The BetBright Prestbury Cup at The Festival
Celebrating the annual challenge between Great Britain and Ireland for Festival winners
The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse has seen great rivalry between the home team of British-trained runners and those crossing the Irish Sea for many years.
To celebrate this rivalry, the competition between the two countries is officially titled The BetBright Prestbury Cup.
The BetBright Prestbury Cup runs from the first race of the four-day meeting, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, on the Tuesday of The Festival™ until either country has 14 winners or more.
In 2017, for the second year running, there were more Irish-trained winners at The Festival than British-trained, with Ireland taking home the cup on the final day of The Festival.
There are a total of 28 races during The Festival.
The Prestbury Cup, named after the nearest village to Cheltenham Racecourse, will be presented to jockeys and trainers from Ireland or Britain once the winning country is confirmed.
The Cup itself has been sealed with some hallowed Cheltenham turf, so the winning country will be taking a little bit of Cheltenham with them.
Best of luck, or as they say in Ireland, Is fearr de luck!
The Festival 2018 takes place from Tuesday, March 13 until Friday, March 16. For further information or to book tickets, please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0344 579 3003.