The Festival is finally here!

Its finally here, its time for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival….four frenzied days of racing, stories of triumphs, trials and tribulations as The Festival brings together the finest thoroughbreds, the best jump jockeys, leading trainers and of course, the legendary crowds.

You know its Cheltenham when the town is filled with race goers sporting their finest tweeds, Wetherspoons is packed with men sipping Guinness at 9 am, and every other person you meet is Irish.

Most conversations are centred on odds and tips, but this year there will be much talk amongst the racing fraternity of the much-anticipated retirement of the legendary A P McCoy.  It is hard to believe that the 2015 Festival will be the last to be graced by one of the greatest jump jockeys.  Needless to say during his final hours at The Festival he will no doubt be given overwhelming support as he aims to repeat his Gold Cup glory of 2012 when he won on board Synchronised.  

Day by Day at The Festival

Tuesday 10th March

It all starts with Champion Day and no less than seven races taking place.

12 noon, Martin Kelly will run through the race card with a number of top Jockeys and trainers before the 12:30 Parade of racehorses in the Paddock featuring Kauto Star, Denman, Big Buck’s and Comply or Die

The feature race of the day, the Stan James Champion Hurdle will see AP McCoy ride Jezki, the 2014 victor, and aim to go one better than his personal finish last year, when he was runner up on My Tent or Yours!

Wednesday 11th March

Today is Ladies Day and the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase being the feature race.

As they enter the winners enclosure at the end of this 2mile race, all eyes at Ambro Events will be focused on Any Currency as he prepares for the Glenfaclas Cross Country Chase.

Trained locally at Martin Keighley’s yard and owned by the Cash is King syndicate, of which John Ambridge our Managing Director has a vested interest, we apologies now if you phone call isn’t answered from 16h00 as Any Currency starts favourite in the challenging Cross Country Chase.

Thursday 12th March

No doubt the Guinness taps will be flowing as the gates open at 10:30 for St Patrick’s Thursday with the feature race being the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Friday 13th March

Gold Cup Day will be ‘lucky 13’ for the winning owner, trainer and horse!

The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase marks a spectacular climax to The Festival and as always a thrilling finish up those final furlongs is likely to take place.    The final race of the Festival will be the last time McCoy rides at the Festival. The AP McCoy Grand Annual Handicap Chase for the Johnny Henderson Challenge Cup is due off at 17:15 GMT, and no doubt The Festival will finish with a sensational send for the great man himself, the one and only A P.

For those of you able and fortunate to enjoy corporate hospitality at The Festival, it isn’t too late to book your place at the Grand National meeting, Aintree from 9th – 11th April or in fact Royal Ascot, 16th – 20th June.  Call now to check availability and prices, a great day out is guaranteed for all.