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The International - brisk winter afternoons of racing to welcome in the Christmas period

 

WITH winter fully underway, Cheltenham Racecourse will open its doors next month at this year’s International, which takes place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December, 2018.

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.

On Saturday there are 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!

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. To book shared or private tables call 01242 539 538 or email cheltenhamevents@thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Gates open at 10am on both days, with the first race at 12.10pm.

For details on the racing please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0344 579 3003 to book tickets.

A full list of the 2018/2019 season fixtures can be found below;

THE NOVEMBER MEETING
Friday, 16 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Sunday, 18 November 2018

THE INTERNATIONAL
Friday, 14 December 2018
Saturday, 15 December 2018

NEW YEAR’S DAY
Tuesday, 1 January 2019

FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY
Saturday, 26 January 2019

THE FESTIVAL
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Friday, 15 March 2019

THE APRIL MEETING
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Thursday, 18 April 2019

RACENIGHT, FEATURING HUNTER CHASE RACING
Friday 3 May 2019


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