Everything we need to know about Cheltenham Festival

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Everything We Know About Cheltenham Festival 2018 So Far

Each and every year, Cheltenham Racecourse hosts The Festival, a jump racing extravaganza that usually attended by world-class horses, jockeys and trainers, as well as celebrities and horse-racing fanatics from around the world.

This year, The Festival will take place between the 13th and 16th of March with the usual event days making up the schedule. That is, Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Thursday and Gold Cup Day will all be taking place as usual. At least, that’s what we assume from the information that is now being released in preparation for the big four-day Festival.

As always, anyone wishing to attend The Festival will have to purchase a ticket very soon in order to get in. Still, we understand that you want to know what to expect before you go ahead and grab those tickets. So, here is everything we know about The Festival 2018 this year:

Champion Day | 13 March 2018 | 10:30

As the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day is a great event that simply cannot be paralleled. Attendees can expect the most important hurdle race of the year, the Unibet Champion Hurdle, as well as the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race and The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Other entertainment will include music from Taylor and the Mason, The Hipcats and The Wickermen.

Ladies Day | 14 March 2018 | 10:30

Ladies, let's not kid ourselves: this is the Cheltenham Races day we’re most looking forward to. Last year, Ladies Day was a sunny affair with Best Dressed Competitions, exciting horse races and entertainment. Hopefully, 2018 will be no different. In fact, it might be even better as there is a new event known as the #ColourMeMarch, where those in the most colourful outfits have the chance to win epic prizes.

St Patrick’s Thursday | 15 March 2018 | 10:30

This annual Irish affair is a fantastic event, with The JLT Novices’ Chase, The Stayers’ Hurdle, The Ryanair Chase and, of course, a lot of Guinness. Plus, while St Patrick’s Thursday is in no doubt a celebration of a traditional Irish holiday, it is arguably the best day for anyone who likes to bet on the races. There are already odds for this day’s main events available at sites like William Hill via this URL, so you know which horse to back closer to the day.

Gold Cup Day | 16 March 2018 | 10:30

Labelled as the climax to the entire Jump racing season, Gold Cup Day is the biggest celebration at The Festival. Not only is this due to the fact it is indeed the last day of The Festival, but also because The Timico Gold Cup takes place on this day, which is always the most exciting race of all. Following the races, victory celebrations will rule the racecourse, and everyone is invited to join in.

Ticket Prices & Packages

As of writing this piece, there are still quite a few tickets left for each of The Festival’s days. That is, unfortunately, except for Guinness Grandstand tickets which are completely sold out for each day. Thankfully there are plenty of other tickets and even restaurant packages available to anyone wishing to attend any of the event days.

Club Enclosure: £80 - £105

Tattersalls Enclosure: £45 - £90

Best Mate Enclosure: £30 - £58

Cheltenham Restaurants Packages: £355 - £815

The prices change depending on which day you want to attend, as well as upon which stand you would like to watch the races from.

That’s all the information that we have right now, but we will attempt to keep you updated. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve managed to get tickets to this amazing event and which day you’re most looking forward to. 

Poppy Watt