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.
There will be no spectators on track this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the weather forecast is still crucial from a punting perspective. What ground will we see at Prestbury Park?
Cheltenham Festival 2021 Weather
The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is expected to start on good to soft ground, with 15mm of rain forecast ahead of Day One.
The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 16th 2021 and Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse is anticipating 15mm of rain up to Sunday before the festival.
However, the forecast calls for improving conditions throughout the week, with the “outlook next week dry and mild” for Festival week.
The Old Course stages racing on the first two days of the meeting, with the New Course taking over for days three and four.
On Tuesday, a week out from the start of the Festival, the going is described as: Old, New & Cross Country Course: Good to Soft, Good (in places)