The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have announced that a 2½ Mare's Chase will be introduced to the Cheltenham Festival from 2021.
There are currently two mares-only hurdle races run over hurdles at The Festival, Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle and Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, but nothing over fences. The race will replace one of the existing 28 races.
There is also changes taking place to the National Hunt Chase. The Grade 2 four-mile race will now be 2 furlongs shorter and have less obstacles, 23 from 25. It will remain an amateur race but will now include a minimun number of rides and winners for the jockey, and starts for the horse under rules.
The Festival™ takes place from 10th - 13th March 2020. Watch finest horses, jockeys, owners, and trainers to battle it out for the highest racing honours, their reputations and over £4.5 million of prize money.
FULL CHANGES AT THE FESTIVAL
Before we know it, the National Hunt season will be upon us again.
It all kicks off at Cheltenham with The Showcase meeting on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October 2019.
The exciting two-day meeting sees a host of new racing recruits join the ranks - from trainers and jockeys to future equine stars and sets the tone for what's to come, leading all the way to The Festival presented by Magners in March 2020.
Here are all the fixtures at Cheltenham Racecourse for the 2019/20 season.
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th October 2019
THE NOVEMBER MEETING
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th November 2019
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December 2019
NEW YEAR'S DAY
Wednesday 1st January 2020
FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY
Saturday 25th January 2020
THE FESTIVAL™ PRESENTED BY MAGNERS
Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th March 2020
Book your tickets before 2nd December at 10:59am for the best price
THE APRIL MEETING
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th April 2020
RACE NIGHT FEATURING HUNTER CHASE RACING
Friday 1st May 2020
For tickets and further information about each meeting, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham
The Festival™ presented by Magners is a world class event here in the Cotswolds.
Today, Cheltenham Racecourse released their new hospitality brochure for The Festival™ 2020 which takes you inside their restaurants and private boxes for a 3D tour.
From panoramic views to unrivalled dining experiences, Cheltenham offers everything you need to celebrate a special occasion or entertain guests and clients.
Click HERE to view the brochure
OUR GUIDE TO THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF
We are delighted to launch The Roar, the ultimate guide to racing at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Are you planning on heading to the Cheltenham Festival in 2020? You have until 10.59am on Friday 5th July to get the lowest prices on tickets.
The Festival™ presented by Magners was full of emotion, stories and incredible racing in 2019 with memorable wins for Frodon, Paisley Park and Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo.
Visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-festival for all tickets and information.
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
Cheltenham Racecourse welcomes back National Hunt Racing for the 2018/19 this October and what better way to celebrate than with a gin cocktail named after Gold Cup winner Native River from the wonderful Cheltenham Gin.
Here's the recipe;
25ml Cheltenham gin
Top with Spiced Orange Ginger Ale
Orange Segment to Garnish
Rosemary to Garnish
Click HERE for all the Cheltenham Racecourse fixtures
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
It was a huge Saturday for Cotswold racehorse trainers today as nine races were won across the cards at Ascot, Haydock and Huntingdon winning a total of £252,772 in prize money!
Nigel Twiston-Davies kept up his incredible form winning the valuable Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock with Bristol De Mai by a monstrous 57 lengths over his nearest rival Cue Card under Daryl Jacob. This was the yard's second winner of the day after Count Meribel won the opener at Ascot.
Slad based Tom George also notched up a valuable double as 16/1 shot Sir Valentino won the Shawbrook Handicap Chase at Ascot after an earlier success with Clondaw Castle at Huntingdon.
There was also a double for Clapton on the Hill based Ben Pauling at Haydock and Ascot with Delire D'Estruval and Nestor Park both enjoying close victories.
Fergal O'Brien, who shares the Grange Hill Gallops with Nigel Twiston-Davies, continued his good form as Chase The Spud completed a neat round of jumping on heavy ground Betfair Handicap Chase at Haydock under Paddy Brennan.
There were further victories for Jonjo O'Neill and Kim Bailey at Huntingdon with Compadre and Silver Kayfe both edging victories under Killian Moore and Mike Hamill respectively.