Cheltenham Festival 2024 Preview

  • Cheltenham Roars on 12th March 2024 for Champion Day
  • Timeless style and outstanding racing on Style Wednesday 
  • Luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Thursday
  • Celebrate the Centenary of the Gold Cup Day
  • Official Cheltenham Festival Hospitality

Every March, the world of horse racing and fashion converges at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival, a four-day event that captivates enthusiasts and spectators alike. With each day boasting its own unique charm and excitement, the Festival offers an unforgettable experience, combining thrilling racing with fabulous fashion and an incredible atmosphere at the racecourse.

Over the course of four days, Cheltenham Racecourse – renowned as ‘The Home Of Jump Racing’ – hosts a total of 28 thrilling races, where skilled jockeys and their trusted mounts compete. Showcasing an impressive array of Grade 1 horses and top-tier jockeys, each race offers a tantalizing prize purse across this famous week of jump racing.

Find out how to secure official Cheltenham Festival hospitality and much more with this Cheltenham Festival 2024 preview.

Champion Day

The iconic Cheltenham roar marks the first day of the Festival, known as Champion Day it features seven races (4 hurdles and 3 chases) and the highlighted race of the day is the UNIBET Champion Hurdle; a Grade 1 event spanning 2 miles.

In a historic moment at the Festival, jump racing fans witnessed the incredible performance of Constitution Hill in the UNIBET Champion Hurdle. Under the guidance of jockey Nico de Boinville and trainer Nicky Henderson, Constitution Hill dominated the race with remarkable agility and speed. This victory marked Henderson’s 9th Champion Hurdle win, spanning nearly four decades from 1985 to 2023.

As the echoes of the Cheltenham roar fade into the crisp March air, anticipation mounts for the following days of the Festival. Champion Day sets the stage for unparalleled excitement and fierce competition, with spectators eagerly awaiting the following days of the Festival. From seasoned veterans to rising stars, each race promises moments of triumph, heartbreak, and unbridled excitement, encapsulating the essence of the Cheltenham Festival’s enduring allure.

Style Wednesday

Style Wednesday is the second day of the Cheltenham Festival that boasts the finest horses and elegance, the highlight is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase in which runners in the Grade 1 event jump over 12 fences over the course of 2 miles. 

Irish talent Energumene has won the last two runnings of the Betway Queen Mother Champion chase and has earned his place alongside greats like Altior and Sprinter Sacre. Could he claim a famous third victory at Cheltenham Festival in 2024?

Recently added for Style Wednesday is the Slow Fashion Awards, providing spectators the opportunity to showcase their personal style with thrifted finds in a chance to win prices of which could include a stunning piece of Boodles Jewellery worth £4,000, making for the perfect race day.

St Patrick's Thursday

St Patrick’s Thursday is the penultimate day of the Cheltenham Festival in which Irish tradition of horse racing comes to Cheltenham Racecourse, including the feature race – The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1). This is a race intended for horses that are 5+ and that are rated in excess of 130 and is run over the intermediate trip of two miles, four and a half furlongs.

Last year, saw the 9 year old Envoi Allen claim victory in the Ryanair Steeple Chance; could trainer Henry De Bromhead get him back in top form for the Cheltenham Festival 2024? It is bound to be a race day filled with phenomenal horse racing and long lasting memories. 

As the 2024 festival approaches, speculation mounts whether trainer Henry De Bromhead can once again work his magic and guide Envoi Allen to peak performance. With the stage set for another day of exhilarating competition and enduring memories, St. Patrick’s Thursday promises to be an unforgettable experience for all who gather to witness the spectacle of world-class horse racing.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Turns 100 In 2024

The inaugural Cheltenham Gold Cup took place in July 1819 and was a Flat race over three miles on Cleeve Hill, overlooking the present racecourse. The winner – Spectre – won a prize of 100 Guineas for his owner. However, it was not until 1924 that the Cheltenham Festival became as it is today, with the winner of that time being Red Splash, who earned connections £685.

Since 1924, Cheltenham Racecourse has hosted countless jump races and racegoers from far and wide. As Cheltenham’s Gold Cup day approaches its centenary, the jockeys and their horses will be keen to make a big impression, especially with the likes of Paul Townend and Galopin Des Champs defending their 2023 crown. Could their trainer Willie Mullins get Galopin Des Champs back in winning shape for 2024? 

From the early days of a flat race to the grandeur it embodies today, the Gold Cup has evolved into a symbol of excellence and prestige in the world of jump racing, as jockeys, horses, owners and trainers aim to etch their names into the history books and join illustrious champions of the past.

Cheltenham Festival Hospitality

Cheltenham Festival hospitality offers a bespoke experience tailored to delight even the most discerning guests. From the exclusive confines of private boxes to the vibrant ambiance of shared hospitality lounges, every aspect is meticulously curated to ensure a memorable occasion.

Nestled at the heart of the Cheltenham Festival’s Official Hospitality Village, the Platinum Suites stand as a pinnacle of corporate hospitality excellence. Positioned just behind the prestigious Long Run Boxes, these suites epitomize luxury and convenience, drawing VIP guests seeking the ultimate race day experience. With unparalleled access to the parade ring and the Club Enclosure viewing, guests can immerse themselves in the excitement mere steps away from the vibrant atmosphere of the Guinness Village. Whether booking shared tables for intimate gatherings or reserving private suites for larger parties, each package offers a meticulously curated array of inclusions.

The allure of the Long Run Balcony Boxes at the Cheltenham Festival transcends mere hospitality; it embodies an exclusive retreat for discerning guests seeking an unparalleled trackside experience. As the pinnacle of corporate entertainment, the Long Run Boxes offer a harmonious blend of culinary indulgence and panoramic vistas, providing an unrivalled vantage point to witness the exhilarating racecourse action. From the final furlong to the winning post, guests are treated to breath-taking views from the private box balconies, creating an atmosphere of unparalleled excitement.

Final official Cheltenham Festival hospitality packages are now on sale – to find out more about the Platinum Suites and Long Run Balcony Boxes, get in touch with our team and secure your places today. 

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