashionable spa town.  In the evening in the town centre extravagant parties were held for the who’s who of the day, and during the daylight hours racing was the main focus of festivities with crowds attending to eat, drink, gamble and see sideshows at the course.

The racecourse moved to Prestbury Park in 1830 after a riot instigated by the local rector who was preaching of the evils of horseracing and gambling resulted in the whole Cleeve Hill track and its facilities being burnt beyond repair by arson.

The Prestbury Park location was disliked by racing fans for its limited vantage points over the course and by racing professionals for the poorer quality turf.  The 700-capacity grandstand at the Park was soon abandoned and racing returned to the Hill soon after.  Popularity in flat races, as they were at the time at Cheltenham, started to dwindle, and steeplechases became the fashionable race for many.  The Cleeve Hill location was perfect for them, as it was one of the few steeplechase courses in the country which allowed racegoers to see the whole race from a single position near the winning field.

Prestbury Park wouldn’t see racing again until 1902, when over two decades after the land was sold back to racing enthusiast and Cheltenham Racecourse founder Mr W. A. Baring Bingham.  He first used the ground as a stud farm and trained many great horses at the location.

Cheltenham Festival at Prestbury Park

Cheltenham Festival has its history in a prior event known as the National Hunt Meeting.  The event was most known for its showcase race the National Hunt Chase.  The race was a four-miler for amateur jockeys only and had historically changed venues frequently since its first running at Market Harborough in 1860.

The National Hunt Meeting was held at Prestbury Park in 1904 and again in 1905.  It spent time at other racecourses before returning in 1911 and has stayed there ever since.  The first Cheltenham Festival grandstand was constructed in the same year, and a private box was constructed too, which served ‘press and officials’ for the next 70 years.

By the 1920s, the original Cheltenham Gold Cup race had evolved into a three-mile steeplechase and was a major fixture in the National Hunt racing season.  The first Champion Hurdle was introduced in 1927.

Both flat racing and steeplechases experienced a fairly significant a lull in popularity during this period of time, and horse racing needed a new star to bring back some of the fans it had lost.  Cheltenham Festival was the proving ground of this star horse, Golden Miller, who won the Gold Cup five times during the 1930’s.  These victories are often credited with the revival of the sport at the time, which has seen its popularity maintained until the present day.

In his 1934 season, aged seven years, Golden Miller won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same year – an incredible first which has never been repeated to today.  He won all five Gold Cups from 1932 until 1936, and was likely to take the 1937 title too but the race was rained off.  Golden Miller retired in early 1939 with 28 wins from 52 races.

The history of Ireland’s large presence at the Cheltenham Festival was started in the post-war racing period, when Irish-trained Cottage Rake won the Gold Cup three years on the trot with trainer V. O’Brien.  The horse won in 1948, ’49, and ’50 – the last of these he beat second-place Finnure by ten lengths.

Cheltenham Festival in the Modern Day

Cheltenham Festival has maintained its prominence and favourable place in fans hearts throughout the years.  Throughout its different iterations on Cleeve Hill and Prestbury Park, the town has been a home of both flat and jumps racing for over two centuries.

It’s an integral part of the Gloucestershire economy, with each Festival generating over £100M for the local area.  When you add in the prize funds of over £4.5M and the money from sponsorships, television deals and gambling the money changing hands at the Festival is almost unimaginable.

Despite this, the Festival continues to grow in size.  In 2005, the Festival grew from three days to four, with six races held on each day.  The highlight race of Tuesday, also called Champion Day, is the Champion Hurdle, and on Wednesday (Ladies Day) the main race is Queen Mother Championship Chase.  St Patrick’s Thursday sees huge numbers of Irish horses and fans attend Cheltenham, and the main race of the day is the World Stayers Hurdle.  Friday is the eponymous Gold Cup Day with the main race being held in the afternoon, following on from the Triumph Hurdle and the County Hurdle races earlier in the day.

The build-up to the Cheltenham Festival now dominates much of the entire National Hunt Season, with almost every race being seen as a set-up or trial for the March meeting.  Attendance at the meeting now peaks well over the 250,000 mark, with Gold Cup day alone seeing over 70,000 racegoers delve on Cheltenham and fill it with excitement.


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Cheltenham Races: International Meeting Review

The Cheltenham International Meeting once again returned to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse last weekend for two days of unrivalled horse racing action. This event is a key highlight within the National Hunt Season and perfectly contributes to the highly anticipated build up of the great Cheltenham Festival. As the last meeting of the year and Christmas just around the corner there’s plenty to savour from this prestigious race day. At the weekend we witnessed world class racing from first class jockeys, runners and respected trainers. Those in attendance included horses from both the Bryony Frost and Nicky Henderson camp.

