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Set in a natural amphitheatre and ringed by the edge of the Cotwolds, Jockey Club-run Prestbury Park is the home of national hunt racing in the UK and attracts the best the sport has to offer. Every meeting, from October to May, is well attended with the Paddy Power Gold Cup meeting (in November) and the Cheltenham Festival in March always hugely popular, especially with Irish punters. There is an Old course and a New course at Cheltenham. Both are left-handed and undulating with a downhill run to straight, where the pace usually quickens, and a stiff climb to the finishing line from the final turn which finds out the weak-hearted and those lacking in the stamina to dominate in the Cheltenham race results. The cross-country track, which winds its way around the inside of the two courses, is a relatively recent addition and has supporters and critics in equal measures but it certainly adds excitement and spectacle to meetings throughout the season. The stiff fences have also attracted controversy in the past but have been modified in recent years.
It is impossible to list all of the major races staged on the track. The Festival, for example, features Grade 1 contests on each of its four days (among them the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup) as well as Grade 2 and Grade 3 events and Listed handicaps. Each race is a championship in its own right. The Paddy Power Gold Cup is the first big handicap of the national hunt season and is usually won by an up-and-coming chaser, more often that not a six or seven-year-old that showed up well in the top novice events the season before. Trials day at the end of January sees some of the Festival hopefuls having a final prep race.
Nicky Henderson’s hurdlers are always worth following and Philip Hobbs’ bumper horses have a fine record, as do, Ian Williams’ chasers. Irish trainers will lay out a horse for a race at Cheltenham months in advance and Henry De Bromhead has proved especially successful. Gordon Elliott’s chasers also do well but you can always check current Cheltenham race results to see who has been winning more recently.
The racecourse is on the A435 Evesham Road, just north of Cheltenham and south of Bishop’s Cleeve. Junction 11 is the nearest exit on the M5. A bus link runs to Cheltenham Spa Station before and after racing at every meeting except on the New Year Bank Holiday.
CHELTENHAM RACE RESULTS
Friday 17th March Results
Thursday 16th March Results
Wednesday 15th March Results
Tuesday 14th March Results