Cheltenham Festival Jump Racing

Cheltenham Festival: Your Need-to-Know Essentials for 2019

It is only a few months until Cheltenham Festival 2019 – it seems ages away but it’ll be over before we know it!

Sure, the season hasn’t even really started yet, but it’s never too early to prepare…

As soon as the new year rolls around, trainers and jockeys the country over will focus their attention on Cheltenham; suits and dresses will start to be bought in preparation, and the Jockey Club staff will be finalising details for one of the showcase events in the racing calendar.

The jumps racecourse is a favourite of fans of all varieties – from the professional pundits to the punters in the stands, there’s never a bored soul at Cheltenham.  There certainly aren’t many meetings, more thrilling and prestigious than the annual Cheltenham Festival.

The coveted Gold Cup stands as the meeting’s headline draw, and it’s one of the most treasured in world horse racing.  Cheltenham has always been one of the most anticipated and awaited events in the national racing calendar.

The Prestbury Park racecourse is a huge draw itself – the state-of-the-art grandstand cost the owners £45 Million just a few years ago – and is full of modern amenities and luxury suites.

When is the Cheltenham Festival?

Cheltenham Festival will run from the Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th March, 2019.

Races will run each day from 13:30 until 17:30, with races running every 40 minutes – giving 7 races a day.

With so much top-drawer action to enjoy, there is a good, even pace to the day.

Racing Schedule


Champion Day – Tuesday 12th March 2019

Races on Champions Day:

  • Supreme Novices Hurdle, 13:30
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy, 14:10
  • Festival Handicap Chase. 14:50
  • Champion Hurdle, 15:30
  • David Nicholson Mares Hurdle. 16:10
  • National Hunt Chase, 16:50
  • Novices Handicap Chase, 17:30

Ladies Day – Wednesday 13th March 2019

Races on Ladies Day

  • Ballymore Novices Hurdle, 13:30
  • RSA Chase, 14:10
  • Coral Cup, 14:50
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase, 15:30
  • Cross Country Chase 16:10
  • Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle 16:50
  • Champion Bumper 17:30

St Patrick’s Day – Thursday 14th March 2019

Races on St Patrick’s Thursday

  • JLT Novices Chase, 1:30
  • Pertemps Final Hurdle, 2:10
  • Ryanair Chase, 2:50
  • Stayers Hurdle, 3:30
  • Festival Plate, 4:10
  • Mares Novices, Hurdle 4:50
  • Kim Muir Challenge Cup, 5:30

Gold Cup Day – Friday 15th March 2019

  • Triumph Hurdle, 1:30
  • County Handicap Hurdle, 2:10
  • Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, 2:50
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup, 3:30
  • Foxhunter Steeple Chase, 4:10
  • Conditional Jockeys Hurdle, 4:50
  • Grand Annual Chase, 5:30

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Cheltenham Festival Hospitality - Silks@Frontrunners Corporate Packages

Our Silks Restaurant facility not only includes fabulous food and drink, but also a deluxe private balcony with splendid track-side views of Cheltenham Racecourse.

With a stunning array of facilities to choose from including our Silks@Frontrunners restaurant facility, The Venue and private Grandstand Boxes, we are to have something tailor-made for your enjoyment.

Available hospitality packages for Cheltenham Festival 2019:

Champion Day

Ladies Day

St Patrick’s Thursday

Gold Cup Day