Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup 2011
Total Coverage of the Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup
The 2011 Cheltenham Festival — First Races Begin on 15th March
The Cheltenham Festival, a mainstay event in the horse racing season, is fast approaching to the delight of race fans, casual spectators and the athletes themselves.
Cheltenham Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the National Hunt calendar, bringing together top British and Irish jockeys and horses and putting them in competition with one another in one of the only opportunities for international racing in the regular season. The Festival takes place at the same venue each year, hosted at Gloucestershire’s Cheltenham Racecourse, a historic track that has acted as the home of the events sporadically in the 19th century and constantly since the early 20th. Cheltenham is made up of the Old Course, the New Course and the Cross Country Steeplechase Course (depending on event) and all three tracks are characterized by a stunning natural landscape and difficult line-up of fences, hurdles and a gruelling end-of-lap incline.
The prize pool for Cheltenham Festival is enormous for racers, only being slightly less rich than the Grand National. Cheltenham brings out a massive number of punters that look forward to the rich wagering opportunities made available through the wide variety of racing events on offer. The 2010 Cheltenham Festival featured a series first — the Ladies Charity Flat Race. The charity race raised money for Cancer Research UK and was composed entirely of female jockeys.
The 2011 Cheltenham Festival will take place from 15th-18th March, 2011 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.