Few more days to go, and “the shining jewel in jump racing’s crown”, Cheltenham Racecourse, will once again welcome over 200,000 local and international racegoers for the upcoming world-famous event — The Festival.
“The highlight of the Jump season with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up,” as described in Cheltenham’s official website, expect a gripping horse racing with your friends and loved ones that includes the most anticipated, Gold Cup Day.
Cheltenham Races 2015
Set to begin on the 10th of March, here’s what you and the other hundreds of thousands racing fans can expect for Cheltenham Races 2015: The Festival.
The Champion Hurdle, Tuesday 10th March 2015
Seven cracking races are expected to elevate all spectators to a sporting high on the very first day — marking the start of the feast of top class jump racing in Cheltenham. It features the Stan James Champion Hurdle (by 3.20 in the afternoon), won last year by Jezki, who is owned by J.P. McManus and trained by Jessica Harrington. The jockey was the Irish champion, Barry Geraghty.
Since Quevega, the consistent winner of the OLBG Mare’s Hurdle for six years, has retired after her defeat at Punchestown to Jetson, everyone is excited to see who will take her crown. Who’s your bet?
The Ladies Day, Wednesday 11th March 2015
The second day is dedicated to all the women in the crowd, giving them the chance to enjoy the thrilling races while wearing the best outfit for the festival. This has been made more fun and exciting with the recently launched competition, called #ColourMeMatch, wherein awards and prizes will be given including 3 handcrafted leather belts. The prizes for the top three lucky ladies, who will be judged through social media, are yet to be revealed. So ladies, keep yourself posted.
Besides the trending #ColourMeMatch for the ladies, this day is made even more explosive and exhilarating, truly a must-watch, with its awesome 7 races. Of course, this features the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, won by Gary and Jamie Moore (father and son) in 2014.
St Patrick’s Thursday, Thursday 12th March 2015
Expect a day filled with Irish-style festival with plenty of Guinness available and a gritting horserace with the highly anticipated Ryanair Steeple Chase and Ladbrokes World Hurdle. On the last race, the St Patrick’s Derby, a total of 12 jockeys will go around the racecourse to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, a meaningful way to end the day.
The Gold Cup, Friday 13th March 2015
A festival to cherish, Friday is when the best jockeys, owners, and trainers, competes for honor and glory in winning the biggest jump race this year, the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase. Previously, this race was won by Irish steeplechaser, Lord Windermere with prize money worth 550,000 pounds. Significantly, there are other six competitive races to complete the Cheltenham Races 2015: The Festival.
Can’t wait? No worries. Time flies so fast. 2 weeks more and you’ll experience the best jump race ever! Buy your tickets now!
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