How have the Cheltenham Festival Favourites fared so far this season?

How have the Cheltenham Festival Favourites fared so far this season?

Cheltenham Festival 2023 Update

The Cheltenham Festival, one of the most prestigious horse racing events for 2023, gets underway on Tuesday 14th March. With preparation well underway, how have the favourites for the headline events such as the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup fared so far this season?

Starting with the famous and prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup, Galopin Des Champs, became many peoples’ favourite to win the Cup in 2023 after a comfortable victory in the John Durkan Memorial Chase in December 2022, winning by a dozen lengths ahead of second placed Fakir D’oudairies.

A Plus Tard was of course the winner of the previous Gold Cup in 2022, but the defending champion missed out on victory at the Betfair Chase in November 2022, before going on to miss the Savills Chase due to an illness. Despite this, A Plus Tard is still amongst the favourites.

The 2023 Champion Hurdle is set to be as exciting as ever. This year’s favourite is Constitution Hill, who has had a stellar season to date.

Not only did the horse end Honeysuckle’s unbeaten run at Fairyhouse, Constitution Hill was also the emphatic winner at the Fighting Fifth by an extraordinary 12 lengths in November.

Energumene is seen as the outright favourite to emerge victorious from this year’s Champion Chase and is the defending champion.

This is backed up by an impressive victory at Hilly Way, the second in succession, which had followed success at Punchestown where he comfortably beat stablemate Chacun Pour Soi.

Other leading contenders for the Champion Chase include Blue Lord and Greaneteen. Blue Lord won the Clonmel Oil Chase before continuing this momentum with a victory in the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase (Grade 1), after winning six of the seven races on the day.

As for Greaneteen, victory came in the Haldon Gold Cup, finishing just ahead of Dolos and War Lord in second and third, respectively.

As for the Paddy Power Stayer’s Hurdle, Flooring Porter is the clear favourite and what is extraordinary is that a third successive victory in this event could be secured in 2023.

Flooring Porter is most certainly not the only contender to win the hurdle. Home by the Lee has emerged as one of the leading contenders after showing some great form this season with victory secured in the Lismullen Hurdle, followed by an emphatic victory in the Christmas Hurdle.

The Cheltenham Festival is an event that is pencilled into the diaries of horse racing fans across the world, and, like with every year, the excitement and unpredictability that this sport provides means that even though every race has favourites, we could see some shock winners in any of the events this year.

As official hospitality suppliers for Cheltenham Festival appointed directly by Cheltenham Racecourse, Eventmasters are delighted to provide Cheltenham Festival hospitality packages in 2023.

Silks Hospitality Package

An excellent base to enjoy a day at the races, Silks Restaurant offers wonderful panoramic views of the Cheltenham Racecourse. With a four-course luncheon, afternoon tea, hostess service and complimentary bar, this really is a fabulous way to experience Cheltenham Festival. Prices for this facility range from £529 – £689 per person plus VAT.

The Venue Hospitality Package

Located within the exclusive courtyard area of Cheltenham’s hospitality village, The Venue is a wonderfully relaxed venue for you to experience Cheltenham Festival. As well as amazing food and drink, this option includes celebrity tipsters as well as live music. Prices for The Venue range from £389 – £429 per person plus VAT.

The Champions Club Hospitality Package

Enjoy the Cheltenham Festival from some of the best seats in the stands, combining comfort, convenience and luxury in the Champions Club. With the finest views of the track, treat yourself to fantastic food and drink during Champion Day.

Four Eighty Restaurant Hospitality Package

The Four Eighty Restaurant is a new addition to the Cheltenham Festival’s world-class hospitality packages. Revel in three-course fine dining from your own private tables and experience amazing views from the second level on the course.

Private Grandstand Box Hospitality Package

Why not take things a step further by experiencing Cheltenham Festival in your very own private box! The Grandstand Box provides an intimate atmosphere and offers incredible views of the racecourse, overlooking the winning line. For this premium experience, prices range from £18,000 – to £25,000 for a total of 12 people plus VAT.

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