One of racing’s most important event is nearly upon us! The Cheltenham Festival 2015, an extravaganza where professional jockeys and racing enthusiasts meet, mingle, and enjoy their favorite sport is set to return from March 10 to March 13.
Cheltenham Festival 2015
There’s nothing like the excitement of being back on the tracks, rooting for your favorite to win while taking in the enthusiastic atmosphere built by people with similar interests. If you don’t yet have plans over St. Patrick’s Day, or even if you do, spend it enjoying a sport where the English and the Irish go head to head in friendly competition.
Here’s the full Cheltenham Festival 2015 schedule:
DAY # 1: CHAMPION DAY
March 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
featuring the 2015 Champion Hurdle
1:30 PM Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2m 1/2f
2:05 PM Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase 2m
2:40 PM Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase 3m 1/2f
3:20 PM Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m 1/2f
4:00 PM Mares’ Hurdle for the David Nicholson Trophy 2m 4f
4:40 PM National Hunt Chase 4m
5:15 PM Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m 4 1/2f
DAY # 2: LADIES’ DAY
March 11, 2015 (Wednesday)
featuring the 2015 Queen Mother Champion Chase
1:30 PM Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle 2m 5f
2:05 PM RSA Steeple Chase 3m 1/2f
2:40 PM Coral Cup 2m 5f
3:20 PM Bet Victor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase 2m
4:00 PM Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase 3m 7f
4:40 PM Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2m 1/2f
5:15 PM Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) 2m 1/2f
DAY # 3: ST. PATRICK’S DAY
March 12, 2015 (Thursday)
featuring the 2015 Ladbrokes World Hurdle
1:30 PM JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m 5f
2:05 PM Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle 3m
2:40 PM Ryanair Chase 2m 5f
3:20 PM Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m
4:00 PM Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5f
4:40 PM Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 3m 1 1/2f
Handicap Steeple Chase
5:15 PM St. Patrick’s Derby Charity Race 1m 5f
DAY # 4: CHELTENHAM Festival 2015 GOLD CUP DAY
March 13, 2015 (Friday)
featuring the 2015 Gold Cup
1:30 PM JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f
2:05 PM Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
2:40 PM Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m
3:20 PM Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f
4:00 PM Foxhunter Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f
4:40 PM Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4 1/2f
5:15 PM Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase 2m 1/2f
Four days of packed events that are sure to satiate the avid racegoer in you!
Whichever event you decide to check out, make sure you don’t miss the day’s highlights: Champion Hurdle (Tuesday), Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday), World Hurdle (Thursday) and finally, the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. These races will surely be the talks of the town come Monday morning!
There are plenty of seats to choose from, each with their own advantages depending on the kind of experience you want to have. For serious betters who can afford the splurge, book private boxes for the whole festival! There are also restaurant packages offered at great values for the whole family.
If you just want to have a great time and a pint of Guinness, the Guinness Grandstand is more than enough. You can get the best view from start to finish from the Best Mate Enclosure. If you want a varied ambiance of bars, buffets, and betting halls, choose the Tatterstalls Enclosure. If you enjoy an exclusive ambiance with all the best the festival has to offer, definitely book at the Club Enclosure.
Block off these dates, book your tickets, and await one of the biggest racing festivals of 2015! Join over 200,000 local and international race fans! That’s right, it’s not just a festival for the English and the Irish! It’s a global festivity, where an estimated 500 million pounds may be gambled all in good fun.
For seasoned racegoers, expect the adventure you’ve come to associate with the Cheltenham Festival. For first-timers, just have fun and enjoy! While the festivities can at times get unpredictable, one thing’s for certain: it will be an unforgettable week!