The festivities could be felt all over Cheltenham Racecourse as the build up to the big day continues. On both days of the event plenty of racing was enjoyed. The final race of the Crystal Cup took place on the Friday which saw the conclusion of the European race series. Other highlights from the action packed racing weekend include the Caviar Gold Cup also dubbed as December’s Gold Cup and the International Hurdle. Saturday’s feature race: The Unibet International Hurdle is one of seven key races on the road to The Festival. Highly anticipated by many racing enthusiasts the race offers us key insights into who to look out for ahead of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival in 2019.

Unibet International Hurdle

The Unibet International Hurdle is a Grade 2 race ran on the Saturday of the International meeting at Cheltenham. The penultimate hurdle race is a highlight of the entire meeting as horses compete over the 2m 179 yards long race track to be victorious. Originally referred to as the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle, the event has been established since 1963. Following many adjustments over the years the race was originally sponsored in 2010 by Stan James which later lead to the parent company Unibet taking ownership.

The wins from the International Hurdle are always exciting, providing insight for what else is to come from the season and who to watch. There have been many successful wins over the years, including those of leading trainer Nicky Henderson. The British racehorse trainer has trained 5 of the winning horses from this race over the years. Including the win we saw at the weekend. Henderson added to his record with another win from horse Brain Power making this a consecutive win for the prestigious trainer.

At the weekend we saw a strong 8 horse line-up for the International Hurdle, those horses included:
• Brain Power
• Silver Streak
• Western Ryder
• We Have A Dream
• Vision Des Flos
• Old Guard
• Summerville Boy
• The New One

 

Brain Power Wins The 2018 Unibet International Hurdle

There’s no doubt that Irish bred racehorse Brain Power had luck on his side in last weekend’s major race. At odds of 7-1 the horse managed to beat the 7 finishing horses by a rewarding length and three quarters. The horse’s owner had recently made the decision to move the horse back from fences which subsequently paid off in Saturday’s racing schedule.

Much of the attention going into the race surrounded three time champion The New One. Emotions were high amongst the connections of the horse and the supportive racegoers. Despite a positive start to the race the ten year old horse was pulled up before the final hurdle in his last race before retirement. Connections to the horse spoke how disappointed they were and how they felt the horse “didn’t have it in him any more”.

Brain Power however is set for further success following the impressive win at Cheltenham. The victory set the horse up nicely for The Festival in 2019. Odds were slashed from 50/1 to 25/1 for The Champion Hurdle. The odds could now make Brain Power an each way contender at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival next year. Despite contenders pulling out strong performances during the race, Brain Power managed to quicken and tackle the final bend with conviction.

The seven year old faced a difficult racing career over fences, hence the decision to move. Previous meetings had not proven as successful for the horse. In March we saw Brain Power finish second in the Arkle Trophy however fell in a final Aintree outing. This season we also saw the horse beaten in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. Which all further highlights the reasoning behind Michael Buckley’s move.

 

Bryony Frost Wins The Caviar Gold Cup

Elsewhere at Cheltenham The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup race also took place on Saturday. The Grade 3 handicap steeplechase is a true test for any horse with over 2m 4f of racetrack to cover. Champion jockey Bryony Frost further added to her growing reputation with a Caviar Gold Cup win at the weekend. Teamed up with Frodon the pair put on an enviable performance which could only take them to the top spot.

Despite strong competition from the French horse Cepage, Frodon managed to keep him at bay with a length and a quarter defeat. Although the runner was carrying a top weight of 11st and 12lb’s at the race the pair managed to finish victorious. Arguably one of the best weight carrying performances of the entire season Frost really did put on a performance many should envy.

Frost always speaks enthusiastically following races and this weekend was no different. She spoke highly of Frodon stating he is a “brave horse and complete warrior”. It will be exciting to see what else Bryony Frost has in store for us throughout the remainder of the racing season.

Cheltenham Races: What’s Up Next?

Fear not, there’s still plenty to be enjoyed at Cheltenham Racecourse as the season continues right up until spring 2019. The next event to look forward to is Cheltenham New Year’s Day Meeting which is the perfect start for 2019. The festive spirit can still be felt as racing enthusiasts celebrate New Years Day in style with unrivalled hospitality and first-class horse racing. Following that meeting we are one step closer to the popular event of the season. Cheltenham Festival Trials Day is a highlight of the racing calendar that is certain to get everyone geared up for The Festival.

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Cheltenham Festival 2019

With less than three months to go there’s not long until the highly anticipated Cheltenham Festival. In 2019 experience the world’s most popular horse racing event with Eventmasters. We guarantee you and your guests will enjoy a luxury experience that oozes elegance and style.

The popularity of the event has been huge and we urge you to act quickly to ensure you secure a VIP package like no other for you and your guests. Book your Cheltenham Festival 2019 hospitality early to avoid disappointment.

Cheltenham Winners: Most Iconic Moments

Cheltenham Festival is regarded as the world’s most popular national hunt racing event. The four day meeting in March is said to attract around 230,000 racegoers year on year. From novice to avid race goer thousands flock to Prestbury Park in hope of seeing some Cheltenham magic in action.

The highlight of the meeting is undoubtedly Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, the biggest day of the entire season. The Gold Cup race is the one everyone looks forward to. Over the years we have seen many extraordinary wins and devastating losses at Cheltenham.

