Whether you’re planning on attending The Festival for the very first time, or if you’re a regular at Prestbury Park, hospitality on Cheltenham Festival Hospitality on Wednesday’s ‘Ladies Day’ is always a great option to consider!
Not only do you have two of the most exciting races of the festival in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the unique Cross Country race, but it’s also Ladies Day! Read on to hear why Wednesday at the Festival is a must-see event.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase:
The Queen Mother Champions Chase is Wednesday’s feature race and always attracts a high class field. It takes place over 2m and is worth a massive £400k. It was originally called ‘The Champion Chase’ but was renamed in 1980 to celebrate the Queen Mothers 80th Birthday who had long been a faithful supporter of Jumps Racing.
The race has been won by many Jumps Racing legends throughout its 60 year history, including Badsworth Boy, Moscow Flyer and last year’s winner Altior. Altior is the 11/8 favourite to regain his title in 2019. You can see Altior’s gritty victory in 2018 below.
The Cheltenham VIP Club offers a brilliant vantage point for the race. From the balcony, you can watch the horses negotiate the final two Chase fences and turn for home before they charge up the run-in. Read more about the Cheltenham VIP Club here.
Ladies Day was first held in the 1800s at Royal Ascot, where George III and Queen Charlotte would attend the Gold Cup on the third day of the meeting.
It followed at Cheltenham not long after. Race-goers had to follow a firm dress code: top hat and tails for men and for women shoulders and midriffs had to be covered while a hat or fascinator also had to be worn.
While Ascot has stuck to a strict dress code throughout the Royal Meeting, Cheltenham has relaxed the rule and states on their website that “there is no dress code. We race largely during the winter months and the weather can be unpredictable, so we would advise you to dress accordingly”.
Fashion is still a firm fixture of ladies day, the racecourse and their sponsors put on a number of competitions to reward the best dressed race-goers. 2018’s top prizes included a whole range of incredible prizes including a Mini Cooper, various holidays and Boodles jewellery!
Cross Country Chase:
The Cross Country is one of the highlights of The Cheltenham Festival and is always a decent yardstick for the Grand National at Aintree. Last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, went off as the favourite for the Aintree classic and duly obliged when winning the race in dramatic style.
The race takes place over a marathon 3m and 6 furlongs with the horses having to negotiate 32 obstacles making the race a true test of Stamina.
The Cheltenham VIP Club
The Cheltenham VIP Club is the number one Cheltenham Festival hospitality facility. Running across all four days, The VIP Club offers a delicious three course lunch, an open bar and has balcony views of the stunning Cheltenham Racecourse. The VIP Club is hosted by Rachel Wyse, Mick Fitzgerald while a jockey from the day will mark your card before racing. To enquire about booking places at The Cheltenham VIP Club, please click below.