Prestbury Park Racecourse
Prestbury Park is the home of the Cheltenham Racecourse and known to thousands as the home of National Hunt racing. The course is home to the Cheltenham Festival in March, but also hosts the Paddy Power meeting in November and notable other big race days. Located in the village of Prestbury on the outskirts of Cheltenham the course is a natural amphitheatre for race-goers and with the undulations and slopes deemed as a true test for the best jumps race horses.
The Prestbury Park racecourse is overlooked by Cleeve Hill which gives the course superb views. Hords os Irishman help make up the capacity of over 65,000 every year as for their love of National Hunt racing and the fact that quite often the meeting corresponds with St Patrick's Day.
Steeped in Festival history, the Prestbury Park racecourse has three courses within its grounds. The New and the Old course are used for the festival, but split each day so that the ground remains fresh The first two days are raced on the Old Course and the last two days the New Course, which is used for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the last day of the four day meeting. The course has a notoriously tough second last fence, positioned at the bottom of a slope which has caught many a tired horse and jockey out, whilst the run-in is much longer than that of the Old Course.
The third course is the Cross Country course which hosts the Cross Country Handicap Chase on the first day of the festival. The race was won by the Cross Country specialist trainer Enda Bolger with Garde Champetre in 2009.