The famous Cheltenham roar awaited racegoers on Day one of The Festival™. As the tapes were raised for the opening race, Horsemen and racegoers alike rejoiced as the 12-month wait was over and racing’s favourite fixture was back.
The first day of The Festival™ featured the most important hurdle race of the season, the Unibet Champion Hurdle. This year, Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air took the honours and became the first horse since Hardy Eustace in 2004 and 2005 to retain the title. Champion Day also featured the ever-competitive OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race which was won by Benie Des Dieux and Summerville Boy took the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Day One of The Festival™ was full of nerves and anticipation as the greatest week in racing began, and the famous roar was finally released.
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