Cotswolds jockey Sam Twiston-Davies reached 1,000 career winners with a quickfire double for trainer Dr Richard Newland at Southwell this afternoon.
With notable successes on The New One, Baby Run and Hello Bud, his biggest win was at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival aboard Dodging Bullets in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Cheltenham Racecourse have increased their 18-24 Annual Membership to 28 years old.
This will now become Club 18-28 and offers 16 days of incredible racing at Cheltenham including The Festival™.
The price of the membership is just £215.
Cheltenham Membership also entitles you to a number of reciprocal fixtures at other courses based all over the country. These can be attended free of charge.
To purchase your 18 - 28 Membership, please call 01242 537 662 or visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/membership-and-offers/annual/club-18-28-annual-membership
Cheltenham Racecourse has officially been declared the greatest racecourse in the world by the Racing Post, the UK and Ireland’s dedicated racing media outlet.
Taking in competition from racecourses across the world, the Home of Jump racing was announced in the number one position recently – something which the racecourse are of course hugely proud of.
Racing Post editor Tom Kerr said: "When we were compiling the list for our Greatest Racecourse series we spent hours debating the merits of different tracks around the globe, considering their atmosphere, history, facilities, quality of racing and overall wow-factor.
"However while we had some mighty disagreements over the order one thing was consistent from day one: we all agreed Cheltenham was going to take the top spot. It is a legendary racecourse in an incomparably beautiful setting, is the home of utterly thrilling racing and has seen some of the most epic showdowns in sporting history.
"Cheltenham has become a must-visit racecourse not just for racing fans, but for anyone with even a passing interest in sport."
Ian Renton, Regional Director of the south west region of The Jockey Club added, “We were delighted when it was announced that the Racing Post had nominated Cheltenham as the Greatest Racecourse in the World. With eight different countries represented in the top ten nominated racecourses, the list is truly representative of all the great racecourses around the world and we are very pleased and greatly honoured to be chosen to top this list.”
The racecourse hosts 16 racedays a year, including The Festival™, presented by Magners, which takes place in March each year and attracts over 260,000 racegoers. A survey undertaken by the University of Gloucestershire found that over those four days over £100million was spent in the Gloucestershire economy.
Yes we know the 2019 Festival only took place last week but you can secure your tickets for next year already.
Tickets for The Festival™ presented by Magners are available from just £27 during the Magners Priority booking period until 10:59am on Friday 5th July 2019.
The Festival™ takes place at Cheltenham racecourse from Tuesday 10th March - Friday 13th March 2020.
43 horses have been entered for the 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, including three previous winners; Native River, Sizing John and Coneygree.
Blaklion and Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies), Minella Rocco (Jonjo O'Neill) and Double Shuffle (Tom George) all offer local interest.
MAGNERS CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP ENTRIES
AL BOUM PHOTO
BALKO DES FLOS
BRISTOL DE MAI
CLAN DES OBEAUX
GIVE ME A COPPER
ROAD TO RESPECT
TOUT EST PERMIS
After taking 3 years to perfect, Cheltenham Gin is a wonderful new cloudy gin inspired by Cheltenham Racecourse.
Each bottle of Cheltenham Gin contains a unique blend of botanicals, including fresh zest from Spanish oranges and limes and benefits from a double distillation process to create a gin with a very refined, smooth and elegant palate.
The wonderful fresh, clean start continues to deeper spices on the mid-palate, adding length and complexity.
The wait is over! The Home of Jump racing, Cheltenham Racecourse, kicks off the 2018/2019 season this October with its traditional Showcase fixture commencing procedures. The two day meeting takes place on Friday 26th October and Saturday 27th October, 2018.
The Festival will take place between Tuesday 12th March - Friday 15th March 2019.
A full list of the 2018/2019 season fixtures can be found below;
Friday, 26 October 2018
Saturday, 27 October 2018
THE NOVEMBER MEETING
Friday, 16 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Friday, 14 December 2018
Saturday, 15 December 2018
NEW YEAR’S DAY
Tuesday, 1 January 2019
FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY
Saturday, 26 January 2019
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Friday, 15 March 2019
THE APRIL MEETING
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Thursday, 18 April 2019
RACENIGHT, FEATURING HUNTER CHASE RACING
Friday 3 May 2019
With just 10 days to go before the Cheltenham Festival begins, the racecourse is covered in a blanket of snow with some drifts sitting deep up against the hurdles and fences.
