Cheltenham Racecourse: Start the season with a bang at The Showcase
The action is back at Cheltenham Racecourse when the season gets underway with The Showcase Meeting on Friday and Saturday.
After almost six months, horseracing fans will be able to return to Cheltenham - “The Home of Jump Racing” - where two days of thrilling racing from the track will be combined with an exhibition providing information on horseracing and the various aspects that make it such a unique and special sport.
There is a packed racing schedule with seven races over the two days and thousands of pounds of prize money on the line.
Both regular racegoers and those attending the races for the first time will be able to find out more about horseracing, from presentations about veterinary care and equine welfare to sampling food provided for our racegoers.
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The equine artist Elizabeth Armstrong, familiar for her stunning paintings of the familiar heroes of the horseracing world will be on hand to exhibit how horses can come to life through art.
For those who feel they could be the next Champion Jockey, there will be an equicizer on site, to perfect those riding skills.
In addition, the Three Counties Racing Club will be on hand to explain how people can get into racehorse ownership without having to spend a fortune!
Ian Renton, Regional Director of the South West region of Jockey Club Racecourses said: “I am very excited about the return of racing at Cheltenham, as I am sure are many in the region. The Showcase is always a great way to start the season, with a mixture of great racing and interesting displays about The Sport of Kings. I’m sure it will be a great couple of days. ”
Tickets start at £9 in the Best Mate Enclosure and £22 in the Club/Tattersalls Enclosure when booked in advance.
For further information or to book tickets please visit Cheltenham.co.uk or call 0844 579 3003.
The next race meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, The Open, takes place on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November.
THE SHOWCASE RUNNING ORDER
Friday October 18:
2.10 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race: 2 miles, 5 furlongs. Prize money: £17,000
2.40 The Cheltenham Annual Members Novices’ Steeple Chase: 2 miles , 5 furlongs. Prize money: £20,000
3.15 The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race: 3 miles. Prize money: £20,000
3.50 The Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices’ Steeple Chase: 3 miles, half a furlong. Prize money: £20,000
4.25 The Jack Dee Here On 31st October Maiden Hurdle Race : 2 miles, half a furlong. Prize money: £10,000
5.00 The Fine & Country North Cotswolds Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (horse ratings: 0 - 125) 3m ½f 12,000
5.30 The Rewards4Racing Rewarding Your Passion Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (horse ratings: 0-140): 2 miles, half a furlong. Prize money: £10,000
Saturday October 19:
2.00 The Jools Holland Here On 9th November Novices’ Hurdle Race : 3 miles, 1.5 furlongs. Prize money: £10,000
2.35 The Equus-Fine Dining At The Festival (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (horse ratings: 0-150): 2 miles, 4 furlongs. Prize money: £50,000
3.10 The Masterson Holdings Hurdle Race : 2 miles, half a furlong.Prize money: £30,000
3.45 The Showcase Trophy ( A Handicap Steeple Chase): 3 miles, half a furlong. Prize money: £50,000
4.25 The Marie Curie Cancer Care Handicap Hurdle Race (horse ratings: 0-140) 2 miles, 5 furlongs.Prize money: £12,000
5.00 The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Novices’ Steeple Chase: 2 miles. Prize money: £20,000
5.30 The Have Your Christmas Parties Here Standard Open NH Flat Race: 2 miles, half a furlong. Prize money: £7,000
TASTY TREATS ON OFFER AT THE SHOWCASE
Hurdlers Hall & The Hall of Fame:
Jockey Club Catering
JCC, our catering partners, will be working together with the local college to create a mini street food festival offering samples of various dishes to try on the day with the opportunity to buy if you can’t resist a larger helping!
“We are very excited to give College students the opportunity to work together with our chefs on this exciting new project. From Local jumbo sausages, flat iron steak sandwiches, Curry pots, Tandoori wraps and an opportunity to create your own ‘Singapore Steam boat’ from an array of ingredients, there will be something for all tastes…”
SUPPORT THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND
Injured Jockeys Fund
In 2014 The Injured Jockeys Fund celebrates its 50th Anniversary and to mark this we have published a commemorative book masterminded by Arkle's biographer Sean Magee together with an exclusive range of hand finished chinaware gifts. These items along with Christmas cards and an extensive range of other gifts will be available to purchase from the IJF stand.
In the past 50 years the Fund has paid out more than £17million in assistance to over 1000 jockeys and is currently building its second rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House, in Malton, following the success of Oaksey House in Lambourn.
2014 Calendars and Diaries are available to order online or by Freephone for delivery in November.
Online ijf.org.uk or Freephone 08080 453453
LIZ ARMSTRONG: EQUESTRIAN ARTIST AT THE SHOWCASE
LIZ ARMSTRONG will be demonstrating how to create an exciting equine painting, detailing movement and emotion right from the start to the finished picture.
VISIT THE RACEGOERS CLUB AT THE SHOWCASE
Visit The Racegoers Club at the Cheltenham Showcase, and find out about our marquees at The Open and The Festival
The Racegoers Club was founded in 1968 to encourage people to go racing and be more involved with the sport. The Club is managed by the Racecourse Association and supported by all British racecourses and Great British Racing.
As a not for profit organisation, our sole purpose is to benefit the racing enthusiast and in turn the racing industry via:
• Admission discounts at every racecourse in the country covering 90% of the fixture list
• Social events in premium facilities, including our popular marquee at the Cheltenham Festival and The Open next month
• Stable visits, providing members with the chance to see behind the scenes of top yards nationwide
• Racehorse syndicates, the most affordable way to sample ownership and jumps horses in training with Nicky Henderson and Malcolm Jefferson this season
Come and meet us at The Showcase to find out more, or go to The Racegoers Club website
RIDING FOR THE DISABLED BASED AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE
Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
Cotswold Riding for the Disabled (RDA) is based at Cheltenham Racecourse where we offer lessons for disabled children and adults 5 days a week during term time.
We have over 200 riders supported by 150 volunteers and 14 ponies.
All our riders are physically disabled and/or have learning difficulties or special needs.
Our work enables our riders to improve their health and wellbeing, delivering therapy that not only benefits mobility and co-operation, but encourages confidence and self-worth whilst, most importantly, having fun.
Contact Cotswoldrda.org.uk or email Cotswold.email@example.com Phone 01242 584420
THE THOROUGHBRED REHABILITATION CENTRE
The TRC is the original horse charity dedicated to racehorse welfare, ex-racehorse retraining and ex-racehorse rehoming. The TRC specialises in the rehoming of racehorses to suitable loan homes.
Come and see Genial Genie, a seventeen year old, 15.3hh bay gelding ex-racehorse that has been loaned to Rachel Davies through the TRC. Genie ran a total of forty-six times over a distance of between five and nine furlongs.
He managed to win four races and was placed a further thirteen times, amassing total prize money of £25,507 before running his last race in 2003 aged eight and is now regularly competing in Dressage, Showing and Hunter Trialling.