The Cheltenham Gold Cup week is our busiest week of the year and we recommend guests book at least 6 to 9 months in advance to avoid disappointment. The 2015 events looks like its going to be another cracking year and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of familiar faces again.
10th March 2015 (10:30 - 18:00)
The first day of The Festival features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Last year saw a strong performance from Jezki, trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, who powered up the hill win by a neck from My Tent Or Yours, also owned by JP McManus.
Six other cracking races and the unique first day atmosphere make this one of the sporting highlights of the year. Included is the newly upgraded Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle, won for the last six years by Quevega, who has now retired. Who will take Quevega’s crown?
11th March 2015 (10:30 - 18:00)
Whether it is an extra feather in your hat, the highest heels in your cupboard or, for the men, their very best tweed, it really is an occasion to savour.
The real action though is on the track, with a fantastic seven race card featuring the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. The sight of the best two mile chasers going head-to-head around the famous Cheltenham course is, for many people, the highlight of The Festival. Last year’s renewal was no exception with an emotional win for father and son team, Gary and Jamie Moore, whose star chaser Sire De Grugy proved victorious.
St Patrick's Thursday
12th March 2015 (10:30 - 18:00)
he 2014 renewal of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle was billed as the chance of Annie Power, the unbeaten mare from Ireland, to beat the boys. She proved herself to be of the highest calibre and was beaten only by More Of That, trained locally by Jonjo O’Neil. Dynaste won the Ryanair Chase earlier in the day for David Pipe.
In addition to the racing, there will be plenty of Irish-style entertainment, as we party in full-on Festival fashion. For the first time, the charity race at the end of the card, the St Patrick’s Derby, will raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund. Twelve riders will be given the opportunity to ride around the famous Cheltenham course, whilst raising money for such a worthwhile charity.
Gold Cup Day
13th March 2015 (10:30 - 18:00)
The 2014 renewal of the race, worth £550,000, was won by Lord Windermere. The horse is trained by Jim Culloty, a familiar name from his time as a jockey, when he rode Best Mate to three Cheltenham Gold Cup victories. As usual, there was a huge roar of the crowd as the horses neared the closing stages of the race, with Lord Windermere winning by just a short head.
Six other magical races, including two more Grade 1 events and three fiercely competitive handicaps, make this a day to cherish.