Cheltenham Racecourse - The International

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th December 2018

An outstanding two days of the highest class action, at the perfect time of year to treat family, friends and colleagues to a great day out.

Come and see us at this fantastic and thrilling two day event. Gates open at 10.00am on both days with the first race at 12.00pm on Friday and 12.10pm on Saturday. The last race is at 3.30pm on Friday and 3.40pm on Saturday.

A wonderful two days of the highest class Jump, racing featuring one of the most valuable hurdle races of the entire season. The Stan International Hurdle, a hugely significant race in its own right, is one of the leading trials for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival. It was won by Menorah in 2010, adding to his victory in the Greatwood Hurdle at The Open, before going on to start second favourite for the Champion Hurdle. This race sits alongside the December Gold Cup in a scintillating Saturday card.

Friday's racing is equally enthralling, with the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase completing Europe's Crystal Cup Challenge and the Majordomo Hospitality Chase lighting up another day of wonderful sport. Buena Vista and Al Ferof were both in action on this day before going on to victory at The Festival in March, as well as three subsequent Festival winners on Saturday's card.

To get tickets in advance and for further information go to:

What to wear

Being autumn in England, the weather could do anything it wants to, so make sure you dress for it! Tweed items are both warm and comfortable, and are one of the more commonly seen items of clothing at the racetrack. Team them up with some leather wellies and long shooting socks and you will have nice warm feet throughout the day.

For the accessories, make sure you have a bag large enough to carry around everything you might need (including an umbrella!). You will also need some gloves or wrist warmers to keep your hands toasty, as well as something to stop the chilly wind nipping at your ears. Why not head over to Timothy Foxx to pick up some of their super-warm ear warmers?

And last but not least, jewellery. Why not check out our equestrian never know our horseshoe earrings might just give you the luck you need for your horse to come in first?

Our Hints and Tips

It is worthwhile having some spare clothing in the back of your car as no matter what the weather starts out like, you may well end up having to wring out what you are wearing, and there is nothing worse than a long car journey in wet clothes!

Don’t forget to drink plenty of liquids. You will be on your feet for a long time and you will need to stay hydrated to avoid the paramedics having extra work. Unfortunately, alcohol doesn’t count…

Allow plenty of time to get in and out of the raceground as the access is not brilliant and there can be very long queues.

It’s always worth a small flutter on the day, but make sure that you have in mind your own limit as to exactly how much you want to risk and do not go over it. Nothing ruins a day more than losing more money than you have!

Where to stay

There are several really nice places to stay in the area. Why not visit to see the brilliant selection of accommodation available. Just type Cheltenham Racecourse into the Search Box, and away you go! Or if you want the more luxurious approach, take a peek at some of the top quality hotels available at

Where is it?

Cheltenham racecourse is just north of Cheltenham on the A435. It is very clearly signposted from almost every direction, although if you want to use your SatNav, the postcode is GL50 4SH.