Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014: all you need to know

HorseIf you are looking for the World Cup of horse racing, the highlight of the jump season and a sporting event to rival some of the greatest in the world, look no further than the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Festival begins on March 11th but Friday March 14th is the big one, and sees the race that all eyes will be on this year. The hats, the outfits, the horses and of course the bets, means this is the high point of the racing calendar and the ideal day out for both experts and novices in the sport.

Rather than join in with the same old office sweepstake or hang around your local bookmakers, why not book up one of our Cheltenham hotels, dig out that hat and shine your shoes for this year’s Gold Cup!

The morning

If you’re up bright and early on Gold Cup day (which you will be due to the excitement) then after a trip to local newsagents for a Racing Post a spot of breakfast is in order.

Peruse the runners and riders, set yourself up for the day with a fry up and a cuppa and wander the streets of this beautiful spa town. Plus, many pubs offer breakfast and a minibus ride up to the racecourse, so check for any deals in your surrounding area.

The races

There are a number of races on the day featuring the great and good of horse racing. Place your bets in the betting ring, check out your picks in the paddock and cheer on your choice from the stands with nearly 70,000 other punters!

There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere on Gold Cup day and with the likes of defending Champion Bob’s Worth, Long Run, Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential victors, it’s sure to be a race to remember.

The final furlong

After all that excitement, and hopefully with a fat wad of notes in your wallet, you’ll want to enjoy the nightlife Cheltenham has to offer.

Start with a curry at one of the many Indian restaurants in the town, then move onto The Tavern, a trendy bar that serves excellent wine and beer, as well as cocktails, just by the bus station.

Finish off in Boogie Lounge where the post-Gold Cup crowd will be getting down to tunes from every decade in one of the most fun clubs in Cheltenham. After all that, our Cheltenham hotels offer the best place to lay your head and recover from all the thrills and spills of Gold Cup Day!