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.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Weather
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is expected to start on soft ground, with further rain forecast ahead of Day One.
The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 10th 2020 and with 24 hours until the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse was anticipating 4-5mm of rain.
However, the forecast calls for improving conditions throughout the week, and a change in the official Cheltenham going could come by Thursday ahead of Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Speaking on Sunday evening, Claisse said: “We had 4mm overnight in line with the forecast so we took the good to soft in places out of the Old and New courses and it is reported then as soft. The cross-country remains soft, heavy in places.
“The forecast is for a dry period until mid-afternoon on Monday and then we may get another 4-5mm Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday morning. If that’s the case I think it will be soft ground for the first race on Tuesday.”
The Old Course stages racing on the first two days of the meeting, with the New Course taking over for days three and four.
“Beyond the rainfall Monday night into Tuesday, there’s only a millimetre or two a day showing on the forecast and I think we’ll end up with good to soft back in the description by Thursday or Friday,” Claisse added.
On Monday, the Met Office predicted highs of 13c for Tuesday’s racing, with double figures forecast for all four days.