The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching. Between 15th-18th March owner, trainer and jockey will be putting their hearts and souls into 27 races. This year marks Cheltenham’s centenary – 100 years in a permanent location, proving the festival has come a long way since its beginnings and now has an overall winnings of £3,415,000.
The Cheltenham Festival attracts a very large number of Irish people and is an exciting prelude to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This adds to the unique atmosphere. Clare Balding outlines this perfectly, “Ask people why they love Cheltenham and they will talk of the craic, the magic, the camaraderie of shared pleasure and pain”.