Gold Cup Day

The climax of the entire Jump racing season is the Cheltenham Gold Cup; the highlight of arguably the best day’s racing of the year, with an atmosphere to match.

Opens 10:30,
Current going
The Going will be available 7 days before the raceday

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The 2016 Cheltenham Timico Gold Cup was won is style by the Gordon Elliott trained 9/4f Don Cossack ridden by Bryan Cooper. Pushed into the lead as they approached the last he powered up the hill to win by 4 ½ lengths ahead of the gallant Djakadam and Don Poli, a further 10 lengths behind.

The Timico Gold Cup in 2017 is on 17th 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 occurs 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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    Advanced Group: Available to groups of 15 plus at The Festival
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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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    New for 2016!! 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
  • Champions Walk Restaurant Package

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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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    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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    Gold Cup Restaurant Package

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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 & riders
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  • Final Fence Restaurant Package

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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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    Horseshoe Pavilion Restaurant Package

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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 Package

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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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  • 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
    • 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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  • 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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    Moscow Flyer Restaurant Package

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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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  • Long Run 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 set menu lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Complimentary bar including house wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks (excludes Champagne)
    Advanced Single: Shares tables of 10
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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. 

    Available only at the festival, each chalet accommodates up to 32 guests for lunch or more, guests can be accommodated with a buffet style menu and 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 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m abt 1f , Hurdle
14.10 The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race 2m abt 1f , Hurdle
14.50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race abt 3m , Hurdle
15.30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m abt 2½ f , Chase
16.10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 3m abt 2½ f , Chase
16.50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race 2m abt 4½ f , Hurdle
17.30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 2m abt ½ f , Chase
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13.30 2m abt 1f , Hurdle
The JCB Triumph Hurdle
14.10 2m abt 1f , Hurdle
The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race
14.50 abt 3m , Hurdle
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
15.30 3m abt 2½ f , Chase
The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
16.10 3m abt 2½ f , Chase
The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
16.50 2m abt 4½ f , Hurdle
The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race
17.30 2m abt ½ f , Chase
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Information subject to change.
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