Cheltenham Gold Cup
Whether you enjoy sitting in boxes and enjoying the incredible fashion displays or prefer to stand along the railings and feel the pounding of the hooves over the finish line race days are full of excitement and fun. And there’s no better place to experience the thrills and spills than at the iconic Cheltenham Race Course.
With the Cheltenham Festival coming up so soon what better way to enjoy a day out than at the Cheltenham Gold Cup? The festival runs from 13th – 16th March, culminating in this must see steeplechase.
Some facts about the Cheltenham Gold Cup
First ran: 12th March 1924
Next race date: 16th March 2018
Distance: 3 miles 2½ furlongs
Race type: Steeplechase
Famous runners: Arkle, Golden Miller, Kauto Star, Best Mate
Sponsored by: Timico
Horse with most wins: Golden Miller, who won the cup 5 times consecutively from 1932-1936
The Cheltenham Gold Cup was won for the first time in over 40 years by a novice in 2015. Coneygree also had only 3 previous starts over fences.
Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips
The weather for Cheltenham Racecourse for the week is, at this time, predicted to be very cold, with easterly winds. Frosts will also be widespread and severe so we suggest placing bets on horses who tend to be surefooted on harder ground.
What else can you do at Cheltenham Racecourse?
Make the most of your visit to Cheltenham Racecourse with a wander through the pretty grounds spotting bronze statues of some racing legends. Around the enclosures you’ll find statues of Best Mate, Arkle, Golden Miller and more. Walk through the Cheltenham Hall of Fame and take in the Cheltenham Gold Cup winners’ silks or visit the Trophy Room and view the glittering cups before they’re handed to the winners.
An added bonus of the Cheltenham Racecourse is its Guinness Village. Listen to traditional Irish bands and enjoy one of the most celebrated beers in the world. If you fancy more of a dance the Final Flight Bar serves up cocktails, beers, spirits, wines and more. There is also a dancefloor which remains open until 7.30pm.
Food, Drink and Hospitality
There are plenty of food stalls dotted throughout the premises, with something on offer for everyone. Guests can enjoy classic British favourites like fish and chips, hog roasts, hot dogs, doughnuts, sandwiches and tea and coffee from the mobile catering units. Alternatively, most of the bars offer food and the chance for guests to enjoy a sit down meal.
Club members can choose from a huge range of bars and restaurants. Tickets can be purchased for the Final Flight Bar and The Centaur where the closing parties and victory celebrations continue into the evening.
Those wanting to purchase Hospitality at the Cheltenham Gold Cup will find a huge range of options. These include a four course carvery buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a champagne reception, complimentary bar and more.
How to get there
Parking at Cheltenham Racecourse is easy but must be pre-booked. Once you arrive in Cheltenham make sure to follow the temporary signs rather than your map or sat nav system.
Trains run to Cheltenham Spa every hour from London, while you can also get trains from Bristol, Birmingham and other railway stations along these routes. There is a taxi rank across the road from the station and taxis will take around 10 minutes to reach the racecourse.
You can book tickets with National Express to and from the event, from bus stations around the country.
Where to stay?
After a day at the races there’s nothing like a relaxing hotel with comfortable rooms and all the facilities you need for a celebratory (hopefully) evening. Dumbleton Hall Hotel is the perfect place to stay. A stunning 19th century manor house, Dumbleton Hall Hotel offers picturesque private gardens, a library, stylish rooms and even a complimentary breakfast to fuel the day’s many adventures.