Since its early beginning in 1860 Cheltenham Festival has gone on to be a staple event in the horse racing world, creating once in a lifetime memories for all to enjoy. Ahead of the upcoming Cheltenham Festival, we have compiled the Most Iconic Moments at Cheltenham Racecourse that celebrate the wins of some great champions.

Arkle Wins 1964 Dual

In 1964 many were lucky to witness one of the greatest races ever between Great Britain’s best runners; Arkle and Mill House. The defending champion Mill House had met his match with Arkle in 1964’s racing season.

With a five length finish, Arkle dominated the race beating the favourite and previous winner at odds of 7/4. This was the year where the great Irish winner really made a name for himself, with many referencing to a “star being born”.

Following that iconic win, Arkle went on to have a truly impressive racing career. Arkle started as the favourite to win for every other race that followed. He will long be remembered as an iconic horse with three Gold Cup wins, a King George and Irish Grand National victory.

Five Winning Horses for Michael Dickinson

1983 saw arguably one of the most iconic moments in Cheltenham Festival history. Trainer Michael Dickinson was the first and only trainer to have five of his horses finish in the top five. At only 33 years old the trainer achieved the unimaginable. The Dickinson camp truly came out on top from this race.

The whole racecourse was stunned by such an achievement. The winning horse from the “famous five” was Bregawn. Since the victory, the Dickinson team spoke of how the race was hard on the winning horse and would now be considered as excessive use of the whip. They stated that at the time there was only one Gold Cup and they wanted the win.

Dickinson’s triumph is unlikely to ever be reciprocated.

A Double Win For Dawn Run

Best known for her successes at Cheltenham, Dawn Run is regarded as the most successful race mare in National Hunt Racing history. The first win came in 1984 where she won the Champion Hurdle and the second in the 1986 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Her achievements are long remembered within the horse racing circuit, due to the history she made. She still stands as the only racehorse to win both the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. She was the second mare in history to win the Champion Hurdle and at the time one of only four who had previously won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Her impressive racing ability and skill will long be remembered. She was a popular horse that saw a cheer like no other as she returned to the winner’s enclosure following her second win.

Dessie Wins The 1989 Gold Cup

One of the nation’s most popular runners formerly named as Desert Orchid ran to victory in the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup Race. The grey horse managed to secure a successful victory despite the testing racing conditions. With torrential rain hammering down on the Cheltenham Racecourse his trainers considered pulling him out of the race.

Dessie had a successful racing career, particularly at Kempton. With the horse more familiar with 2m chase races the Gold Cup Race seemed somewhat of a stretch for the horse. However, this didn’t stop him from winning.

With the nation behind him and the crowd cheering him on the great horse was only more determined to win. In an exciting finish with Yahoo, the people’s favourite Dessie gave the whole crowd what they wanted, a Cheltenham win.

The Victorious Underdog

Norton Coin is best known for his triumphant and unbelievable 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup win. The racehorse shot to victory at odds of 100/1 ridden by jockey McCourt. The horse ran a steady race throughout remaining closely behind the main contenders for the majority of the time. Coming up to the final stretch Ten Of spades fell which put Norton Coin in a close third. The previous champion Dessie began to tire and at the final fence it was race between Norton Coin and Toby Tobias.

Norton Coin led to victory winning by three quarters of a length. Finishing with a time of 6 minutes and 30.9 seconds he broke records. What a great triumph for the outsider which further highlights the magic that can happen at Cheltenham.

They are just five of the most iconic moments from Cheltenham Festival. All of which celebrate world class racing and impressive talent. This is just a small look into all the great that can happen at Cheltenham. The event is steeped in history, achievement, and success all of which contribute to the popularisation of the race. Cheltenham Festival will long be remembered for showcasing some of the world’s greatest horses, trainers and jockeys and putting them on a platform for the whole world to see.

Cheltenham Festival 2019

We are lucky to be able to still witness first class racing at Cheltenham Racecourse with the year on year Festival. In 2018 we saw Native River take the crown in the 90th Annual Running of the Gold Cup race. What can we expect from the 2019 meeting?

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Our packages run throughout The Festival with exclusive facilities available for Champions Day, Ladies Day, Cheltenham St Patricks Day and Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. Our exclusive hospitality will see you and your guests treated like VIP’s in a wide range of facilities including: The Venue, Silks, Long Run Restaurant and Private Boxes.

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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.

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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.

You can enjoy the Cheltenham Hunter Chase Meeting in true style with unrivalled hospitality in your own Private Grandstand Box. Book early for 2019, to avoid disappointment. 

 


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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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

Thinking of attending Cheltenham Racecourse for an unforgettable horse racing experience? Then we have got you covered. We provide luxurious, corporate hospitality packages throughout the season for Cheltenham Races and Cheltenham Festival.
Discover more about the exclusive Cheltenham Racecourse Hospitality we have on offer by choosing below which day you would like to attend:

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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