Owners & Trainers

At the heart of our sport

Whether you are a regular or it is your first visit to Cheltenham Racecourse, we look forward to welcoming you.

Owners

Nothing matches the experience of having a runner at Cheltenham, particularly at The Festival. Our dedicated staff are here to ensure that Owners' visits run smoothly, from the distribution of badges, to parking, access to the enclosures, lunch and, for those lucky enough to have a winner, the presentation of trophies.

Owners’ & Trainers’ Tickets /Badges

At the six day confirmation stage, we shall send you the following, if you reside in the UK:     

Owners       

·         Two car park labels

·         Four admission tickets and four Owners’ & Trainers’ badges.  Those with a declared runner can arrange an additional two badges/tickets by calling Victoria Bowen-Jones (see below for contact details).  

Trainers (Non NTF)

One car park label
Two admission tickets and two Owners’ & Trainers’ badges

NTF members can gain entry into the racecourse with their metal badges. Those with entries will be sent a car label only and will be able to access the Owners’ & Trainers’ Bar on level two of The Princess Royal Stand for all meetings except The Festival, where only those with runners will have access.  (Details are under The Festival heading). 

It is important that admission tickets and badges are kept together, as the badge alone will not provide access into the racecourse.

We will not despatch tickets and badges to Owners or Trainers with non UK Mainland addresses.  Their tickets and badges will be ready for collection at the racecourse on the day of racing at the Owners and Trainers desk at the Hall of Fame entrance.

Owners & Trainers Private Lunch Facilities

For each declared runner Owners are offered the opportunity to book four complimentary lunches, including afternoon tea, in the exclusive Tattersalls Owners’ & Trainers’ Pavilion, which is situated below the Parade Ring at the entrance to the Tented Village. Trainers will be provided with two complimentary places.  Access to this facility will be via a wristband which can be collected on arrival at the reception desk to this facility. This marquee has televisions and a betting facility.  A booking form will be enclosed with the tickets and badges you receive once your horse has been entered.

Within The Princess Royal Stand, there is a new Owners’ & Trainers’ bar and bistro on level two, with spectacular views across the course and Parade Ring, which will also be available for connections of runners who would prefer a less formal meal option.   Tables cannot be booked in advance or reserved for the day.  Access to this facility is also via a wristband which can be collected along with the four vouchers from the reception desk in the Owners’ & Trainers’ Pavilion below the Parade Ring.

The Festival

For Owners who have runners entered, the ticket and badge distribution at the six day confirmation stage remains the same as for the other meetings at Cheltenham, with the exception of The Albert Bartlett, The Handicaps and The Foxhunter where the arrangements are as below:  

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

For this race, the issue of tickets and badges will be restricted to the 20 confirmations with a guaranteed run if declared and the 10 least likely to be balloted out in the event that there is a ballot. The remaining Owners with confirmed entries will be sent car labels only, with tickets being put up for collection at the racecourse should their horse get a run.

The Handicaps

For these races, the ticket and badge distribution will be limited to the top 30 entries at the six day confirmation stage and car labels only will be sent for the following 10 horses to assist with access to the Owners’ & Trainers’ desk in the North Entrance should their horses subsequently get a run. Provision will be made for the remaining owners whose horses after declarations get in to their intended races.

The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

For this race, the issue of tickets and badges will be restricted to the 24 confirmations with a guaranteed run if declared and the 10 least likely to be balloted out in the event that there is a ballot. The remaining Owners with confirmed entries will be sent car labels only, with tickets being put up for collection at the racecourse should their horse get a run.

The Festival in 2017

As of 2016, lapel pin badges will be sent to allow access to the Parade Ring, Pre Parade Ring, Winner’s Enclosure and Weighing Room for those with runners.

Trainers of horses still holding entries at the 10 day stage will receive two tickets and a daily pin badge corresponding to the day they have a runner.  NTF badge holders who don’t have runners can still gain access into the racecourse with their metal badges but will not be able to access Owners’ & Trainers’ facilities. Trainers with runners can collect two wristbands from reception desk in the Tattersalls Owners’ & Trainers’ Pavilion for access into this facility and the Owner’s & Trainers’ Bar on level two of The Princess Royal Stand.

