Cheltenham Racecourse also known as Prestbury Park has a scenic location in a natural amphitheatre just beneath Cleeve Hill and has a capacity of 67,500 spectators. It’s often said that racecourse has its own micro-climate and weather system and it’s true that it’s often colder than the town centre.
There are three separate courses. The Old Course and the New Course run along side each other and there is a Cross-Country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse. The New Course has a tricky downhill fence and a longer run-in for chases than the Old Course. Hurdle races over two miles on the New Course also have a slight peculiarity in that most of the hurdles are jumped early on in the race with only two hurdles being jumped in the last seven furlongs.
On Friday 13 November 2015 Cheltenham Racecourse opened its new £45m 6,500-capacity Princess Royal Stand which marked the completion of a large-scale redevelopment of the course.