Everybody loves a day at the races, even if you are not an avid gambler or horse fanatic the spectacle of a big race day is hard to beat. Britain has a passion for horse racing and it has fully embraced the Sport of Kings.
Some of the best races in the sporting calendar are held in the UK, such as The Grand National, The Oaks, and The Derby. And possibly the greatest of all racecourses is Cheltenham, which is the home of the Gold Cup.
Here at George Regal Transport we regularly take groups to the races with our popular Cheltenham Mini Bus Transfers. Our patrons take advantage of being chauffeur driven to fully enjoy their race day experience.
The fun and excitement of the Cheltenham Gold Cup race meeting is ideal for all manner of groups and not just racing aficionados. Regular parties enjoying Cheltenham, are Stag and Hen, and corporate entertaining, all of which we have successfully catered for.
Racing at Cheltenham
The first flat race that was organized at Nottingham Hill was in 1815, and three years later they were taking place at Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham. Within ten years the popularity of racing at Cheltenham soared attracting crowds of over thirty thousand people to the two-day meeting in July, which now featured a three-mile flat race called the Gold Cup.
The event had to be moved to its present location which is Prestbury Park in 1831, due to the actions of anti-racing protagonist Reverend Francis Close and his supporters. They disrupted the 1830 meeting and even burned down the grandstand.
In 1964 the Jockey Club Racecourses was formed to secure the future of Cheltenham races and have built up the course to be one of the finest in Great Britain. The Jockey Club manages to do this by reinvesting all the profits back into the racecourse to constantly improve conditions.
The History of the Course
Little change to the grandstands was made during the two decades after 1930 when a steeplechase course was actually behind the stands. In 1960 the first Tattersalls Grandstand was built to cope with the ever-growing crowds.
During this time the Weighing Room was situated under the Festival Restaurant and the Winners Enclosure was located above the Parade Ring. The 1960s also saw major developments to the centre of the course which is now a highly popular area to watch the racing.