Owners’ & Trainers’ Hospitality at The Festival

The Tattersalls Owners’ & Trainers’ Lunch Pavilion, which operates throughout the season, will remain available exclusively for those with a runner at The Festival. For each declared runner Owners are offered four complimentary lunches, trainers will receive two.  There is no booking procedure at this meeting and due to the pressure on this facility, tables cannot be reserved for the day. 

The Owners’ & Trainers’ bar in the Princess Royal Stand is also available exclusively for those with a runner on the day.

Access to both facilities is via wristband which can be collected from the reception desk in the Tattersalls Owners’ & Trainers’ Pavilion below the Parade Ring at the entrance to the Tented Village.

Need Assistance?

All additional Owners’ & Trainers’ badge requests or any other queries should be made in advance of the meeting by contacting Victoria Bowen-Jones on 00 44 (0)1242 537602 or by e-mailing Victoria Bowen-Jones

Please do contact Victoria should you have any questions in regards to running a horse at Cheltenham or if you are having a runner here for the first time. Please do also let us know so we can assist you with your arrangements for the day and arrange for someone to meet you on arrival to familiarise you with the layout of the racecourse facilities.   

Helicopter Landings

The Helicopter landing ground is situated to the North East of the racecourse (o/s 966 251), and will be operated in conjunction with the CAA. The site will be operated by Helicopter and Aviation Services Ltd. (Tel: +44 1427 718800, Fax: +44 1427 718811 or (+44 7973 500668) or e-mail info@helipad.co.uk. Prior notice is required for landing facilities and insurance indemnity. For chartering flights telephone +44 1453 821307. Particular attention is to be paid to those Rules of the Air which govern the overflying of built-up areas. No landings will be permitted within 30 minutes of the first race, and no take-offs will be permitted until 30 minutes after the last race, except by permission of the Clerk of the Course. We do not have facilities for fixed wing aircraft. 

Full aircraft facilities are available at Staverton 5 n.m. from the course.

Owners and Trainers arriving at the course via helicopter, who have arranged to collect their tickets at the racecourse, must please notify Victoria Bowen-Jones on 01242 537602 or e-mail Victoria Bowen-Jones

Online Programme Book & Frequent Runner Championship

We ensure a balanced programme of races leading up to The Festival in March and to the close of our season in April, giving Owners the chance to run horses of all levels of experience here at Cheltenham.  More details of this can be found on our Online Programme Book.   

Over the summer we have reviewed the format of the Equitrek Frequent Runner Championship to make it more inclusive for trainers who have smaller yards, as we continue to reward trainers who run their horses most often at The Jockey Club  racecourses in the South West, to include Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton.  For more details of the Equitrek Frequent Runner Scheme please click here.

WI Gloucestershire Trainers Championship 

Rewarding those trainers that are based in the county. Infomation about the WI Gloucestershire Trainers Championship can be found here

The Going

The latest going is available six days prior to each meeting by clicking here

The latest update around the weather, provided by the Met Office can be found here

To contact the Clerk of the Course please email Simon Claisse or call +44 7785 293 966

Stable Staff

At Cheltenham stable staff are well catered for in our on-site hotel, Hunters Lodge, where tea and coffee is free and a variety of meals, including vegetarian options, are available at cost price. All stable staff are given a complimentary meal in Hunters Lodge on the day that a horse they are responsible for runs at Cheltenham. First time visitors to the racecourse will be given a guide to all the facilities for stable staff.

We provide more than £10,000 each season for Best Turned Out awards and other bonuses for stable staff, often thanks to our race sponsors.

For stable bookings please contact our Stable Manager, John Morrison, on 01242 521950 or 07584 683232 (mobile). The email address is cheltenham.stables@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Leading Trainer and Jockey Awards

The trainer at The Festival with the most winners, with placed horses taken into account in the event of a tie, receives a perpetual trophy, sponsored by the Irish Independent. 

The jockey at The Festival and The Open who rides the most winners, with placed rides taken into account in the event of a tie, also receives a perpetual trophy. This award is sponsored by Boodles.

The Crystal Cup 

The Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge brings together the finest international horses and riders to reward the most successful stable in cross country steeple chasing. For more information on this series and to see the entries for forthcoming races, visit the Crystal Cup website. Find out more.

Photography

To view official raceday photography and order prints, please visit Race Day Photos or call Lucy Lawrence on 07713 168328.

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