Champion Day

The famous roar as the tapes rise for the first race on Tuesday signals the moment when the 12 month wait is over and racing’s favourite fixture is back.

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The famous roar as the tapes rise for the first race on Tuesday signals the moment when the 12 month wait is over!

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The famous roar as the tapes rise for the first race on Tuesday signals the moment when the 12 month wait is over and racing’s favourite fixture is back.

The first day of The Festival features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Stan James Champion Hurdle, won in 2016 by the wonder mare Annie Power.

She scored in a course record time of 3m 45.10s, eclipsing the previous record of 3m 45.25s set by Jezki in 2014 and became the first mare since Flakey Dove in 1994 to win the Champion Hurdle and only the fourth in the race’s history.

The crowd on the first day of The Festival was 67,770, up 4,521 on the 2015 figure.

Champion Day in 2017 is on Tuesday 14th March and tickets go on sale on Monday 21st March 2016 at 3pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ticket prices for The Festival™ increase closer to the event. The first price increase occurrs at midnight on Saturday 22nd October, prices increase again at midnight on Sunday 13th November. The next price increase takes place at midnight on Saturday 28th January and will increase again on Sunday 7th March.

Important Ticket Information

Please note that prices include VAT.
Ticket Terms & Conditions

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General Admission
  • Club

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    The Club Enclosure gives you the widest choice of viewing and refreshment options, including access to: wonderful views from our main grandstand viewing steps and lawn; the Paddock and Winners Enclosure viewing steps to study the horses pre and post-race; the centre of the course by the final fence (weather permitting); a wide choice of bars, betting and eating options; all the bookmakers in the betting ring; extensive totepool betting facilities; The Centaur and the Hall of Fame and a number of trade stands.

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    Tattersalls

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    The Tattersalls Enclosure gives you a good choice of viewing and refreshment options, including access to: our Tattersalls grandstand viewing steps; the Paddock and Winners Enclosure viewing steps to study the horses pre and post-race; a wide choice of bars, betting and eating options; all the bookmakers in the betting ring; extensive totepool betting facilities; The Centaur and Hall of Fame and a number of trade stands.

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    Best Mate

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    Directly opposite the main grandstand, the Best Mate Enclosure offers tremendous value with a great view of the racing, from a head on position.

    The modern, bright grandstand, which was built in 2004 , offers a variety of food choices plus extensive betting facilities and bars.

    It does not offer access to the Parade Ring. 

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  • Guinness Grandstand

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    The Guinness Grandstand will be situated in a similar position as always, just beyond the horsewalk overlooking the course to the front and the Guinness Village to the back.

    In 2016 the viewing from the stand will be improved with a wider view provided to those who purchase seats. As always the stand will be in line with the final fence and hurdle.

    Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

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    Guinness View

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    The “Guinness View” package  which offers a shared private facility overlooking the famous Guinness Village, Prime Guinness Grandstand seat, Steak sandwich* and fries meal with Irish Themed cups cakes for dessert!

    Conveniently located overlooking the Guinness Village and  featuring a cash bar, this private facility for “Guinness View” customers only is a perfect base for the day from which you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Village in style.

    Guinness Grandstand Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with only 150 “Guinness View” packages available per day. This includes a Tattersalls ticket.

    *vegetarian alternative available 

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Please note a booking fee applies to all transactions.
Restaurants & Packages
  • Chez Roux at Cheltenham

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Moët champagne reception
    • Canapés
    • Exquisite 4 course menu
    • Afternoon tea
    • Albert Roux recommended wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes champagne)
    • Racing tipster to highlight top runners & riders
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    Champions Walk Restaurant

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Champagne reception
    • Charcuterie selection
    • 4 bowl taster menu
    • Cheese and afternoon tea table
    • Complimentary bar, including house wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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    Horseshoe Pavilion Restaurant

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Champagne reception
    • 4 course á la carte lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Complimentary bar, including house wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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  • The Festival Restaurant

    £360.00 pp

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 4 course á la carte lunch
    • Afternoon tea
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    Gold Cup Restaurant

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Grand Marque Champagne reception
    • Innovative Chef's table lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Complimentary bar including fine wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
    • Racing tipster to highlight top runners and riders
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    Moscow Flyer Restaurant

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • 2 course hot buffet
    • Light afternoon tea
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  • Final Fence Restaurant

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Champagne reception
    • 4 course grand buffet
    • Afternoon tea
    • Complimentary bar, including house wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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    Panoramic Restaurant Package (Table of 4)

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 5 course á la carte menu
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    Panoramic Restaurant Package (Table of 12)

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 5 course á la carte menu
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  • Denman Drive

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Champagne Reception
    • 4 course set menu lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Complimentary bar including house wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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    Paddock View

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 4 course carvery buffet lunch
    • Afternoon tea
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    Cleeve Suite

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    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • Champagne reception
    • 4 course set menu lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Complimentary bar including house wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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Please note that all prices include VAT and a booking fee applies to all transactions.

Private Boxes
  • Long Run Box with Balcony (1st Floor)

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    Price based on a booking of 40 people (prices will vary dependent on the number of guests) with each box accommodating a minimum of 20 people. 

    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 4 course set menu lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Tote betting service
    • Complimentary bar including house wine, beers and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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    Long Run Box with Balcony (2nd Floor)

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    Price based on a booking of 40 people (prices will vary dependent on the number of guests) with each box accommodating a minimum of 20 people. 

    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 4 course set menu lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Tote betting service
    • Complimentary bar including house wine, beers and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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    Long Run Box with Balcony (3rd Floor)

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    Price based on a booking of 40 people (prices will vary dependent on the number of guests) with each box accommodating a minimum of 20 people. 

    • Club admission ticket
    • Car parking (1 per 2 people)
    • Official Racecard
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Morning coffee and biscuits
    • 4 course set menu lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Tote betting service
    • Complimentary bar including house wine, beers and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
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  • Hi-Lux Chalet

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    Overlooking the paddock, adjacent to the Members’ Lawn and Guinness Grandstand, you will be able to watch the horses leave and victorious horses return to the parade ring from your chalet balcony. Each chalet accommodates up to 32 for lunch or more guests can be accommodated with buffet style occasional seating. It is a condition of booking that a minimum number of 20 Club enclosure tickets and catering packages are ordered.

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    Private Booth

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    Located in the heart of The Village the private booths can accommodate parties from 10 guests upwards.

    Tickets and catering need to be purhcased in addition.

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PRIVATE BOX PACKAGES NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE. TO PURCHASE PRIVATE BOX PACKAGES PLEASE CALL 01242 537 653

Race Schedule

13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m abt ½f , Hurdle
14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase abt 2m , Chase
14.50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase 3m abt 1f , Chase
15.30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m abt ½f , Hurdle
16.10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race 2m abt 4f , Hurdle
16.50 The 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) Abt 4m , Chase
17.30 The Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase 2m abt 4½f , Chase
Information subject to change.
13.30 2m abt ½f , Hurdle
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
14.10 abt 2m , Chase
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
14.50 3m abt 1f , Chase
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
15.30 2m abt ½f , Hurdle
The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16.10 2m abt 4f , Hurdle
The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race
16.50 Abt 4m , Chase
The 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)
17.30 2m abt 4½f , Chase
The Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase
Information subject to change.
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