|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.