Cheltenham Festival 2019: A beginner’s guide

Tipsters Review - 01-Mar-2019

Cheltenham Festival 2019: A beginner’s guide


It’s one of England’s oldest horse racing events and certainly one of the most prestigious on offer, Cheltenham Festival 2019 is less than a month away and punters will be eagerly anticipating picking up a tidy profit over the course of the four day event.

For those of you who are perhaps new to horse racing or quite simply want to find out some more information about the festival, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide that’ll provide all the ins and outs ahead of the 2019 event. Furthermore, you can browse through all the horse racing markets including the ante-post for Cheltenham:


Cheltenham is situated in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, and it’s easy to see why the festival has generated so much interest owing to the beautiful and tranquil setting. It makes for the perfect location for an event of such tradition and prestige, and the whole town turns horse racing crazy in the lead up to the festival.


Prestbury Park plays host to Cheltenham Festival and this year, the course will be split in two. On the Tuesday and Wednesday, all the races will be run on the old course; whereas Thursday and Friday’s action will see the new course being used. Some strong advice for those who are perhaps unclear what this will result in, the old course has a shorter run-in so if punting on the Champion or Queen Mother Champion Chase, pick those who are renowned for speed. The new course has a slightly longer finish so it’s best to identify those who have plenty left in the tank whilst approaching the post.


Travelling to the festival

Racing fans will travel from all over the country to the festival, and Cheltenham is well placed for those travelling by car or train. The M4, M5 and M40 are the surrounding motorways which are obtainable by those travelling from the north or the south. Cheltenham Spa Railway Station is the next best option for fans not looking to drive. The station lies on the Bristol-Birmingham mainline service and there are frequent services from the Midlands and South East.

Standout races

Cheltenham Festival boasts an array of prestigious races but the stand out event is the Gold Cup, run at 15:30 GMT on the Friday. Other noteworthy races include the Arkle Challenge Trophy, Champion Hurdle, RSA Chase, Pertemps Final, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Bumper to name but a few. You can check out the full timetable and listings right here.


Contrary to popular belief, Cheltenham Festival is not as strict on attire as the likes of Royal Ascot or Glorious Goodwood. Granted, the festival is just as prestigious but its agricultural background make it less ‘upper class’ as it were. Traditionally, ladies will wear hats but it’s recommended that you consider the weather with fashion. Men will normally opt for a smart suit but there is no specific dress code per say at Cheltenham. The best advice is to dress as smartly as possible, as you can be refused entry.


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