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Cheltenham Festival

St Patrick's Thursday

Thursday 14 March 2024

Irish passion raises the rafters and the battle for the Prestbury Cup heightens.

Where Irish passion for the sport and the Cheltenham Festival raises the rafters and the craic is mighty. The Cheltenham Festival is a second home to the Irish and St Patrick’s Thursday reflects this both on and off the track. Featuring The Ryanair Chase and Paddy Power Stayer’s Hurdle, where endurance and stamina reign. It’s the tough versus the tough and provides the most thrilling battles.

For celebrations like no other and racing to match


Envoi Allen gave Henry de Bromhead his second victory of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase. No one thought anything could come close to Honeysuckle’s win earlier in the week for the de Bromhead family, but seeing Envoi Allen back in the sacred Cheltenham Winners’ Enclosure provided another emotional and exceptional moment at the Cheltenham Festival for racing fans.

The Grade 1 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle went to the ever tough and ever consistent Sire Du Berlais for the Cheltenham Festival’s most successful of owner all time JP McManus. Trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Mark Walsh, Sire Du Berlais, who comes to life in the Spring, put up a gutsy performance to win by 3/4 ‘s of a length to the Jeremy Scott trained Dashel Drasher.

Make sure you are there to see if the Irish will dominate the feature races again on St Patrick’s Thursday?


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The Preview Evening



It's a night not to be missed!

Join us in The Centaur on Sunday 10 March 2024 from 6pm for The Official Cheltenham Preview Evening as we look forward to what is expected to be an exhilarating 4 days of jump racing, including the 100th year of the Cheltenham Boodles Gold Cup.

With ITV Racing's Oli Bell hosting and stellar line up, the winning-most Cheltenham Festival jockey Ruby Walsh, legendary Barry Geraghty and ITV Racing pundit Megan Nicholls on the panel.

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Travel & Parking

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Live Entertainment

There will be live entertainment before, during and after racing in all three enclosures across all four days of the Cheltenham Festival.

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Cheltenham Festival Style

Although there isn't an official dress code for The Cheltenham Festival, smart is preferable and often adopted. We advise you to check the forecast and dress accordingly to make your day with us as extraordinary as possible.

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The Shopping Village

The shopping experience at The Cheltenham Festival offers an ideal shopping opportunity with plenty of shops ready to sell a diverse range of goods with something to suit every taste and budget.

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Our postcode is GL50 4SH for use with GPS equipment. However on a raceday customers are strongly advised to follow the yellow, temporary signs when entering Cheltenham and the local area and not the brown permanent signs.


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Please note that these times are subject to change.

There is no set dress code for Cheltenham Festival but we ask customers to dress for the weather, take some inspiration from our Style Guide on our dress code page.


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