The Open at Cheltenham Racecourse
With Autumn now firmly here, the thoughts of horse racing fans turn to The Open at Cheltenham Racecourse, Jump racing’s very own theatre of dreams. A major highlight of the British racing calendar, The Open is three days of racing magic from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November. In addition to the wonderful racing, there are 80 trade stands in The Open Shopping Village and a great atmosphere in the grandstands, bars and restaurants.
One of the most popular days of the season, Friday 16th November is Countryside Day with its unique country fair atmosphere and a range of displays and demonstrations covering many equine and other country pursuits.
Saturday 17th November is Paddy Power Gold Cup Day, the day when the new Jump racing season really gets into top gear. The Paddy Power Gold Cup has been run every year since 1960 and in that time most of the sport’s greatest names have won the race. This year’s renewal is shaping up to be a classic, with some of last year’s most exciting young horses set to line up for the big race this year. Open Sunday features another cracking six race card on a day that is hugely popular with families and racing enthusiasts alike. The highlight is The Racing Post Hurdle, which sees the up and coming stars of the hurdling world take centre stage. Open Sunday is also a Family Funday for the first time this year, with a range of free activities for younger racegoers.
There will be a petting farm on all three days of The Open, provided by local TV legend Adam Henson and his Cotswold Farm Park. Gates open at 10.00am on Friday and Saturday and 11.00am on Sunday, with the first race at around 1.10pm on Friday and Sunday and 12.45pm on Saturday. Under 18s are admitted free all three days.
Tel: 0844 579 3003. For more information or to book tickets,
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