Wear your Christmas jumper for a festive day at the races
By Mark Owen | 28th November 2018
Cheltenham Racecourse will celebrate Christmas Jumper Day and encourage all racegoers to don their festive jumper on day one of The International Meeting, Friday 14 December.
Racegoers will have the chance of winning on the spot prizes for the most fun and festive jumper and prizes will include a pair tickets to any of the forthcoming race meetings including The Festival™, presented by Magners.
Two great days of racing are scheduled to warm the cockles with seven races each day in what will no doubt provide some thrilling action on the course.
It's always a festive Friday at The International as racegoers are treated to the finale of the Crystal Cup. The race concludes a series of unique races across Europe which encapsulates and celebrates the rich heritage of the sport. The 2017 running saw the Gordon Elliott trained Bless The Wings win The Glenfarclas cross Country Handicap. Drawing clear by 2 and a half lengths under Davy Russell to beat Cantlow.
As racegoers return on Saturday, December 15, they will be greeted by Midlife Choir-Sis who will be singing Christmas carols to maintain the festive mood plus there will be performances in The Centaur from The Hip Cats. The feature race of the fixture is the Unibet International Hurdle and stands as a hugely significant race in its own right. It's also one of the leading trials for The Festival Unibet Hurdle in March. Another highlight for are the two feature races, the Unibet International Hurdle and the December Gold Cup.
Alongside the racing, racegoers will also get the chance to browse the stands in The Shopping Village, useful for those last minute Christmas presents.
Gates open at 10am on both days, with the first race at 12.10pm.
In addition, Cheltenham Racecourse will be hosting two Christmas Parties each evening of The International in The Centaur, with a Great Gatsby Theme. Tickets to the party, which features a delicious three course Festive menu, a casino and live dancing and music three piece 1920's band, Jivinmissdaisy. Tickets for the Great Gatsby Christmas Party cost just £70 per person.
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