06th October 2017

We’re Under Starter’s Orders

Adrenaline. Passion. Euphoria. Cheltenham. As we enter the month of October, the days get shorter, the temperature gets colder and the racing just gets better. We are only a few weeks away from The Showcase, which means Jump Racing finally returns to its spiritual home. The tweed coats can be dusted off and trilby hats grabbed from the shelf, as we tighten our girths for what promises to be another incredible season.

Last weekend saw the celebration of South West Jump Racing at The McCoy awards. Dresses were donned and champagne was poured as we applauded the talents of last season in the South West. The biggest names in the sport were rewarded, including the Paul Nicholls team, JP McManus, Noel Fehily and Ollie McPhail won the Outstanding Contritbution to Racing Award. Equine heroes were also recognised such as Many Clouds and Sizing John to name just a few. See full results here.

The evening celebrated all that is great about racing within the South West, and ended with thoughts turning to future stars and performances. Course favourites, The Chip Shop Boys finished the show off in true Cheltenham style with a dance floor full of racing fans fuelled by excitement for the year ahead.


Following the success of Friday night, our thoughts turn to the new season. The podium has been upgraded, the fences have been prepped, and the famous roar is waiting to be heard. Cheltenham epitomises Jump Racing and as we return this month, for racegoers, it will feel like Christmas. There will be Junior Jumpers picking a winner, unaware that they have caught the racing bug and those that remember Cheltenham ‘back in the day’ telling tales of their first visit. Each person with a memory to share, and all making one more. Everyone feeling the excitement as the flag is dropped and for a moment anyone could win. Feeling the adrenaline as four leading hurdlers fly over the final flight together before making that perilous climb up the famous Cheltenham hill.

Cheltenham really is a place like no other, and we cannot wait for you to step back through those gates. The Showcase promises to provide a fantastic spectacle as heroes from The Festival™ such as Defi Du Seuil are rumoured to begin their season campaign here, ahead of The November Meeting next month.

I’ll be there, will you?