Top novices among championship acceptors for The Festival

Please click here for the media information pack as a PDF document Brilliant first-season chasers Thistlecrack and Altior feature among the latest acceptors for the six non-novice Grade One championship contests at The Festival following the February 14 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today. Timeform, the Halifax-based ratings and content provider, has Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard) top  of its weight-adjusted ratings on 186 for the feature £575,000 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17, narrowly ahead of last year’s runner-up Djakadam (Willie Mullins IRE, 185 with Timeform)…

Irish fans spend €22 million attending The Festival

  Almost one in three tickets are purchased from Ireland   Monday 13th February 2017 - Horseracing fans visiting from Ireland spent €22.3 million (stg£19.23 million) at The Festival in 2016 spread across travel, accommodation, tickets and entertainment, according to an Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) carried out by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Cheltenham Racecourse. Fans based in Ireland bought 57,375 tickets, or the equivalent of 30% of tickets sold at the prestigious annual event. On average, 14,343 visitors from Ireland attended each day…

Harry Skelton hoping for another Superb Story at The Festival

Please click here to access the media guide in full as a PDF document  Superb Story’s success in last year’s County Hurdle provided jockey Harry Skelton with a maiden victory at The Festival and capped an a career-best season for the 27-year-old. Skelton enjoyed a dream start to his professional career when steering Niche Market to a shock victory in the 2009 Irish Grand National, aged just 19, but, like so many conditional riders, found life difficult after losing his claim and slumped to just…

Best Mate Enclosure sold out on Gold Cup Day

The Best Mate Enclosure, in association with Sun Bets, has sold out on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17, the fourth and final day of The Festival.   Situated on the far side of the racecourse, the Best Mate is one of three enclosures at Cheltenham Racecourse. Tickets for Gold Cup Day can still be purchased for the other two enclosures, Tattersalls and Club.   The after-racing offering at the Final Flight Bar is a sell-out too on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17.   Demand for tickets on the first…

Fantastic championship novices’ hurdles in prospect at The Festival

Please click here to access the media guide in full as a PDF document Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Entries are revealed today for the four championship novices’ hurdles at The Festival – the £125,000 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m, 1.30pm Champion Day, Tuesday, March 14), the £125,000 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f, 1.30pm Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 15), the £125,000 JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f, 1.30pm Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 17) and the £125,000 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (3m, 2.50pm Gold…

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