Cheltenham Festival 2018 - Ladies Day

 
 

 
Both me and my partner are huge horse racing fans. It's the only sport I'm interested in and it's kind of our thing, the thing we do together and about the only tv programme we can ever agree on. We're both pretty lucky and have frequent wins but even without the gambling side of it, we still both really enjoy it.

We visit various courses throughout the year but our favourite has to be Cheltenham race course for the festival. Particularly Ladies Day. I love seeing the outfits and how much effort people go to, I just walk around amazed at the creativity but sadly didn't get any pictures. I was too busy enjoying myself and admiring the oversized hats. People often assume Ladies Day events are full of ''posh'' and ''stuck up'' people but I can honestly say they're wrong. We're all there for the same reason and everyone just has fun.

We decided not to stay over this year as we left it a little too late and the hotel prices were ridiculous so we travelled there and back on the same day from Newcastle Upon Tyne - an 11 hour journey there and back. Was it worth it? Definitely!

We travelled complimentary first class with Cross Country Trains - we always choose Cross Country as they reliable and competitive. The service they offer is outstanding and the staff are always so helpful and friendly. The journey there was straight down with no changes which always makes life easier.

We arrived at Cheltenham Spa for 11am and a shuttle bus was provided to take us to the race course, we arrived at 11:20 and went for a few drinks before heading to the course. The atmosphere in Cheltenham is buzzing during the festival, I absolutely love experiencing this each year.

We headed to the course for about 13:00 and grabbed a drink ready for the first race. We had tickets for The Club Enclosure which are the best tickets at the course, I'd highly recommend these as they give you the best view. There's also lots of bars and food stalls nearby with so much choice from pizza, burgers, hog roasts and traditional fish and chips. You're truly spoilt for choice. There's also lots of toilets nearby and they're easily accessible. The staff at the course are very friendly and there's always people about to help if you need them.


The entrance to Cheltenham race course




We decided to stay around the parade ring so we could see the horses before and after the race. It also means we get to see more of the trainers, owners and the jockeys.


Trainer - W Mullins


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The atmosphere when a winning horse parades around the ring is just electrifying. Even if it wasn't a winner for you, I can't explain it. The roars of cheers and claps is like nothing I have ever experienced before.


The parade ring





We had such a good day at the track but knew we had a long journey back home so we left pretty much straight after the last race and headed for the shuttle bus back to Cheltenham Spa. We then jumped on our first train which took us to Birmingham, we had a 35 minute wait and then our train arrived to take us back to Newcastle. We got to Newcastle Central Station for about 23:00 and jumped on the Metro train home, get got home around midnight after leaving the house at 6am. It was a long day and I'd definitely recommend staying over if you're travelling far but definitely book in advance to get the best hotel prices

The highlight of our day was seeing Altior win The Queen Mother Champion Chase. He's trained by Nicky Henderson and we absolutely love him as a trainer so this was great to see.


Altior leaving the parade ring after winning The Queen Mother Champion Chase 2018


Altior entering the parade ring after winning The Queen Mother Champion Chase 2018


I'd love to know what sporting events you like to attend in the comments.


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9 comments

  1. I really wanted to go to the Cheltenham races, but unfortunately had to miss it due to work! It's looking really nice! My boyfriend plays pub gigs near the area as well if you want to get even more drinks after the race! www.instagram.com/chrisfrancis.music/

    Cheers,
    Karen
    www.klassickaren.com

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  2. Oh wow... this looks like something to add to my bucket list!

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  3. I have never been to races before but it really sounds like a fun day out. Cheltenham festival sounds like fun.

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  4. This looks like SO much fun! I've never been to a real race - I've only ever seen it in the movies. And a ladies one? So fun!! :)

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  5. This sounds like a really fun adventure! I've only ever seen races in the movies so it definitely would be cool to witness in real life!

    Best,
    Idora

    www.ajournalofstories.com

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  6. Looks like you had a lovely day out at the races and a great opportunity to catch up with the ladies x

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  7. My Dad was a Jokey in the 60's and 70's before I was born! I grew up around horses although I have never been to a live horse race.. I've only watched them on television. My dad also did a little race car driving too, he liked racing in general and I practically grew up on a racetrack! I then married a man who loves NASCAR, we watch every weekend during season!!😊

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  8. Aw man, Why couldn't I jump in your purse! It sounds like everyone had fun.

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  9. I love the races, I have never been to Cheltenham before, however I am planning on going next year with the girls.

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