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The Festival™ presented by Magners is almost here...

Press Release 8th March 2019 Cheltenham

Friday, March 8, 2019 - There is now less than a week to go until the tapes go up for the G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, which will be greeted with a huge roar from racegoers as it is the first of 28 superb races during The Festival™ presented by Magners at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Nearly £4.6 million in prize money will be on offer during the greatest four days in Jump Racing, which commences with Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12, when the highlight is the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle.

The G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles takes centre stage on Ladies Day on Wednesday, March 13.

The G1 Ryanair Chase and the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle headline the St Patrick's Thursday card on March 14.

Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 15, is the culmination of The Festival, with the feature £625,000 G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, due off at 3.30pm, always one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the season.

This pre-meeting media information pack contains facts and figures about The Festival, statistics, possible landmarks and news, plus a look at the bonuses connected with races at The Festival.

A full race programme is also included, including exact race distances, plus information about what is happening off the track during The Festival.

Badges and tickets for The Festival™ presented by Magners can still be purchased on-line through

Race replays can be accessed through

There will be a final media pack, gathering all the statistics together, the week after The Festival.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in Prestbury on the northern outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham. The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world's pre-eminent Jump meeting. The Festival™ presented by Magners, which happens in March over four days every year, next takes place from Tuesday, March 12, to Friday, March 15, 2019 inclusive and tickets are on sale. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural arena and offers the highest-quality action throughout the Jump season.

More information is available at and through Twitter (@CheltenhamRaces), Facebook and Instagram (@CheltenhamRaces).

About The Jockey Club

Cheltenham is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Festival™ presented by Magners and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences The Jockey Club offers through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny made goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and today is the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and the charity, Racing Welfare. For more information, visit

If you need any information about racing at Cheltenham, please contact: Sophia Dale, Communications Manager - Jockey Club Racecourses South West 01242 537 683


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