Chel­tenham Race­course

It’s Oc­to­ber and the start of a new Jump sea­son

Cotswold Life - - INSIDE - WORDS: Tracy Spiers www.chel­

Oc­to­ber can only mean one thing in the world of Jump rac­ing. It sig­ni­fies that rac­ing is back at Chel­tenham Race­course, the jewel in this sport’s crown. Af­ter al­most half a year of si­lence in terms of pound­ing hooves, The Show­case Meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 26 and 27 her­alds the start of the 2018/19 sea­son – a sea­son of an­tic­i­pa­tion, ex­cite­ment and qual­ity rac­ing.

As top train­ers and own­ers en­ter the win­ter months, they will bring their promis­ing eques­trian stars to this stun­ning amp­ithe­atre for a week­end which now at­tracts over 30,000 peo­ple.

“There’s a real buzz about it as it’s the first meet­ing for al­most six months and ev­ery­body looks for­ward to the sea­son ahead,” says Sophia Dale, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for the Jockey Club’s south west re­gion.

“It is so ex­cit­ing to see ev­ery­one re­turn­ing. It’s per­son­ally one of my favourite times of the year as the sea­son starts to get into flow, lead­ing up to Novem­ber’s meet­ing, News Year’s Day and through to The Fes­ti­val. There’s an­tic­i­pa­tion in the air, it’s great!”

With The Show­case, as in all meet­ings, bars and res­tau­rants will be open to suit all palates through­out the day. And re­turn­ing this year will be the pop­u­lar Sog­los Show­case Zone which is a cel­e­bra­tion of all the finest prod­ucts Glouces­ter­shire and the West have to of­fer. This takes place in the Cen­taur and pro­vides race­go­ers the chance to in­dulge in unique shop­ping, in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions and sam­ple qual­ity food and drink pro­duced across the re­gion.

“It’s a great way to com­ple­ment the ex­hil­a­rat­ing sport­ing ac­tion tak­ing place out­side,” adds Sophia.

“In The Cen­taur, it’s a show­case of ev­ery­thing that is good about this area, from ar­ti­san crafts to stun­ning culi­nary cre­ations.”

As race­go­ers en­joy the 14 races over The Show­case week­end, for the first time the ITV pre­sent­ing crew will be based at the race­course, de­liv­er­ing live ac­tion from the Home of Jump Rac­ing. For the past two years, the tele­vi­sion com­pany has been re­port­ing on the event, but Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 26, will see pre­sen­ters at the fa­mous ground it­self.

It also marks the fourth sea­son of the race­course’s new­est grand­stand, The Princess Royal Stand, which opened in 2015 as part of a £45 mil­lion rede­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

As The Show­case gets un­der­way, it sig­nals the of­fi­cial start of the 2018/19 sea­son here at Chel­tenham which al­ways prom­ises the per­fect day out with its win­ning mix of world-class sport­ing ac­tion, great hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages, en­ter­tain­ment, top-class food and drink out­lets and the chance to back the win­ner of the day.

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