These images were shared on twitter earlier today by @itvracing.
The ground team have been out doing a great job removing the snow. Here's hoping for a quick thaw and some dry weather!
We have tipped one horse in each race over the four days of the Cheltenham Festival. We probably wouldn't recommend putting your life savings on these but what harm would a couple of pounds on each do?
DAY 1 - TUESDAY 14TH MARCH
1.30 Supreme Novices' Hurdle BALLYANDY
2.10 Arkle ALTIOR
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase HOLYWELL
3.30 Champion Hurdle BUVEUR DAIR
4.10 Mares' Hurdle APPLES JADE
4.50 Nation Hunt Chase CHAMPERS ON ICE
5.30 Novices' Handicap Chase BROTHER TEDD e/w
DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH
1.30 Neptune AUGUSTA KATE e/w
2.10 RSA Novices' Chase WHISPER
2.50 Coral Cup PERIGRINE RUN e/w
3.30 Queen Mother Champion Chase DOUVAN
4.10 Cross Country URGENT DE GREGAINE
4.50 Fred Winter DINO VELVET
5.30 Champion Bumper SOMEDAY
DAY 3 - THURSDAY 16TH MARCH
1.30 JLT Novices’ Chase YORKHILL
2.10 Pertemps Network Final TOBEFAIR
2.50 Ryanair Chase UXIZANDRE
3.30 Stayers Hurdle UKNOWWHATIMEANHARRY
4.10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate ROAD TO RESPECT
4.50 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle BARRA e/w
5.30 Kim Muir ANOTHER HERO e/w
DAY 4 - FRIDAY 17TH MARCH
1.30 Triumph Hurdle MASTER BLUEYES e/w
2.10 County Handicap Hurdle ARTIC FIRE e/w
2.50 Albert Bartlett WHOLESTONE
3.30 Gold Cup MORE OF THAT
4.10 Foxhunter Chase WONDERFUL CHARM
4.50 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle BRIO CONTI
5.30 Grand Annual EASTLAKE e/w
Are you coming to the Cheltenham Festival and struggling on what to wear? Whatever you do, leave your shiny suit in the wardrobe and let me help you..
There is NO dress-code at Cheltenham although smart is recommended and you won't get turned away if you do choose to rock up in jeans, trainers and a hoody.. You will however look a bit of a dick.
It is very rare that you see anyone dressed like this at Cheltenham, but what isn't rare, are the amount of shiny suits! Why would you wear one of these? Or own one for that matter? Are you going to work? Or perhaps even court? No. You are coming to the Cotswolds countryside to enjoy the Sport of Kings. Can you imagine royalty of past and present donning a shiny suit at Cheltenham? No, neither can I!
Now let's get something straight.. This isn't about snobbery, class, money or even fitting in. This is purely about style.
We are not saying that you shouldn't wear a suit. Look how dapper Eddie Redmayne looks when attending the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in a grey tweed suit, navy coat and brown shoes. It ticks many boxes. Smart. Stylish. Country and simple.
Are you one of these people who are "frightened" of tweed? I know some of you who mock people who wear tweed. "You look like the Toad of Toad Hall".. Well it is much better than looking like you are just about to go up in from of a magistrate.
You don't have to go "full tweed". A nice jacket, shirt (and jumper depending on the elements), with some nice chinos and brown shoes is a great look and one that I will be wearing on one of the days.
Again, this isn't about money ad you can pick up a decent tweed jacket for around £60 if you shop around but why not treat yourself to one that you can wear for years to come?
Obviously the weather has a part to play in what you choose to wear although, with all the money spent at Cheltenham Rcecourse in the last 5 years, you have an abundance of places to shelter from the elements. If it does happen to rain, buy yourself a tweed coat or waxed jacket, a nice umbrella or perhaps even a trilby.. We would probably avoid wearing anything on the head unless it was a trilby or a nice tweed cap. The shopping is superb at The Festival and is well worth a visit.
I've scoured pinterest for some pointers.. Stick to greens, browns and blues. If you want to add some colour this should be with the jumper or perhaps some lighter colour trousers.