About the Gold Cup
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, hugely popular and is always a sell-out. The Cheltenham Festival is four days of jump racing with the Gold Cup on the Last day. This year it is on the 18th March. As the home of Jump racing, Cheltenham racecourse hosts an audience of up to 235,000 people at the Festival. The thrilling atmosphere is second to none as some of the finest race horses, jockeys and trainers battle it out for the top spot in this prestigious event. Not only are their reputations at stake but there is also £4.1 Million in prize money!
Place your bets!
You can begin by visiting the paddock to view the horses before each race. The professional racing types will be looking at the horses to see their form on the day with a knowledge of their previous wins. If you are new to racing you should be looking for good muscle tone, bright eyes and a shiny coat. Avoid skittish horses who are all lathered up before the race. Once you have made your choices you can place your bets, and don’t forget to take a pair of binoculars so you can keep a close eye on your horse!
There are a whole host of places to eat and drink at the race course with mobile caterers in all the enclosures supplying race goers with a choice of burgers, fish and chips and hot and cold drinks. But if you really want to make an occasion of it you can pre book a hospitality package to one of the fine dining restaurants situated in the Grandstand. The Panoramic Restaurant for example is found on the fifth floor overlooking the winning post. You can enjoy a five course a la carte meal with the most stunning views of the racecourse whilst placing bets from your table.
So if you are thinking of making your way to the prestigious Cheltenham Festival, or in fact any other race day at Cheltenham then why not arrive in style, on time with one of our experienced chauffeurs. Whether it is a corporate day out to entertain clients or a long awaited day with friends we will ensure that you arrive feeling relaxed and ready for your exciting day ahead.
Let our team of experienced and reliable drivers unburden you from the distractions of driving, navigating, and finding somewhere to park as you fully relax and savour the moment of the day. And once you’ve placed a few bets and enjoyed the delights of the day, we’ll whisk you away at a pre-arranged time and location ensuring a completely hassle-free departure.
The Race Schedule
13.30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle
14.10 The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race
14.50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
15.30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
16.10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
16.50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race
17.30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
History of Cheltenham Racing
With the first flat race taking place in 1815 on Nottingham Hill and the first race on Cleeve Hill in 1818, the racecourse was later moved to Prestbury Park, its current venue, in 1831 following horseracing opposition which left the original grandstand unusable.
A total of 3 tracks inhabit the grounds including the original, a tricky downhill fence with a long run-in, and a cross-country course laid inside the main track. But the highlight of it all, and undoubtedly their most popular event, is “the shining jewel in jump racing’s crown” the Cheltenham Festival, four days of magnificence played out on a stage framed by a breath taking vista of the Cotswold Hills.
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