Cheltenham Festival 2017 at Cheltenham racecourse
Cheltenham Festival 2017 is an annual event taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. This event is a four-day activity where the best-trained horses from British countries like England and Ireland compete in the horse jump racing.
The annual event takes place in March and usually coincides with the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, which is the feast of the Catholic Saint. This feast day is a holiday in Ireland. In the festival the finest and best horses, jockeys and owners are competing to get the highest racing honours, reputation and of course battling for the pot money which is over 4 million euros.
The four-day festival is divided into four parts
The Champion Day, Ladies Day, Saint Patrick’s Thursday, and the Gold Cup Day. The activity usually starts on a Tuesday and ends on a Friday.
On the first day of the festival features the Stan James Champion Hurdle, considered as the most prestigious hurdle race during the season. The champion hurdle is open for the horse with ageing from four or above. The race is done on the Old Course at the distance of 3,319 meters with eight hurdles to be jumped. Hatton’s Grace, Sir Ken, Persian War, See You Then and Istarbraq are holding the records of the horse with three wins.
Two leading jockeys owned four wins; they are Tim Mollony (with Hatton’s Grace and Sir Ken) and Ruby Walsh (with horses Hurricane Fly, Faugheen, and Annie Power. Peter Easterby and Nicky Henderson hold the Leading Trainer titles that have a record of 5 wins. The leading owner is J.P. McManus, who is the owner of Istabraq, Binocular and Jeski.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase
Also known today as the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase is a feature on the second day of the festival, this day is also called the Ladies Day. The competition is open to horse ageing from 4 or above. The competition is done over the distance of about 3219 meters, and there are 12 fences to be jumped.
The event is initially called the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase; the present title is given during the 80th birthday of the Queen mother who was a successful owner of the national hunt horses.
Badsworth holds the record for the most successful horse (with three wins). The Leading Jockey (5 wins) record belongs to Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty while the leading trainer to Tom Dreaper. George Ansley and Doug Armitage owned the Leading owner record both with three wins. On this day there is also the selection of the Best Dressed ladies.
On the third day, which is on a Thursday, is the celebration of the Saint Patrick’s Day. On this day the Irish music is everywhere to lift the spirits and the actions that are happening. There are two big races during this day which are the SUN Bets Stayer’s Hurdle and the Ryanair Steeple Chase.
Sun Bets Stayer’s Hurdle is also known as the world Hurdle which a run on the New Course at Cheltenham festival 2017 over the distance of 482 meters with 12 hurdles to be jumped in. Recorder holder is Big Buck’s for the Most successful horse, four wins; Ruby Walsh for the Leading Jockey (4 wins); Paul Nicholls for Leading Trainer (4 wins); and Stewart Family for Leading Owner with four wins.
The fourth day of the Festival is the Gold Cup Day
Where in the competition is held on the New Course over the distance of 5331 meters with 22 fences to be jumped? It is the most prestigious chase on Britain that offers more than 500 thousands of euros as the prize for the champion. Gold Miller have the Most Successful horse record with five wins, Pat Taaffe for Leading Jockey (4 wins), Tom Dreaper for Leading Trainer (5 wins) and Dorothy Paget for the leading owner (7 wins), who owns Golden Miller and two other horses.
The Cheltenham festival 2017 racecourse is the home of the legendary jump racing jockeys and horses. Some of these favourites are the Best Mate and Arkle, Dawn Run and Golden Miller, and they say that you wouldn’t want to miss a to have the perfect opportunity with them.
You can also visit the Trophy room
Where the glittering and prestigious trophies in jump racing can be seen before, they are awarded to the champions at the end of the festival. The trophy room is open for all who have Club or Tattersalls ticket, which is located near the Quevaga’s and the Winners Enclosure.
What another must see in the enclosed racecourse is the Hall of Fame that showcase the history of the Cheltenham, the Cheltenham festival 2017 Gold Cup winners list and information. You can also find here fantastic information about racing including the hologram of the racing favourite Desert Orchid. It is also a perfect selfie spot where you can have pictures with the racing trophies from the past. There is also the AP McCoy Wall you can see the signature of the hundreds of racegoers. This wall celebrates the greatness and the achievement of the legendary jockeys.
All ticket holders are also welcome in the Guinness Village where traditional bands are playing which create what they say electric and free-flowing atmosphere. There you can have an amazing experience that is worth remembered and cherish with your friends and family. You can also enjoy the Jockey Club Wi-Fi which provides your data needs during your stay in the racecourse.
Of course your Cheltenham festival 2017 experience won’t be complete if you will not visit the Shopping village.
In shopping village, you can find a wide selection of quality products and gift ideas that suit everyone’s taste. There you can also buy must have souvenirs that will remind you of the great and amazing days and experiences in the Cheltenham festival 2017.
The festival is being criticised for the past years because of the rising injury and fatality numbers. It was recorded in 2006 that 11 horses died during races. In response, the organisers decrease the number of racers.