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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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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 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. In 2019, there were three horses which won during Trials day that went on to become victorious at the festival. These included Frodon, Paisley Park and Siruh Du Lac. Which one are you most looking forward to? Be there to see who will be triumphant this year and be one of the first to see Cheltenham Festival 2020 contenders in action.
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Cheltenham Festival 2020
Here’s the one we have all been waiting for, the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. Dubbed as the world’s most popular horse racing event, it really is a highlight of the National 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 2020 the Cheltenham Festival will run from Tuesday 10th -Friday 13th 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 2019, we saw Espoir d’Allen win the Champion Hurdle ridden by jockey Mark Walsh. 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 11th March in 2020. 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 2019, Altior was victorious for the second year running 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 2019 by Paisley Park.
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 2019 Gold Cup winner was the great Don Poli who fought past the previous years’ winner, Native River and former runner up, Might Bite.
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Cheltenham April Meeting
Here we have the penultimate event of the National Hunt Season at Cheltenham Racecourse. 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 £60,000 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 for the National Hunt Season at the Hunter Chase Meeting. The final curtain call will be held on Friday 1st May 2020 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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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 opposed 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.
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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. 2019 winners included: Defi Du Seuil, Harambe and Happy Diva.
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.
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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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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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Renowned for its unrivalled jumps racing in the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside – the Cheltenham Festival undoubtedly represents the pinnacle of National Hunt Horse Racing in the UK.
The magnificent four-day event succeeds in attracting the very finest horses year-in-year-out along with some of the most decorated jockeys in the business all vying to compete for the ultimate sporting accolades. Avid racegoers can indeed relish an experience unrivalled by most, with the feature races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Queen Mother Champion Chase, certain to catch the eye.
Owners and trainers long dream of entering runners in races at Cheltenham, which has only made its elite status more prominent. Year on year the four-day bonanza increases in popularity, with record crowds of over 262,000 in attendance across the event in 2019.
Proceedings kick off in style with Champion Day, a fixture boasting four Grade One races. The day opens with the exciting Supreme Novices Hurdle, which has seen the likes of Vautour, Douvan and Brave Inca reign victorious.
The showcase of the opening day, however, is undoubtedly the Champion Hurdle. The premier two-mile hurdle is globally recognised as one of the National Hunt’s most prominent spectacles and has seen a superb selection of legendary victors, including Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Sea Pigeon.
This year sees the Nicky Henderson-trained mare Epatante and Henry de Bromhead’s Honeysuckle, who remains unbeaten in six starts, headline the card.
Honeysuckle and Epatante head marvellous mares among Champion Hurdle entries >>> https://t.co/HganaqPc7C
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) January 16, 2020
Other major races on day one include the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the Ultima Handicap Chase and the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, which is Grade 2 Novice Chase of about 4m.
Ladies Day: Fashion, Excitement and Blistering Pace Racing
Following on from the splendid opening day, is one that needs no introduction. Ladies Day, renowned for its unparalleled glamour and style, it is regarded as one of the world’s most eminent social occasions on the horse racing calendar. Ladies will once again flock in their thousands to Cheltenham Racecourse for this extremely attractive day out as they compete for the coveted prize of ‘Best Dressed Lady’.
To win the competition coined under the hashtag #COLOURMEMARCH, all you are required to do is add a splash of colour to your outfit and be spotted by a Cheltenham Racecourse official, or enter yourself via a marquee located above the Parade Ring at The Festival. But the finery and luxury of this spectacular social event belies the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world class, high octane action on the racetrack.
The sporting highlight of the day is certainly the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the ultimate test for two-mile steeplechasers. The list of winners include Master Minded, Sprinter Sacre and Badsworth Boy, some of the greatest racers in the history of the division.
Altior is the current title holder with dual back-to-back victories in the feature race of Ladies day. He’ll tee up with Nico de Boinville once more in a bid to achieve the hat-trick, which would also land the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding a Cheltenham victory for the fifth successive year!
Last year, Altior broke Big Buck’s jumps record by winning 19 consecutive jump races between October, 2015 and April, 2019 before his winning streak was ended by Cyrname in the Grade Two Chase at Ascot last November. He’s attempting to bounceback this season and if he is successful he’ll also become only the second horse to have won the Queen Mother Champion Chase three times.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is another popular race at Cheltenham on the second day of the Festival. Having been won by the likes of Faugheen, Simonsig and the late Willoughby Court, it is certainly a contest that oozes quality.
St. Patrick’s Thursday: The Stayers’ Hurdle Headlines the Cards
Expect the Guinness to be in full flow on St Patricks Day, with racegoers celebrating in style at the Cheltenham Festival on day three. A fabulous atmosphere coupled with some of the event’s most coveted races makes this fixture a firm favourite among avid racing enthusiasts.
Last year was particularly inspiring as we saw a number of firsts for our women in sport. Bryony Frost made history in the Ryanair Chase, becoming the first female jockey to win a Grade One hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. She guided Frodon to glory in what can only be labelled an extraordinary day and one of the most significant in recent racing history.
The pulsating race, which was introduced to the Festival in 2005, has also been won by popular competitors including Cue Card, Albertas Run and Imperial Commander.
Another highlight race is The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle, which represents a true test of stamina for three-mile hurdlers. Three-time and four-time winners, Inglis Drever and Big Bucks, are the contest’s most famed competitors whilst the imperious Thistlecrack also made history in 2016 by romping to victory in breath-taking fashion.
Paisley Park romped to victory in last year Stayers’ Hurdle, to land his blind owner, Andrew Gemmell his first Cheltenham Festival win. He’ll return to the grounds in 2020 to defend his title and the young horse has been reported as “raring to go” by trainer, Emma Lavelle.
He’s the hot favourite with all the betting firms ahead of the race this year and has shown time and time again, that he’s a power house in the long distance hurdling division. Will you be betting on Paisley Park?
Other notable contest include the JLT Novices’ Chase and The Pertemps Final.
Enjoy the Blue Riband Race of the Week – Gold Cup Chase
Last but certainly not least is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The fabulous final day features the renowned Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is arguably the premier race of the week. It is in this gruelling three and a quarter mile test where much of the sport’s icons have paved their legacy, with Arkle, Best Mate, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star among the list of esteemed winners.
This year, Al Boum Photo returns to Cheltenham looking to become the first horse since Best Mate to retain the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He headlines a talented field of 31 entries, which include Punchestown Gold Cup Winner Kemboy, Savills Christmas Chase Winner, Delta Work, RSA Chase second Santini and the consecutive King George winner Clan Des Obeaux.
Last year, Al Boum Photo provided Willie Mullins with his first success in the Gold Cup race. Can he achieve back-to-back glory in 2020?
History would say it’s unlikely but the defending champion is a strong stayer, either way the 2020 Gold Cup is sure to excite!
Adding to the feast of festival action on the final day is the exciting Triumph Hurdle. Termed as the biggest race of the entire jumps season for juveniles, this contest succeeds in attracting a wonderful selection of high-class runners. Other races at Cheltenham Festival of note include The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle, the Martin Pipe Hurdle and The Grand Annual Chase.
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The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching! From horses to hospitality, there is plenty to look forward to in 2020.
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