What Makes the Cheltenham Festival a Marquee Event


Cheltenham is no doubt the pinnacle of the British Jump Season. An enthralling extravaganza, the Cheltenham festival comprises 28 races over a four day period. Featuring the world’s best horses, jockeys and trainers, there is no denying that the Cheltenham Festival is an event that no horse racing enthusiast wants to miss.

But what exactly is it that makes The Cheltenham Festival So Special?

Despite there not being a shortage of other horse racing meets, the Cheltenham Festival is still the event that draws a huge crowd year after year. Not only is one of the biggest betting events in the National Hunt calendar; it is also an event associated with sophistication and decadence. 

Usually held in March, the four day festival at Prestbury Park, the festival features several Grade 1 races. These races include Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and Stayers’ Hurdle. These are spread out over the four days to offer one main race per day alongside the rest of the racing programme.

Cheltenham Festival is about hurdles and fences and whilst isn’t a big draw to international horses and jockeys, it still features as one of the biggest events in the UK. 

Harness racing isn’t a race you will find on the Cheltenham calendar but still a popular betting sport worldwide having originated in the US back in the 1800s. Still, it lacks in popularity in the UK where the preference is on thoroughbred racing. Harness racing is a specific type of racing in which horses race at a specific gait – a trot or a pace and are usually pulling a two wheeled cart. The cart is called ‘a sulky’ and harness racing has drivers of the sulky as opposed to riders on horseback.

Hospitality at Cheltenham Festival

As you would expect at one of the UK’s biggest horse racing meets, Cheltenham not only offers racegoers the experience of watching some of the world’s best horses and jockeys in action but it excels in the experience offered. Making it one of the best hospitality experiences in the racing calendar.

But what exactly makes it so prestigious?

Offering a range of packages to allow visitors to enjoy some spectacular views of live-action races at different points at the track, Cheltenham is renowned for offering a luxurious experience in horse racing and those in attendance lucky enough to secure a place in one of them any function rooms, pods or viewing areas can be treated unrivalled views and enjoy the races whilst being treated to best in hospitality.

From restaurants boasting fine dining and drinking packages to accompany some world-class racing. The emphasis is always on the racing, and those who are lucky enough to attend this yearly event know they will see the best of the best. The festival has the amenities to accommodate those wanting an altogether more special experience as they witness the horses and jockeys in action.

Why Visit Cheltenham Festival?

Those who visit time and again, know that once at the racecourse, they can indulge in their passion for horse racing whilst experiencing an event truly like no other horse racing event. With each day boasting a special race, it is one of the biggest betting events in the UK, and attendees can choose exactly how they wish to experience the day based on the tickets they purchase. 

With around a quarter of a million people turning up for the top-notch action they won’t get anywhere else, the highlight of the jump calendar will remain as The Cheltenham Festival despite the abundance of other high profile race meets for both flat and jump courses alike in the UK. If you are a fan of horse racing, then there is no denying that Cheltenham Festival offers you the cream of the crop during its four-day extravaganza every year!

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