Cheltenham Racecourse

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Cheltenham Races

Located in Gloucestershire in the South West of England, Cheltenham Racecourse has been used for professional horse racing since 1815. The crowds at Cheltenham Races grew to as many as 30,000 in attendance in the space of a decade, leading to the introduction of a two- day July meeting featuring what eventually became the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup. As it grew in prestige every year, it became an opportunity to present the cream of the crop in the jockey, trainer and horse racing world, allowing all competitive figures in the sport to visit Cheltenham Racecourse to lock horns in one of the UK’s finest horse racing arenas. Throughout the year, the Cheltenham horse racing track averages an annual crowd of 700,000 visitors. The racecourse not only provides thorough horse racing entertainment for all these visitors, but it caters for them adequately too, with a feast of the finest food and drink to all in attendance.

Cheltenham races doesn’t only attract the fancy hats and expensive frocks, but this doesn’t mean that you’re prevented from indulging yourself. Unlike most racecourses, the Cheltenham races dress code doesn’t limit you in what you’re wearing, even going without a specified Cheltenham Gold Cup dress code over the racecourse’s most prestigious race meeting. This is mainly due to the season in which the majority of Cheltenham races take place, with Cheltenham Festival being held in March, and The November Meeting unsurprisingly being an often cold event.

Suits are commonplace for men in The Club Enclosure and ladies will usually adorn a hat, but the winter months tend to dictate how much highbrow fashion occurs. We will update this page with everything that you’ll need to know before attending, including any altered rules for the next edition of The Festival, which will be clearly branded as the Cheltenham races dress code 2019.

The new course at Cheltenham races is a downhill fence and has a longer run for steeplechases than the old course. Hurdle races on the new course are just over two miles long, also accounting for a cross-country course, which is laid out inside the main racecourse and 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 UK's finest.

Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse is home to the annual Cheltenham Festival, which is highly-anticipated among horse betting punters -

We run a dedicated page for Cheltenham Festival. Follow the link for all the latest tips, odds and insight for the upcoming 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse has two separate courses that run alongside each other and are known as the old and new course. The old course is used for the first two days of The Cheltenham Festival, The November Meeting and The Showcase, which takes part in October. As for the new course, it’s used for Festival Trials Day, The International in December, the third and fourth days of The Cheltenham Festival including the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup, and further race meetings over April and May.

Cheltenham Race Course

Another feature in Cheltenham horse racing is their Cross Country Course. Formed through obstacles such as water, timber rails, banks, ditches and hedges, it was designed by Mike Etherington-Smith, who also designed the cross-country course that was used in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Cheltenham Cross Country Course is used for a single race over all major events, hosting a race meeting at The Festival, The November Meeting, and The International. Facilities at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire are open over every day of the year between Monday and Sunday of every week, with on-site parking for the thousands of people who opt to drive. Situated in Cotswold Hills, those in charge at Cheltenham Racecourse always aim to make it as easily accessible as possible, allowing for disabled parking, ramp access, and help to any visitors who require it.

This Year at Cheltenham Races

Another year means another host of favourable races at Cheltenham Racecourse. The action starts as soon as we bring in the new year, with New Year’s Day races to start in a positive light. The month concludes with a second day of races which are often used as a final warm- up before Cheltenham Festival gets underway in March. Cheltenham Festival is conducted over four days, hosting nearly thirty races including The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Champion Hurdle, and The Queen Mother Champion Chase to name a few. 2018 also saw further race meetings a month later, The Showcase in October, The Cheltenham November Meeting, and The International in December, which works as the final port of call for Cheltenham horse racing. The same number of runs are scheduled for the 2019 Cheltenham races, and there’s as much excitement as ever for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, where all of the UK and Ireland’s best horses will meet once again in some of the sport’s most challenging races.

Cheltenham Racing Timetable

You’re able to use this page as a hub for everything relating to Cheltenham horse racing including key races, Cheltenham races odds, every annual event, the current Cheltenham races dress code, and the next race on the calendar. Our Cheltenham Festival page caters exclusively to the race meetings over the four-day event, but if you’re looking for every race at the racecourse, this is where you will find every single recognised run in the pipeline:

Friday 25th October 2019 - Jump - Afternoon - Turf

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Ticketing Information for Cheltenham Races

If you’re looking to attend Cheltenham Racecourse in the coming months, you’re able to see all of the current ticket availability on their website. This not only includes The Cheltenham Festival, but also race meetings at Cheltenham, sporting events, live music, comedy, and anything else that is being held at Cheltenham Racecourse over the next twelve months.

You can book your Cheltenham tickets in advance, with smaller racing days being priced as low as £10 and Cheltenham Festival tickets usually being priced around the £30 mark. Purchasing a ticket couldn’t be much easier but the only obstacle is how quick they could sell out, so it’s always advised to get yours as early as possible to guarantee a place at the 2019 Cheltenham Races.

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 Race Course

Thousands of people from across the UK, Ireland, and the rest of the world flock to Cheltenham Racecourse to be part of the year’s key horse racing events. Choosing to use public transport is a common occurrence, with Cheltenham Racecourse Train Station situated close to the grounds.

If you’d rather drive, parking for Cheltenham Festival is £12 in advance and £20 on the day, with The November Meeting being a far cheaper £4 in advance or £5 on the day. It’s always advised to arrive early to beat the traffic, with pre-booked parking preferable in order to assure your space as you arrive. Coach travel is also available online, as well as a pick up and drop off point if you’re able to catch a lift from someone who isn’t attending.

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Cheltenham Racecourse Events

Although we see Cheltenham Racecourse as being utilised best for horse racing, there are other events held throughout the year. This includes conferences, exhibitions, and private parties, which you’re able to book on their website. You can also see live music and stand- up comedy at Cheltenham, with the racecourse being used as a venue for all popular events outside of horse racing.

Previous Cheltenham Winners

In the run-up to Cheltenham Races 2019, it’s worth considering the many winners in years gone by. Cheltenham Festival ranks among the sport’s biggest events, and there’s been plenty of horses who’ve established their careers and sealed their names in history through decorated results at The Festival. In order to present the majesty of Cheltenham Racecourse, we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest winners in past years:


Currently one of the most celebrated horses in the sport of horse racing, Altior made his first appearance at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2015, winning The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle during The November Meeting. His first entry into Cheltenham Festival came a few months later, winning The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. After such a strong start, he returned again in the 2017 Cheltenham Festival to win The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase, before continuing his record into 2018 with yet another win in the 2018 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Moon Racer

Coming into his first competitive run at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2014, Moon Racer won The Jockey Club Venues Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race with a starting price of 11/4. The strong start prompted his first appearance at Cheltenham Festival, winning The Weatherbys Champion Bumper. Despite not featuring in the next Cheltenham races, Moon Racer returned in the 2016 November Meeting, where he won The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle. It was difficult to compete with Buveur d’Air during Moon Racer’s entry to the 2017 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, but it was still disappointing for him to pull up before the race concluded. His last entry into the 2018 Cheltenham Festival saw further disappointment, only making it to ninth in The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle.

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