Just in case you didn’t know there’s a little event happening at Cheltenham Racecourse in March, of course it’s the Cheltenham Festival, the jewel in the National Hunt season. All roads lead to Cheltenham Racecourse and Jake Johns is here to run through some helpful information about the course and what to expect when you get there!
Where Is Cheltenham Racecourse?
Cheltenham Racecourse lies in the heart of Gloucestershire, surrounded by beautiful countryside and of course the famous Cleve Hill! To get there by train it only takes around two hours from London and a shuttle bus runs from the train station to the track every ten minutes during the festival. So there are no excuses not to go!
Cheltenham Races Dress Code
Another great thing about Cheltenham Racecourse is that there’s no posh dress code like at Ascot or Goodwood. In fact there’s no dress code at all! They advise you wrap up warm if it is cold and note that many ladies wear hats and men wear suits. But basically wear what you want! You can even whack on some fancy dress, as long as it’s not offensive of course!
Tuesday (Champions Day) – Considered by some the best racing day of the meeting with the Supreme Novice Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and Arkle many of the best hurdle and Chase horses fight it out for their respective races. What Mullins superstar will come out of the Supreme Novice Hurdle this year? Can Faugheen do it again in the Champion Hurdle? What about the Arkle? So many questions to be answered!
Wednesday (Ladies Day) – Cheltenham Races ladies day is a big event year on year, Cheltenham Racecourse run ‘Colour Me March’ best dressed competition for the ladies which always seems to be a hit! On the course the feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. What a race it could be with Altior and Douvan!
Thursday (St Patricks Day) – Well it’s not actually St Patrick ’s Day but you wouldn’t know because the thousands of Irish people who visit Cheltenham Racecourse each year certainly celebrate like it is! The feature race today is The Stayers'Hurdle. It looks an open contest but UnowwhatImeanHarry and Nichols Canyon could fight it out.
Friday (Gold Cup Day) – The day that needs no explanation. This year’s feature race looks like it could be an absolute corker with favourite Thistlecrack destroying his rivals in the King George last year.
So there you have it, a little bit of info on the great Cheltenham Racecourse and the Beautiful festival that comes around each year!