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The Cheltenham Festival

February, 2020

The Cheltenham Festival

As we are located on the edge of the North Cotswolds, a region famed for being equestrian and relatively close to Cheltenham, our area is a buzz of excitement and activity during The Cheltenham Festival. This is the world famous horse racing event locally known as Gold Cup Week.

The very best horses from the world of jump racing all come together with top stars competing in each of the Festival’s 28 races. This year the biggest week in horse racing gets under way on 10 March and runs through to 13 March with seven thrilling races each day.

Day 1 is Champion Day with a mix of seven action packed races for young hurdlers, chasers, novices and amateur riders.

Day 2 is Ladies Day is all about speed and stamina. The highlight is The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, one of the most exhilarating and demanding races of the season.

Day 3 is the day the Irish set the scene. Also known as St Patrick’s Thursday it is the day to experience the 'craic' with Irish companies sponsoring the major races and entertainment from Irish folk bands.  

Day 4 is Gold Cup Day. One of the most sought after titles in racing is decided on the final day of the Festival and always promises a great spectacle. The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race associated with the elite of the sport. The race is run over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs, 22 fences are jumped, it is open to horses aged five years and over and is often referred to as the 'Blue Riband' of jump racing. Nothing can rival the Cheltenham roar as the horses charge up the famous hill.

Cheltenham Festival Facts:

  • Expect over 265,000 people to attend The Festival during the week. The maximum capacity at Cheltenham Racecourse on Gold Cup day is 67,500
  • Over £600,000 is expected to be bet on the 28 Cheltenham Festival races
  • Over 40,000 hospitality guests are served over the four days of racing
  • Kauto Star is the only horse in history to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice, in 2007 and 2009.

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