Our Guide to the Cheltenham Festival 2023

Cheltenham Festival 2023 Update Guide

With less than two months until the Cheltenham Festival starts, horse racing fans across the world will be counting down the days until one of the most prestigious events in the sport.

When does the festival begin?

The festival will start on Tuesday 14th March, finishing four days later on Friday 17th March 2023.

Key Races & Horses to look out for

You may be wandering which races are of particular note across the four days and which horses you should be looking out for. For the opening day, four races are taking place. Read on to find out.

Day One (Tuesday 14th March)

The first is the Champion Hurdle, the favourite to win this race is reigning Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Champion Constitution Hill. Fellow favourite Honeysuckle is the champion of both of the previous two Champion Hurdles.

The next opening day event is the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Marine Nationale, Et Passe, Tahmuras and Facile Vega are all seen as the favourites. However, Facile Vega is seen as the most likely to win the Novices’ Hurdle this year, as the horse is unbeaten so far this season.

Jonbon, Dysart Dynamo, Appreciate It, El Fabiolo and Saint Roi are all seen as favourites for the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase, with Jonbon edging the competition as the horse is unbeaten over fences.

2022 Close Brother’s Mares’ Hurdle Champion Marie’s Rock is the favourite for this year’s race, but faces competition from Epatante and Love Envoi.

Day Two (Wednesday 15th March)

For Day Two, Energumene is the favourite for the Champion Chase, whilst Gaelic Warrior and Hermes Allen are both the favourites to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The other key races to look out for on Wednesday is the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the Glenfarclas Chase.

Day Three (Thursday 16th March)

The penultimate day has four races. Flooring Porter is the favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle and is looking for a third successive win. For the Ryanair Chase, King George is the favourite alongside Blue Lord and Shishkin.

Appreciate It and Mighty Potter are seen as favourites for the Turners Novices’ Chase, whilst Luccia is the current favourite to win the Ryanair Mares’ Novices Hurdle.

Day Four (Friday 17th March)

The prestigious Gold Cup is on the final day, with Galopin Des Champs the favourite to win the race alongside Noble Yeats. Bravemansgame and Protektorat are also both seen to have a chance of securing victory too.

There are several favourites for the Triumph Hurdle, including Lossiemouth who is unbeaten over hurdles, with the other favourites including Gala Marceau and Blood Destiny.

Another key race is the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, which is seen as a tight race. Last year’s winner was The Nice Guy.

The favourites for this year’s Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase are Allegorie De Vassey and Impervious.

There is plenty to look forward to at this year’s Cheltenham Festival where there are bound to be stunning moments and numerous shock winners.

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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