The famous roar as the tapes rise for the first race on Tuesday signals the moment when the 12 month wait is over and racing’s favourite fixture is back.
The first day of The Festival features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, won in 2016 by the wonder mare Annie Power.
She scored in a course record time of 3m 45.10s, eclipsing the previous record of 3m 45.25s set by Jezki in 2014 and became the first mare since Flakey Dove in 1994 to win the Champion Hurdle and only the fourth in the race’s history.
The crowd on the first day of The Festival was 67,770, up 4,521 on the 2015 figure.
Champion Day in 2017 is on Tuesday 14th March and tickets are on sale now. Early bird price increase at midnight on Sunday 12th March 2017, don’t miss out!
For The Open Saturday and over the four days of The Festival, Cheltenham operates three separate enclosures – Club, Tattersalls and Best Mate. Detailed below are the facilities that are available in the three different enclosures.
Views opposite the finishing line
Access to food outlets
Access to bars
Access to disabled facilities
Side view of the final furlong
Side view of the final fence/furlong
Covered grandstand seating
View of the pre parade paddock, paddock and winner’s enclosure
Access to the tented village
Access to Guinness village (festival only)
Access to themes and childrens’ entertainment
Access to Final Flight Bar
Access to Quevega’s (tapas and wine bar)
Dress code – see website for details
Access to restaurants
Access to the centre of the racecourse
Access to Vesty Bar in The Princess Royal Stand
Access to Big Buck’s Champagne Bar in The Princess Royal Stand
Access to steps on the front of The Princess Royal Stand