You might’ve heard the words Cheltenham Festival echoing around the town (and the rest of the country) recently. That’s because, the famous racing event that is an indisputable staple in England’s sporting calendar, is returning again for ‘Four Days or Extraordinary’. Sponsored by Magners, Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 12 – Friday 15th March and is the set to be the most exciting, highly anticipated Jump racing event of the year. It’s set at Cheltenham Racecourse and will play host to 260,000 visitors and the absolute finest horses and jockeys, trainers and owners. What they’re racing for? Awards, reputation – and over £4.5m worth of prize money.
Much like The Grand National, Cheltenham Festival is structured in 4 days. Day 1 is Champion Day. This is where all the racers will gather on the field and the excitement that has been building up all year will be released. This time last year, Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air won honours for the Uninet Champion Hurdle “becoming the first horse since Hardy Eustace in 2004 and 2005 to retain the title”. What visitors can expect from Champion Day this year is top-notch, world-class Jump racing, as well as live music, food, entertainment and shopping.
Day Two is the fun-loving Ladies’ Day. This is where the outfits are even more colourful and lively than the atmosphere of the festival. The tweed and trilbies will come out, drinks will be in hands, and the #ColourMeMarch competition will return, where men and women can be judged on their outfits with the chance of winning attractive prizes.
Day Three is called St Patrick’s Thursday and is a celebration of Ireland. Head to the Guinness Village and enjoy drinks and live music, and watch more incredible jump racing. On St Patrick’s Day at Cheltenham last year, Gordon Elliott, Davy Russell, and Michael O’Leary (CEO of Ryanair) were awarded honours in the Ryanair Chase.
Finally, the fourth day, and perhaps most exciting, is Gold Cup Day, where one world-class jump racer will be awarded the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Last year, this was won by the horse Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard. The races on this day are the most fierce, with the end goal of winning the ultimate trophy, and prize, in clear sight.
Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH
12 – 15 March 2019
Get your tickets via thejockeyclub.co.uk!