Cheltenham Festival 2013

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the jump season for many people but especially for horse racing enthusiasts culminating in the biggest race of them all; the Cheltenham Gold Cup, held on Friday 15th March, 2013.


Race-goers from across the Country, and indeed many thousands from Ireland, make the trip to this truly historic horse racing event in the hope of seeing their favourites romp home to victory.

The Cheltenham Festival has an atmosphere second to none; the roar from the crowds, when the horses reach the final straight, is absolutely deafening. With the horses approaching the final furlong this noise culminates in an explosion of cheers and encouragement as those with bets placed attempt to spur on their horses.

Great Events and Highlights Every Day of the Cheltenham Festival

The 2013 Cheltenham Festival looks to be spectacular, with the first day of the Festival (Champion’s Day) featuring the Stan James Champion Hurdle, won in 2012 by ‘Rock on Ruby’. He will be back to defend his crown and faces serious challenges by several very keen youngsters.

Day Two of the Festival is once again ‘Ladies Day’, where thousands of ladies will be attending in their finest frocks and hats, all eager to make an impression. The headline race of the day is the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase.

If days one and two weren’t enough to tease your appetite, then Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival will be an absolute belter and will clinch the deal with St Patrick’s Thursday, a favourite with our Irish visitors. As well as celebrating St Patrick’s Day, you will be entertained by two top-flight hurdles races including the Ryannair Chase and Ladbrokes World Hurdles.

The Cheltenham Festival comes to a close on Friday 15th March with the BetFred Cheltenham Gold Cup, the biggest and most prestigious race of the Festival and indeed the hurdle season. Will Sychronized return triumphant in 2013 or will the ever-present Long Run again prove champion material?

With such a racing card, attracting in the region of 230,000 spectators, it is inevitable that traffic chaos will ensue. All of the hotels in the region are booked months in advance and for those people wishing to enjoy a day trip; the thought of spending most of the day in traffic and impacting on their day’s entertainment is overwhelming.

How to Get There?

Helicopter charter provides a quick and easy to arrange transport alternative. With flight times from London in the region of 45 minutes, why endure the frustrations of road and rail travel? Atlas Helicopters will have you at Cheltenham in a fraction of the time, so you arrive fresh and relaxed; ready for your day’s racing pleasure.

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