Cheltenham Festival: From Form to Food
Following the Cheltenham Festival trials, the Cheltenham Festival itself, now less than 7 weeks away, is approaching at a canter. Many horses have now ran their final race before their festival itself and winning jockeys from the Cheltenham Festival Trials will be hoping to carry their form into the main event.
Sprinter Sacre left rivals trailing with a barnstorming victory in the Victor Chandler Chase, finishing a comfortable 14 lengths ahead of 50-1 outsider Mad Moose. Meanwhile, 2010 Gold Cup champion Imperial Commander made a promising come back in the Argento Chase. The 12 year old, out with injury since pulling up at the 2011 Gold Cup showed plenty of his old zest coming within a whisker of victory before being edged out by Cape Tribulation. Imperial Commander now heads to the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup with owner Nigel Twiston-Davies bullish about his horse’s chances of being the first 12 year-old to win the event since 1969, “The dream lives on, let’s not get too bogged down by age.” Elsewhere, Rolling Star was immediately installed as the 5/1 favourite for the Cheltenham Festival Triumph Hurdle following an excellent British debut for Nicky Henderson in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. In Irish action, Hurricane Fly consolidated his favourite tag for the Cheltenham champion hurdle with a comfortable win in the Irish Champion Hurdle.
With four days of festival action and ever fluctuating odds, the Cheltenham Festival is a punter’s haven. Form, pedigree and the going all factor into the considerations of the seasoned gambler. However Cheltenham Racecourse is a famously tough track and the challenging twists and turns make Lady Luck all the more essential in this enthralling course that tests both horse and rider to the limit.
Cheltenham Festival Hospitality
The compelling action produces an electric atmosphere and the racecourse is a stunning natural amphitheatre. But the Festival atmosphere is more than just the action on the track. Chelltenham Festival has a great social atmosphere, enriched by an extravagant Ladies Day and the travelling Irish fans who celebrate St Patrick’s Day on the Thursday of this year’s festival. This jewel in the racing calendar also enjoys fantastic hospitality, with the menu selections just as mouth-watering as the action. Team Tactics offer fantastic hospitality facilities including complimentary drinks, afternoon tea and celebrity and jockey tipsters in a range of packages. See here for a taste of our hospitality menus.
From the exhilarating action to the exquisite cuisine, the 2013 Cheltenham Festival promises to be another week to savour.