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Cheltenham Race Course

The Cheltenham horse racing course is seen as the spiritual Home of Jump racing. Cheltenham’s most prestigious annual event is the Cheltenham Festival and occurs every year, in March.

Set in an idyllic location, at the foot of Cleeve Hill, the first Flat race meet took place in 1815 on Nottingham Hill, with the first on Cleeve Hill occurring in August 1818. Since 1831 the racecourse has been based at Prestbury Park, it was moved due to the grandstand being burnt to the ground, not long after Reverend Francis Close preached horse racing as being an evil practise, back in 1829.

Throughout the decades of the 20th century the Cheltenham stands have been improved, with the main stand being extended on several occasions. Cheltenham race course has developed since inception, at a steady and progressive rate. The natural amphitheatre setting of this delightful racecourse always proves itself to be an ultimate test, even for the most renowned thoroughbred.

Cheltenham Betting & Racing Tips

Whether it be for the Thursday tip or any other day Cheltenham racing tip, you’ll find some great offers here, on our site, from leading bookmakers.

Our top tipsters love a Cheltenham horse race to bet on, Home of the Jumps you’re always assured of an entertaining horse race.

At the course, you’ll find totepool betting points in the majority of dining areas, hospitality services and within the grandstands. Cheltenham also has two main betting rings; one in front of the Tattersalls Grandstand and the other at the Best Mate Grandstand.

Don’t go with the first one you find, shop around for the best odds and if you place some bets via our website then why not check out our horse tracker? This will keep you informed of your bets and ensure you don’t miss a horse race on the day. You’ll also find Betfred bookies within the racecourse too.

Free Cheltenham Bets

For a free bet, on any race at Cheltenham check out our free bet offers page. We’ve great offers from SkyBet and several other online bookies, remember to take our tips with you too.

Cheltenham Winners

Cheltenham has seen some remarkable bets come in for people over the years. None more so than for a fortunate trainer in 1983. Michael Dickinson was responsible for all the first five horses to finish.

The most successful horse to ride in Cheltenham was Golden Miller, in the early 1930s, who won for 5 consecutive years.

Ensure you check out our daily horse racing tips page too, we place tips specific to Cheltenham races here:

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The Cheltenham Race Course

Cheltenham Racecourse

Runners past the grandstands in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle on Champion Day, during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The race course has two separate courses that run alongside each other and are known as the old and new course.

Cheltenham races doesn’t attract the fancy hats and expensive frocks, but this doesn’t mean you do not have to indulge yourself. Like most race courses, Cheltenham has no dress code but alludes to comfort and class. This is mainly due to the season in which the majority of Cheltenham races takes place, the winter months can be harsh so check the weather report.

Suits are common place for the men in the Club Enclosure and ladies will usually adorn a hat but the winter months usually dictate how much highbrow fashion occurs.

The New Course, at Cheltenham, is a downhill fence and has a longer run-in for steeplechases than the Old Course. The Hurdle races on the New Course are just over 2 miles long. Cheltenham also has a cross-country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse, used for the cross-country steeplechases.

Throughout the year, including the festival, the race track averages an annual crowd of 700,000 visitors. The race course not only provides thorough horse racing entertaining for all these visitors but caters for them adequately too.

For the cream of the crop in the jockey, trainer and horse racing world then come visit the Cheltenham course, undoubtedly one of the UKs finest.

Cheltenham Racecourse Map

Cheltenham Racing Timetable

DateRace Type

Friday 27th Oct 2017The Showcase

Saturday 28th Oct 2017The Showcase

Friday 17th Nov 2017Countryside Day

Saturday 18th Nov 2017BetVictor Gold Cup Day

Sunday 19th Nov 2017The November Meeting

Friday 15th Dec 2017The International

Saturday 16th Dec 2017The International

Monday 1st Jan 2018New Year’s Day

Saturday 27th Jan 2018Festival Trials Day

Tuesday 13th March 2018The Festival, Champion Day

Wednesday 14th March 2018The Festival, Ladies Day

Thursday 15th March 2018The Festival, St Pat’s Day

Friday 16th March 2018The Festival, Gold Cup Day

Wednesday 18th April 2018The April Meeting

Thursday 19th April 2018The April Meeting

Friday 4th May 2018Hunter Chase Evening

Ticket Information

Tickets for all Cheltenham racecourse events need to be collected from allocated Ticket Collection and Sale Points. These are located opposite the stables at the bottom of the drive. Remember to take the card used to make the purchase with you when picking up tickets.

Finding Cheltenham Racecourse

Located in an idyllic setting often referred to as a natural amphitheatre in Gloucestershire countryside.

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General Enquiries: 01242 513 014

If you are driving to the course be sure to check on parking, it’s not free for weekend racing and there can be a build up during peak periods. Traffic orders exist in surrounding streets too, so put some thought into how you’ll be getting in.

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