Known as the mecca of National Hunt Racing, you can't be a fan of National Hunt without a visit to this grand old lady of racing
Overlooked by Cleeve Hill this course offers a wonderful setting for National Hunt racing. March sees the Great Festival with spectators from all over the globe descending on this magnificent course.
The March festival features the Gold Cup sponsored by Tote and the champion hurdle, both these races attract the best horses and trainers. This festival doesn't stop there they also cater for Novice hurdlers and chasers, 2 mile chasers, long distance hurdlers, hunter - chasers amateur riders. what a great mix.
Cheltenham is in fact two racecourses, in the 1950's a new course was added to the original and now both courses are used.
Both are one and one half mile ovals with special chutes for the start of races run over 2 1/2 miles, 3 1/4 miles and 4 miles.
With some of the toughest gradients of any course including a severe uphill run in after the last of what is quite demanding fences all this combines to make this a course that test both stamina and courage.
One of the greatest horses ever to run at Cheltenham was the legendary Arkle who's statue now stands at the course, another horse that captured the hearts of Cheltenham crowds was Dawn Run this is the only horse to ever win both the Champion Hurdle and the Gold cup she died while attempting to win the French Champion Hurdle for the second time her statue now faces that of Arkle.