Cheltenham Festival – a Soar Away Success!

Cheltenham racecourse from the sky

The best ever Cheltenham Festival – that was the verdict of Atlas’s customers after a fabulous few days spent at one of horse racing’s greatest spectacles.

The Cheltenham Festival is regarded as the greatest show on turf; four days of spell-binding national hunt racing featuring the world’s finest four-legged steeds.

Always scheduled to coincide with St Patrick’s Day, this mad March carnival of colour sees a mass influx of Irish enthusiasts to the Gloucestershire course as the best thoroughbreds from the Emerald Isle take on the champion horses from across the water.

The Bookmakers took a Hammering!

And this year was no exception, with some fabulous racing when the bookmakers took an absolute hammering after a plentiful amount of short-priced and well-backed horses did the business.

One of the highlights of the week was on Friday when the 9-4 favourite Don Cossack, ridden by Bryan Cooper, held off the challenge of Djakadam to win the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The foggy conditions over the Cotswolds presented some challenges to the Atlas pilots flying customers in and out of Cheltenham on Friday, but we managed to get all of our passengers back out on the evening return flights, less one group who decided to drive!

Clients Returning to Cheltenham Year after Year


After watching the Gold Cup, they were later able to see Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton finish fifth in the Foxhunter Chase on Pacha Du Polder, an amazing story which made headlines the following day.

Atlas’s managing director, Mike Burns, said he was delighted with how smooth the operation went this year with flights to Cheltenham from all over the country, featuring clients returning year after year.

He said: “This was, without a doubt, our best ever Cheltenham, even with the weather problems on Friday!”

“The Heliport had a new passenger check-in terminal which was very nice and gave the clients a fantastic view over the racecourse.”

One of the Cotswold’s most Revered Hotels


A number of Atlas customers were able to sample the delights of one of the Cotswold’s most revered hotels. The Lords of the Manor hotel is located in Upper Slaughter, a beautiful village near to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

It was recently named as the Good Hotel Guide’s “Country House Hotel of the Year”, set in eight acres and featuring Gloucestershire’s only Michelin-starred hotel dining room, under head chef, Richard Picard-Edwards. The dining room is listed in The Sunday Times’ top 100 UK restaurants’ guide.

Booking early for the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Atlas was able to fly clients from the Lords of the Manor Hotel to the racecourse, just 20 miles away, allowing clients to jump the traffic jams and the crowds – and not the hurdles!

We’re already booking for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, which takes place from March 14th to 17th. If you’ve never been before, then don’t miss out on one of the great sporting occasions, mixed with plenty of Irish craic!

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