Friday, 1 February 2008

Theme Day - When People Think Of Cheltenham...

...they think of the Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Racecourse holds "The Festival" every March, this year it runs from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th and will attract 230,000 race-goers over the week. The event culiminates in the Gold Cup which is the most prestigeous race of the season. Winners include Arkell and Best Mate, who have both won several times. Over 5,000 staff are employed to deal with all the punters, and these punters drink their way through 18,000 bottles of bubbly and 214,000 pints of Guinness (we get a lot of Irish visitors!). The Gold Cup Festival is worth over £50 million to Cheltenhams economy and is one of the largest annual sporting events in the country. I am ashamed to say that I've never been to the Racecourse to see any horse racing, but its something that I'd love to do. The atmosphere is apparently electric and I know I'd enjoy a bottle of bubbly too!

Take some time to visit these other Daily Photo Blogs taking part in Theme Day

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21 comments:

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Those are huge numbers, Marley. Very interesting post. 5,000 staff... Wow.

Have a nice theme day! :)

Sally said...

Marley, we have a Cheltenham here in Sydney, a fairly upper middle class suburb, and that's how I always think of the original - naice ladies in wellies, actually. There's even a (state) girls high school in Sydney's Cheltenham, sometimes referred to in jest as Cheltenham Ladies College.

Dusty Lens said...

A perfect event to potograph! Horse racing and all that Guinness!

brian said...

Nice shot. We have horseracing in Dallas but it's been several years since I've been. The betting intimidates me a little, but the people are very helpful...

Nathalie said...

Horse racing? Never made it to the French news, I'm afraid. But then the French are renown for being self-centered LOL

I'm so glad I clicked on your snow drops photo - it is indeed a beauty. The details are stupendous!

Ham said...

Hang on - you mean Cheltenham isn't always full of drunken Irish?

lynn said...

I won the Gold Cup last year! Well. Clearly not riding. Betting. Yay. Only pennies, but still...:)

edwin s said...

BANG! (that's the sound of the starter's gun)

You must go and have your bubbly, Marley. Going to a race is exciting!

Bergson said...

We miss only one photo report of these races

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Wow, that's a lot of champagne and stout!

Hyde DP said...

you and lynn are of one mind to day - i was hoping one of you might've shown us the Ladies College

Kuanyin said...

Wonderful and perfect!

Jilly said...

ah, Lynn posted the course too. Nice to see two different shots of the same place. it looks a beautiful course.

Lori said...

Wow, that looks impressive. I think you should go this year and take some photos of the races to show us!

zentmrs said...

Nice photo - Happy Theme Day!

Keropok Man said...

I think of the Cheltenham line in Australia when I see the word Cheltenham. I usually had to make sure I took the correct line. :-)

Then I will almost certainly remember that there's a Cheltenham DP by Marley too!


Happy Theme Day!

Neva said...

A very good post....I had no idea what to think of when I saw Cheltenham...now I do!!!!

Cheltenham Festival said...

The Festival is a religion! You have to go: www.cheltenhamfestival.net

Joy said...

That's a good angle. Thanks for the info and I will be sure to visit Cheltenham sometime!


Do swing by Norwich Daily Photo!

joy
A Pinay In England
The Goddess In You

Ming the Merciless said...

So do the men wear long tail coats and women, big rim heads?

What? No champagne?

Kim said...

Perhaps the place where the phrase "Go for the gold!" came to be? Fun to learn about this. I must say that I immediately recognized something familiar about the cathedral walkway you featured a few days back. How fun to poke about while the film people are in town. Thank you for sharing this!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

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