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Cheltenham Racecourse

Friday 13 December 2019

Join us on Friday 13th December for our opening day of The International Meeting. 


On Friday at The International in 2018, we celebrated the official Christmas Jumper Day and encouraged racegoers to don their festive jumper. Racegoers had the chance to win on the spot prizes for the most fun and festive jumper and prizes included a pair of tickets to any of the forthcoming race meetings including The Festival™, presented by Magners

It's always a festive Friday at The International as racegoers are treated to the finale of the Crystal Cup. The race concludes a series of unique races across Europe which encapsulates and celebrates the rich heritage of the sport. The 2017 running saw the Gordon Elliott trained Bless The Wings win The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap. Drawing clear by 2 and a half lengths under Davy Russell to beat Cantlow. 


In the feature race of the day, the Grade 3 Unicoin Group Handicap Chase, Robinsfirth was ridden to victory under Robbie Power by 2 lengths. Having led from 3 out it was a fantastic performance from the Colin Tizzard trained horse. 

With the festive season in full swing, it is the perfect time to entertain friends, family or clients. The International Meeting offers far more than just racing with a range of dining and hospitality options. Don't miss out on our bespoke Shopping Village filled with a wide selection of unique retail offerings, Cheltenham provides a huge variety of carefully selected trade stands. Finish your festive shopping with us in the Shopping Village and a variety of stands to get those last minute Christmas gifts. 

Event Schedule

Information correct as of November 2018




Start Times





The British Stallion Studs EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race (CLASS 3)

2m 179yds



The Neville Lumb Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 2)

3m 1f 56yds

Steeple Chase


The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race 0-140 (Class 3)

2m 179yds



The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase (CLASS 3)

2m 4f 127yds

Steeple Chase


The CF Roberts 25 Years of Sponsorship Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1)

3m abt 2f 

Steeple Chase


The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)

3m 6f 37yds

Steeple Chase


The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)

Abt 3m


Raceday Style

As we race largely during the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable, so we would advise you to dress accordingly.


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