Cheltenham Racecourse is at Prestbury Park on the outskirts of the Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Cheltenham is know as the “home of National Hunt racing”, because it hosts the four-day Cheltenham Hunt Festival, held on the second week in March every year and features the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, England, taken from Cleeve Hill.
The Cheltenham Festival has a Total Prize Money of £3.67m. The meeting is held annually over 4-days in March – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Races commence from 1.30pm each day.
The feature race on Tuesday is The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, the most sought after prize anywhere for 2 mile hurdlers.
Wednesday sees the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase take centre stage, as the best two mile chasers produce a fast and furious contest over the famous Cheltenham fences. For many, this is the most exciting race of the year.
In 2009, Wednesday will have seven races for the first time since The Festival became a four day meeting.
On Thursday features, the long distance hurdlers contest The Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Only the brave and the strong prevail in this three mile contest. The Ryanair Chase is another Grade 1 highlight on Thursday. Thursday is Ladies Day. On Ladies Day there are also awards for Best Dressed Lady, Best Accessories and Best Hat. Presentations for these awards are made before the horses enter the paddock for the first race.
On Friday Cheltenham hosts the famous totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup with total prize money of £475,000 which is the highlight of the four-day Festival at Cheltenham.
Off the track, there is plenty of entertainment on offer through the trade stands, musical offerings in all enclosures and the amazing variety of dining, entertaining and hospitality options.
Tickets available from www.cheltenham.co.uk or by calling 08445 793 003