Set within a natural amphitheatre, deep within the Cotswolds, Cheltenham racecourse provides the ultimate test of speed and stamina across two distinctive courses.

A 67,500 capacity crowd fills the grandstands on each of the four days of the Cheltenham Festival, flanking the course’s distinctive heart shaped layout, made up of three individual courses and 26 obstacles in total.

Days one and two focus on the old course, with the key fences being two and three, both taken on the run downhill before the turn into the home straight.

The New Course features a difficult downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechases than the Old Course, with most of the hurdles in races over two miles taken within the early stages of the race, as just two hurdles exist within the final seven furlongs.

Cheltenham also features a cross-country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse.

The popularity of the Cheltenham Festival has led to numerous developments at the course in recent years, with the construction of the new “Best Mate” enclosure in 2004 at a cost of £3m.

The pick of the viewing however remains in the Tattersall’s and Club stands, providing great views of the action, including the all important winning post.

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