A Guide to Cheltenham Race Course

A Guide To Cheltenham Race Course

One of the most famous racecourses in the United Kingdom, Cheltenham racecourse, based just below the Cotswold Hills hosts a wide variety of racing events between November and April each year. The highlight is obviously the Cheltenham Festival, which hosts a number of Grade 1 listed races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The festival is held in early March every year.

Cheltenham actually has two courses – the Old Course and the New Course. They are almost intertwined with each other although the New Course has a longer run in than the Old Course. A quirk with the New Course means that most of the fences are jumped early in the race, with only two fences situated in the final 7 furlongs.

There are 9 fences on the Old Racecourse which is the faster of the two, and 10 fences on the New Course. Of these new Course fences, 7 of them are plain fences, two of them are open ditches and the 2nd fence is a water jump.

In terms of distance, both courses are very similar, the Old course is 1 mile and 4 furlongs long whilst the New Course is only half a furlong longer. Both tracks are left handed.

Bullet Points

  • Two left hand courses
  • Old course is half a furlong shorter than the New Course at 1 mile and 4 furlongs
  • 9 fences on the Old Course, 10 on the New Course
  • New Course has a water jump at the second fence

Map of Cheltenham Racecourse

Map of Cheltenham Racecourse for daily racing tips

Statistics – Last Three Years

Top Trainers – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

P Nicholls                              88                   13                   23

G Elliott                                 58                   11                   13                  

N Twiston-Davies               84                   9                      25

N Henderson                       77                   9                      23

C Tizzard                               81                   8                      24


Top Trainers – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

N Henderson                       132                 23                   29

W Mullins                             117                 10                   31

G Elliott                                 80                   10                   24

D Skelton                              84                   8                      23

F O’Brien                              58                   7                      23



Top Trainers – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

W Mullins                             10                   2                      5

F O’Brien                              16                   2                      4

P Hobbs                                8                      1                      4

N Henderson                       5                      1                      3

C Tizzard                               8                      1                      2         


Top Jockeys – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Geraghty                           40                   7                      13

H Skelton                              46                   6                      16

R Johnson                             42                   6                      12

D Russell                               29                   6                      8

B Frost                                   14                   6                      3                                 


Top Jockeys – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Geraghty                           62                   16                   12

H Cobden                             58                   8                      12

H Skelton                              60                   7                      21

P Brennan                            57                   7                      21

N de Boinville                      40                   7                      11


Top Jockeys – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

R Johnson                             15                   2                      6

P Brennan                            12                   1                      5

N de Boinville                      6                      1                      3

B Geraghty                           8                      1                      2

W Hutchinson                     6                      1                      2                                                         


Course Address

Cheltenham Racecourse



GL50 4SH

A Guide to Cheltenham Race Course

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