On Friday 14th December, Cheltenham racecourse will celebrate Christmas Jumper Day and encourage all racegoers to don their festive jumper on day one of The International Meeting.
Racegoers will have the chance of winning on the spot prizes for the most fun and festive jumper and prizes will include a pair tickets to any of the forthcoming race meetings including The Festival™, presented by Magners.
The two day International promises high class action and starts on Friday with real cheer as racegoers are treated to The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and the grand finale of the 2018 Crystal Cup Challenge, which is an exciting conclusion to a series of unique races across Europe. This final leg concludes 11 races which began in Pau, in South West France in February, and is worth 48,000 Euros, but in all, the overall prize money up for grabs is 733,000 Euros.
As racegoers return on Saturday, December 15th, they will be greeted by Midlife Choir-Sis who will be singing Christmas carols to maintain the festive mood plus there will be performances in The Centaur from The Hip Cats.
The feature race of the fixture is the The Unibet Champion Hurdle and stands as a hugely significant race in its own right. It’s also one of the leading trials for The Festival Unibet Hurdle in March. Another highlight for Saturday is the £100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, which last year went to jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and Frodon, a novice who hadn’t done so well a month earlier in the BetVictor Gold Cup.
Of course as it is the festive season, there is always a great opportunity to find the perfect gift at Cheltenham’s Shopping Village which has wide selections of unique retail offerings in its carefully selected trade stands. Popular brands include Hiho, Graham and McCartney Millinery and Cotswold Grey.
To celebrate the start of 2019, head to Cheltenham Racecourse for the first raceday of the year on New Year’s Day with seven compelling races lined up on the track and where some of the UK’s best horses, jockeys and trainers will be on show. With the combination of racegoers enjoying the final part of their Christmas break and some fantastic racing, this is a great way to round off the festive holiday, and even better under 18’s go free.
With an emphasis on families, the Family Fun Zone will welcome Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol who will be making appearances throughout the day. The first 500 children to visit the zone will receive a walking pet balloon and get a balloon model of their choice from Twistina and Twistopher. With entertainment including Showtime Shane, face painting, horse hoppers, colouring in and rosette making, there is an abundance of activities for families to enjoy - and certificates to take home to remember the day. There will also be Ducks, Chickens, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs for children to observe and enjoy.
Racegoers also have the opportunity to sign up their children to Juniors Jumpers™ which is a free membership club for young racing fans in the South West. Every Junior Jumper is sent their own Raceday Collector's Book; in here they can collect one stamp for every fixture they attend. Five stamps earn a horseshoe badge, so the more racing you watch the more badges you earn! All four Jockey Club South West racecourses are on board - Cheltenham, Exeter, Wincanton and Warwick. Throughout the season there will be regular newsletters as well as activities for children on our Family Fun racedays. For further information, please visit the Cheltenham racecourse website.
Live music will add to the atmosphere during the day from The Hipcats, a top jazz and swing band, who will be on the See You Then terrace throughout the day and in The Centaur live after racing. For those that enjoy to shop there is a wide selection of unique retail offerings.
Wickerman – Guinness Village throughout the day
Lucky 15’s - centaur balcony
Family zone – all about fun (inflatables, rosette making, face painting, horse hoppers, showtime shane, twistopher and twistina, walking pet balloons and Chase and Marshall will be appearing at intervals throughout the day.