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Cheltenham History

Cheltenham Racecourse is situated at Prestbury Park, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in a picturesque setting in an innate amphitheatre at Cleeve Hill. But it wasn't always located at here. In 1815, the opening Flat race meet in Cheltenham originally took place on Nottingham Hill. The ensuing decade saw the trend of horse racing skyrocket, with its annual July two day meeting featuring the Gold Cup, enticing the masses.

In 1829, Cheltenham's Parish Priest, Reverend Francis Close, stirred up such animosity amid his parishioners by advocating the tribulations of horseracing, that his loyal congregation disrupted the meet in 1830. Consequently, the grandstand was scorched to the ground ahead of the subsequent year's meet, and in 1831, the racecourse was relocated to Prestbury Park to prevail over the fierce hostility.

Cheltenham Racecourse is famed for the Cheltenham Festival. This annual four-day gala features (but to name a few), The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Ladbrokes World Hurdle, The Ryanair Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Every owner, trainer and jockey has an aspiration and vision of being the victor in this race, and they concede that it takes a particularly exceptional horse to be triumphant on more than one occasion.

The Centaur - one of the biggest auditoria in the South West of England is located at the racecourse, and the University of Gloucestershire chooses to host its graduation ceremony and summer ball here. It's also the the preferred site for the annual Greenbelt festival and Wychwood Music Festival.

Cheltenham Contact Info

Phone: 01242 226 226

Fax: 01242 224 227

eMail: cheltenham@jockeyclubracecourses.com

Website: www.cheltenham.co.uk

Physical Address: Cheltenham
GL50 4SH

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