Horse Racing is all the rage nowadays- hundreds of thousands of spectators across the country regularly flock to racecourses located across the breadth of the nation, and it’s not just well established race days that are enjoying the massive influx of new custom. Ascot, Redcar, York, Warwick, Windsor and a host of other cities have their own racecourses, and as economic woes ease up, many are relishing the chance to dress up, kick back and place a couple of bets at these classy, exciting race days. One of these to look out for next year is the Cheltenham Festival, known throughout the country as one of the most entertaining, family friendly racing events of the year.
Also known as the National Hunt Meeting, the Cheltenham Festival is one of horse racing’s most long-established events, and the second largest in the UK in terms of visitor numbers. The one hundred and forty year-old festival also has the second-largest prize pot available in the racing circuit, just below Ascot, and this fact, paired with the sheer number of races that take place across the four day event; 29 fence and hurdle challenges in all; means that teams, owners, jockeys and even the steeds themselves will be viewing the festival with avid eyes!
Kicking off on the 10th of March and culminating on the 13th, the festival is geared towards providing entertainment for a variety of audiences. The 10th is the most eclectic day of the series and is suitably titled Champion Day, thanks to the Stan James Champion Hurdle Race (the most anticipated race of the early season) taking place on this day. Those that like to make their time at the races a little more exciting will want to make sure Coral’s mobile app is loaded on their smartphone before they arrive; with racing news, information on the various equine contenders, odds and even live streaming of races it’s a must-have!
Wednesday the 11th is Ladies Day, a day when gals can put on their favourite frocks and exquisite hats and enjoy a fanciful day of fun and frivolity, topped off with the excellent Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase! On Thursday 12th St. Patricks Day tears through the ground, and with all manner of food, music and, naturally, drink on offer, as well as some excellent races, this day looks to be a belter!
Finally, on Friday 13th of March Cheltenham’s Gold Cup Day takes place; a true day for racing aficionados, Cup Day is packed to the brim with exciting races, celebrations and the all important podium events! If this all sounds good to you, make sure to purchase your tickets in time for the festival!