Whether you follow horse racing or not, there is a strong chance that you have already heard of the vastly popular National Hunt racing event that is known as Cheltenham Festival. This iconic horse racing festival takes place annually in March (10th-13th) at the Cheltenham Racecourse
in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Cheltenham Festival is one of the most bet on events that takes place in the United Kingdom, with millions of pounds being gambled over the course of
the four-day event.
Early Spring is a great time of the year for horse racing fans since just a month after Cheltenham Festival arguably the biggest single horse racing event takes place, the Grand National. The Grand National and Cheltenham Festival are by far the two most revered horse racing events held in the United Kingdom.
Due to the date that the Cheltenham Festival takes place, it is often very popular amongst Irish visitors, as it falls very close to Saint Patrick’s Day
and the third day of the festival is usually dedicated to this public celebration.
Cheltenham Festival features around 28 races in total which are held over four days, so there is plenty of action from dawn to afternoon to keep you entertained. Out of these 28 races, there are several Grade 1 jump races that attract most of the attention from the vast amount of fans and punters watching the event. These include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle.
Being the most revered event of the entire festival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place on the final fourth day for the ultimate finale. This race alone attracts over 70,000 racegoers who are all watching from the stands experiencing the full brunt of the ‘Cheltenham Roar’. Every day of the
festival gates will open at 10:30am to allow racegoers chance to settle in and see what is on offer. The first race will then take place at 1:30pm and then the last race of the day at 5:30pm.
For more information visit cheltenhamfestival.net