Cheltenham Festival 2019

by Punter's Hero on November 20, 2018

in Horse Racing

Cheltenham Festival

At the start of any new year, it’s often the case that horse racing fans find themselves at a loss due to the lack of big events happening. Although there are still plenty of smaller horse meets in the early months of the year across the country to attend, fans looking for the first major event of the year will have to wait for March, when the world-famous Cheltenham Festival rolls around!

When

This 4-Day event kicks off in the second week of March 2019 from the 12-15th. It starts on a Tuesday and runs on until the Friday, with different events happening every day, with the most prestigious race happening on the final day. The racing runs every day from 13:30-17:30 GMT.

Whats Happening?

Day 1 | Champions Day

The first day of the festival is Champions Day, which is for many hurdle fans across the globe, their most-beloved event of the season.

Famous for the “Cheltenham Roar”, which emerges from the crowd, when the first race of the day begins, it’s an atmosphere unmatched in the racing calendar.

Last year, Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air take the honours of the main event of the day, The Unibet Champion Hurdle. It was the first time the title has been reclaimed in more than 10 years, will there be more history made this year?

Day 2 | Ladies Day

Combine a day of racing with a touch of class on your second day of the festival when it’s time for female horse race fans to don their best silks for Ladies Day. A very exciting day of horse racing and some very interesting hats are guaranteed!

The main event of the day is The Queen’s Mother Champion Chase, which was also taken home by Nicky Henderson last year with the horse, Altior.

Day 3 | St Patrick’s Thursday

Thursday is the day for you if you love Irish culture as much as you do racing!

Always guaranteed to bring a day of great vibes, the third day of the festival celebrates all things Irish, with traditional Irish music being played by the bands on site, and Cheltenham Racecourse’s Guinness Village in full swing.

2018 saw a very successful festival for the Irish riders on St Patrick’s Thursday, so they’ll be looking to do their nation proud again this year!

Day 4 | Gold Cup Day

The biggest and most important day of the festival comes on Friday, when everyone competes for some of the most sought-after titles in the racing world, most notably, the prestigious Gold Cup.

Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and of course, their horses, will be hungry for wins. And with the stakes at the highest of the week, a high-octane day of racing is guaranteed.

The whole day will be a fantastic celebration of horse racing excellence, with the festivities and celebrations rolling on into the evening, with more live music and plenty of food and drink stalls. As such, it’s a good thing that the following day is a Saturday, so that everyone can recuperate!

Last year the Gold Cup was taken home by Native River, who was ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard.

What Else?

As well as the four days of thrilling races, there will be other events and services occurring throughout the week, such as:

  • Food & Drink from Four Enclosures
  • 15 Restaurants
  • Music from Live Bands
  • A Shopping Village made up of over 70 Stalls

History of Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival was founded back in 1860, by the National Hunt Chase. Originally, it was titled The Grand National Hunt Meeting and held in several locations. However, since 1911, it’s been located permanently in Cheltenham.

Today it’s recognised as one of the biggest festivals in the racing calendar, with millions of pounds bet throughout the festival and the prize money up for grabs only topped by one other meet in the UK, The Grand National.

The Cheltenham Festival is famous for its glorious atmosphere, most notably, the “Cheltenham Roar”, which can be experienced on the first race of the first day of the festival.


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