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Where is Cheltenham Racecourse?
Cheltenham Racecourse is in Prestbury Park just 2km north of Cheltenham town centre. From London it is reached via the M40 and A40 followed by the A435. It is close to J10 of the M5.
There are numerous shuttle buses from Cheltenham Spa rail station and the town centre to Cheltenham Races.
What is Cheltenham Racecourse Famous For?
Flat racing was first staged in Cheltenham in 1815 but opposition to “the evils of horseracing” led by the town's parish priest saw it relocated to Prestbury Park in 1831. Steeplechasing was established in nearby Andoversford in 1834 and moved to the current venue in 1898.
Cheltenham is now the home of National Hunt racing and hosts high-quality action all winter.
Cheltenham Racecourse Track Specifics
Cheltenham is a left-handed undulating track with stiff fences and a famous uphill finish. It is one and a half miles (2400m) long with the Cotswolds providing a stunning backdrop.
There are actually two courses, the Old and the New, used in rotation during the year. The Old Course is quicker while the New Course places greater demands on stamina.
Biggest Meeting's at Cheltenham Racecourse
The four-day Cheltenham Festival, or Cheltenham Races, is the undisputed highlight of the jumps season. It attracts the best horses from the UK and Ireland with numerous visitors from the latter providing the unique Festival atmosphere.
All four days are filled with quality - the Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase headline the Tuesday and Wednesday respectively while the Stayers Hurdle and Ryanair Chase share top billing on the Thursday. Friday is the big finale including the greatest prize in steeplechasing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Visit the official Cheltenahm Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!