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With a history dating back almost two centuries, Cheltenham has become synonymous with world class National Hunt horse racing, and from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March 2015, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the Gloucestershire spa town for the world-famous spectacle of The Festival 2015.
Encompassing the internationally-renowned Cheltenham Gold Cup, the four-day event will see more than 25 races take place, with almost £600 million being bet on some of the world’s finest race horses as they speed around Cheltenham Racecourse’s Old Course, New Course and Cross Country Steeplechase Course.
Some of the best and bravest horses and jockeys, nervous and excited trainers and owners, and a wide cast of human characters will once again be uniting, determined to have the time of their lives
Organisers said: ‘The Festival is one of those rare events that engages everyone who comes into contact with it, never failing to produce award-winning drama, enjoyment, camaraderie and sporting excellence in a cocktail for which no hangover cure is required. It truly is a life affirming four days.’
Tuesday 10 March 2015
The crowds are sure to roar as the tapes rises for the first race of the week, signalling the moment when racing’s favourite fixture is officially back. Today features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, when Jezki should be back to defend his crown. Plus, there will be six other cracking races too.
The first race on Champion Day 2015 is scheduled for 1.30pm, and the last at 5.15pm.
Wednesday 11 March 2015
While many love Ladies Day for its colourful fashion, glamour and glasses of Champagne, the real action is on the track with a seven-race card including the anticipated BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase. Organisers say the sight of the best two-mile chasers going head-to-head is, for many, a highlight of the entire festival.
The first race on Ladies Day 2015 is scheduled for 1.30pm, and the last at 5.15pm.
Thursday 12 March 2015
Expect a real taste of Ireland in Cheltenham today, as St Patrick’s Day is celebrated a few days early. In-between pints of the black stuff, be sure to check out The Guinness Village and bookmaker jungle, which is home to the fabled million pound wagers. Expect plenty of craic around the course, fancy dress – including fully decked out leprechauns – live music and Irish entertainment all adding to the festival spirit.
The first race on St Patrick’s Thursday 2015 is scheduled for 1.30pm, and the last at 5.15pm.
Friday 13 March 2015
It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, the climax of the entire jump racing season and one which never fails to disappoint as an annual highlight.
In 2014 it was Lord Windermere who crossed the finish line first, pipping the likes of On His Own and The Giant Bolster to the post. Plus, there’s six other gripping races to look forward to on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2015, including two more Grade 1 events and three fiercely competitive handicaps, making this a day that all racing fans cherish.
The first race on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2015 is scheduled for 1.30pm, and the last at 5.15pm.
With plenty of live music, entertainment, dining, shopping and trade stands to enjoy, in addition to the races, whether you’re a seasoned racing fan or a first-timer – The Festival and Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 is not to be missed.
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