The Race is On! Cheltenham Festival 2015 Dates and Schedule

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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
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!

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