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Cheltenham Racecourse

Address:
Cheltenham Racecourse
Prestbury Park
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 4SH

Telephone: 01242 513014
Email: cheltenham.reception@thejockeyclub.co.uk
Twitter : @CheltenhamRaces
Facebook : facebook.com/thehomeofjumpracing

About Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham is the Home of Jump racing. It's the place where owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders dream of having winners. Each season, from October through to April, they hold 16 days of top class jump racing, but the main event is always The Festival in March, where for 4 days Cheltenham takes center stage in the racing world and provides the pinnacle of National Hunt racing.

Cheltenham Racecourse racecourse is part of the The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horse racing.

The Cheltenham racecourse web site includes a list of upcoming fixtures, dress code, directions and parking, racecourse map, spectator guide and places to stay around the area. It also includes details of venue hire for both business functions, filming and celebrations, such as weddings and private parties.

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Course Details

Old Course:

Used for the Showcase meeting in October, the Open meeting in November and the 1st two days of The Cheltenham Festival. The course is a left handed oval of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The ground is undulating with a steep uphill finish. The Old Course runs around the outside of the New Course down the back straight and swings away from it early on, making the turns a bit tighter.

New Course:

Although called the New Course, it was introduced in 1967 (so it's not that new). It's used for the International meeting in December, the New Year's Day meeting, the Festival Trials meeting in January, the last two days of The Festival and the meeting at the end of April. The course generally requires more stamina and has a longer climb up the back straight and a longer climb up the famous Cheltenham Hill to the finish.

Cross-County Course:

Offers a unique steeplechase course around the center of the main Cheltenham course, incorporating natural fences, banks, ditches and rails. Races are held on the course in November, December and at The Festival in March. Due to the nature of the course it has been known for jockey's to take a wrong turn and it takes a special type of horse to win a race on the track.

The Cheltenham Festival

Tuesday Wednesday
  • Novices' Hurdle - Grade 1 National Hunt event for 4 year old and above novice hurdlers, run over 2 miles 5 furlongs
  • RSA Chase - Grade 1 race for 5 year old and above novice chasers, run over 3 miles 110 yards
  • Coral Cup - Grade 3 handicap hurdle for horses aged 5 years old and upwards, run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase - Grade 1 National Hunt chase for 5 year old and above horses, run over 2 miles
  • Cross Country Handicap Chase - Handicap race run on a cross country course over 3 miles 7 furlongs, jumping a combination of natural and man made obstacles, which include hedges, ditches, banks, water obstacles and timber rails
  • Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle - Class 1 listed National Hunt handicap race, for novice hurdlers, run over 2 miles 110 yards
  • Weatherbys Champion Bumper - Grade 1 National Hunt flat race for 4 to 6 year old horses, run over 2 miles 110 yards
Thursday Friday

Going Racing at Cheltenham

Car

The course is a mile from Cheltenham town centre. Take the A40 or M5 to Cheltenham and follow the AA signs to the course. They operate a colour coded parking scheme, so that your parking zone will match your label and preferred route. Occasionally, the route you are directed will not be the shortest route, in terms of distance. However, it will allow you to approach the racecourse, enter and park in the correct zone in the fastest time possible. See the Cheltenham web site for further details of the scheme.

Train

Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take about two hours. Trains from Birmingham generally run every half an hour and take about 35 minutes. From Bristol, trains leave every hour and take about 35 minutes. It is a 10 minute taxi ride from the station or a bus service runs direct to the racecourse.