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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Introduction

Cheltenham Racecourse is located in Gloucestershire near Cheltenham at a park popularly known as Prestbury Park owned by Jokey Club Racecourses. The Cheltenham Festival held in March is the most prestigious meeting is the in this racecourse as it involves a number of Grade 1 races such as World Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle and Champion Hurdle. These races have won the racecourse a lot of fame as they attract large crowds of spectators and are normally screened on Racing UK.

Features

Cheltenham Racecourse is known for National Hunt races. It is made of two courses, New and Old Courses that run side by side. The New Course is fashioned with a tricky downhill and its steeplechase run-in is longer than that of the Old Course. On the New Course, hurdles are slightly peculiar as they are jumped very early in the race. Cross-country steeplechase on this racecourse is done on a course laid inside the main racecourse.

The largest auditoria in the entire South West of England called The Centaur is found here. The auditoria is furnished with multiple use complex seats and has a carrying capacity of 4,000 people standing for a concert or 2,000 sitting for a conference. Since it was opened, it has attracted thousands of events. The racecourse is further houses The Steeplechasing Hall of Fame and was selected to host the annual Green Belt Festival between 1999 and 2013. Wychwood Music Festival is conducted here while The University of Gloucestershire’s graduation ceremonies and summer ball are held here too.

Talks on the possibility of moving the racecourse were conducted between the “The Jockey Club” and Cheltenham Town F.C. in 2008. If they were fruitful, a new stadium that would have a double sided stand would have been constructed. One side of the stadia would have been used for watching the races while the other would be used for watching the horse races. The talks were however abandoned in 2011 on the basis of financial a financial gap that ran in millions. Planners in 2013 unanimously approved a plan to redevelop the racecourse at a cost of £45m.

Notable Races

There are hundreds of races that have been hosted here since the racecourse was opened. Some of the most notable include Fairlawne Handicap Chase a Grade 3 National Hunt Steeplechase race in which horses aged five years or older take part. The race is run a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs. David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle also called The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle is also held here and is open for mares that are for years and older. This race covers 2 miles and 4 furlongs. The Dipper Novices’ Chase and The Finesse Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle are other races that have been held at this racecourse.

Conclusion

Cheltenham Racecourse is notably a unique racecourse in the entire UK based on its diversity of activities. This provides a range of activities that should give one reasons of visiting it every now and then. If you don’t fancy watching races, then you could enjoy a concert in the auditorium. The hospitality services offered here are top notch and will leave you wanting more.