The Showcase marks the start of the jump racing season at the Home of the sport, Cheltenham Racecourse. Over two days, spectators will get to see action-packed races as the thoroughbreds race across the newly minted track.
Always seen as a celebration, the opening day of the meet is a welcome return to the sport with the track untested since May, and many are excited about the start of the ‘Road to Cheltenham’ that this meet represents.
Day One, or Showcase Friday, offers seven exciting races, with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle opening proceedings before the signature race of the day, the Matchbook Most Trusted Betting Exchange Novices’ Steeple Chase, which sorts the wheat from the chaff.
Day Two sees another fantastic seven races, all are standard hurdles and chases, including the signature race, the Randox Health Handicap Steeple Chase, except for the closing race, the Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
The meet is seen by the industry as a good indicator of the season moving forward, picking out the up and coming horses, jockeys, and everyone else involved, to gain an insight into the months to follow.
Hospitality Packages Available: 4
Budget: £155 to £305
The Panoramic Restaurant boasts an outstanding scenic view of the Cotswolds and racing action from its fifth-floor position opposite the finishing post.
The National Hunt Room is only available for selected race days each season and is a treat for guests looking for excellent views from the comfort of a restaurant setting.
A Private Box at The International is a great hospitality option, allowing you to host important clients or friends and family in a comfortable setting with great views from the private balcony.
Officially there is no dress code at Cheltenham, the course recommends dressing for the weather. However, in hospitality areas, gentlemen usually wear a suit or similar, and many ladies choose to wear county-style hats.
The racecourse postcode is GL50 4SH for use with GPS equipment. However, on a race day, customers are strongly advised to follow temporary signs when entering Cheltenham and the local area and not the brown permanent signs.
Traditionally seen as the start of the National Hunt season The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, run over three days in mid-November this friendly alternative to The Festival™ is one of the most exciting events of the Autumn.
The International is a great pre-Christmas meeting held over two days in December that is perfect for entertaining. A favourite for Christmas parties and a wonderful opportunity to pick up some beautiful Christmas gifts.
The most extraordinary jump racing event of the year is undoubtedly The Festival™ presented by Magners, four days of edge of your seat entertainment, with reputations at stake and over £4.5 million of prize money to be won.