How the Cheltenham Festival Will Be Different This Year

How the Cheltenham Festival Will Be Different This Year

By on Mar 1, 2021 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

As the premium supplier of equine bedding, P.H Winterton regularly deal with horse owners, plus some who could be involved in this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

The flagship event for racegoers was one of the last mass participation events before the first Coronavirus lockdown last year, and this year will certainly be different with no crowds at Prestbury Park being the main difference.

For this blog, we will explain the ways the Cheltenham Festival will change in 2021.

How Attendances Will Be Restricted Plus Other Changes

Attendance will be restricted to staff who are essential to the care of the horses and the smooth running of the racecourse plus vastly reduced media presence.

Reduced entourages will be allowed for each runner but this does not extend to the bill-paying owner.

Biosecurity measures will also be implemented surrounding those challengers travelling over from Ireland, with special zones created adjacent to the racecourse stables where every groom, trainer and jockey must stay while not exercising or racing their horses.

The final casualty will be the absence of amateur riders which means that the National Hunt Chase, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase and the Hunters’ Chase (no longer the Foxhunters’) will all now feature professional jockeys.

The programme will also change, with the novice handicap chase disappearing from the Tuesday card, with the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase from Friday replacing it.

The Leading Suppliers of Equine Bedding

Whether you are racing at the Cheltenham Festival or not this year, you will still need the best equine bedding for your horses – which is where PH Winterton and Son can help. We have three ranges of equine bedding that will suit any budget or specific requirement.

Contact us if you have any questions about horse bedding or any of our other products, such as biomass fuel. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help with any queries.