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Cheltenham Racecourse April Meeting: All you need to know

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

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Top jockeys are heading to Cheltenham Racecourse for their last chance to ride at the world-famous course this season.

The April Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday is the final fixture at Prestbury Park during the 2013-2014 campaign for professional riders, including champion AP McCoy and Festival winners Richard Johnson, Barry Geraghty and Sam Twiston-Davies.

Though more low key than the Festival last month, the meeting always attracts leading owners, trainers and jockeys hoping to sign off with victory at Cheltenham.

There are seven races on each of the two days, with the first race scheduled to start at 2.05pm and the last at 5.30pm. Gates to the course open at 12noon on both days.

The multi-million pound development of the new grandstand is now under way, so some areas of the course will be closed.

The area around the Tote Terrace will be cordoned off and the Lawn Bar will be unavailable to owners and trainers. Information about alternative facilities will be published in the race card.

The area around the Hurdler’s Hall, the See You Then Bar and the Betfred betting shop at the top of the paddock will also be closed to the public, but replacement facilities will be provided.

Easter eggs will be given away to children by the Gloucestershire Echo on both days of the meeting. Some 800 Easter eggs will be available in the Tattersalls/Club enclosure and 200 in the Best Mate enclosure each day, distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Children under the age of 18 receive free access to the course, and parents can also take advantage of the free crèche facility on offer during the day.

The next meeting after the April meeting at Prestbury Park is the Hunter Chase Evening for amateur riders on Wednesday, April 30.

Cheltenham Racecourse:

Cheltenham Racecourse in Prestbury is on the outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham.

The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world’s pre-eminent Jump Racing meeting, The Festival, which takes place in March every year.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural amphitheatre and offers the highest quality action throughout the Jump season.

Cheltenham has been voted Britain’s Racecourse of the Year for the last 10 years by members of the Racegoers Club.

Between 1972 and 2013, there have been 41 Racecourse of the Year Awards voted for by Racegoers Club members and Cheltenham Racecourse has achieved the top accolade on 19 occasions.

Follow the action via Twitter: @CheltenhamRaces and Facebook.com/thehomeofjumpracing.

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