Information for those at the heart of the action
Nothing matches the experience of having a runner, maybe even a winner, at Cheltenham, particularly at The Festival. Our dedicated staff make sure that every aspect of an owner's visit, from the distribution of tickets and badges, through the booking of lunch, to the presentation of trophies in the historic Winners' Enclosure runs as smoothly as possible.
Race conditions for every race at Cheltenham in the first half of the 2012/13 season are available via the link below. Those for the remainder of the season will appear in due course.
Cheltenham race conditions
We keep in close touch with trainers to ensure a balanced programme of races leading up to The Festival, giving them the chance to run horses of all levels of experience here at Cheltenham. Their input is invaluable when we put together our programme for the season and their advice and comments are always welcomed. We also operate a very popular Frequent Runner Championship, rewarding those trainers who run their horses most often at Cheltenham.
The latest going is available from approximately two weeks prior to each meeting by clicking here
Jockeys are extraordinarily fit athletes and we ensure that their raceday needs are met with a dedicated medical team, including a physiotherapist. We provide areas to rest before, between and after racing, with a range of nutritionally balanced food and drink.
At Cheltenham we understand and appreciate the huge and vital role played by stable staff. They are well catered for in our on-site hotel, Hunters Lodge, where tea and coffee are free at every meeting and a variety of meals, including vegetarian options, are available at cost price. All stable staff are also given a complimentary meal in Hunters Lodge on the day that a horse they are responsible for runs at Cheltenham.
First time visitors to the racecourse will be given a guide to all the facilities for stable staff.
We provide over £10,000 each season in Best Turned Out awards and other bonuses for stable staff, often thanks to our race sponsors.
Thomas Pink Leading Trainer and Jockey
The leading Trainer at The Festival receives a perpetual trophy. This is awarded to the Trainer with the most winners, with placed horses taken into account in the event of a tie. The leading Jockey at The Festival also receives a perpetual trophy, awarded to the Jockey who rides the most winners at The Festival, with placed rides taken into account in the event of a tie.
There are similar awards at The Open, with the winners will decided in the same way as at The Festival.
Both of these awards are sponsored by Thomas Pink.
The Pertemps Series consists of 18 qualifiers and a final at The Festival on 14th March.
The dates of the qualifiers for 2012/13 are:
- 19th October at Cheltenham
- 28th October at Aintree
- 4th November at Auteuil
- 5th November at Kempton Park
- 14th November at Exeter
- 30th November at Newbury
- 8th December at Sandown Park
- 17th December at Cagnes sur Mer
- 26th December at Wincanton
- 29th December at Leopardstown
- 6th January at Cagnes sur Mer
- 12th January at Warwick
- 13th January at Pau
- 25th January at Huntingdon
- 3rd February at Pau
- 3rd February at Punchestown
- 6th February at Carlisle
- 16th February at Haydock Park