With the winter months closing in, for horse racing fans that marks the return of one thing. Jump Season. That’s right National Hunt racing is back and it will bring the return of some of the biggest horse racing festivals this country has to offer. From Cheltenham to Aintree, trainers from all over the UK and Ireland will be bringing their fastest horses in the hope that they can win some of the UK’s most prestigious meetings.
So what meetings will there be?
The first big festival of the 2023/24 season will be Cheltenham Festival held from the 12th March until the 15th March 2024. With four days of scintillating races, the non-stop action will have fanatics on the edge of their seats all week.
Fancy watching it in hospitality? Engage Hospitality offer a package for each of the four days where you can dine in the presence of some of the sport’s greats while watching the racing from the VIP suite. An incredible atmosphere with a large Irish support party as well as other horse-racing lovers travelling from all over Britain to join the celebrations of one of the most anticipated events in the racing calendar.
The second big festival, and arguably the biggest of them all, the Grand National at Aintree. A three day event with the main race falling on the Saturday afternoon. This year’s event will take place from the 11th April until the 13th April and will see ‘The World’s Greatest Steeplechase’ as millions will tune in to watch.
With Engage Hospitality’s multiple packages on sale, you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Engage are offering hospitality including the Tiger Roll Suite the Horse and Groom both with views of the parade ring and the Sunloch Restaurant with views of the iconic racecourse.
What about this season’s favourites?
Now if you’re planning on attending any of these memorable meetings this Jump Season you’ll want to know which horses to keep an eye on. Here are just a few who you might want to consider putting your money towards.
First up is one of the star novice hurdlers from last season, Inthepocket. Trained by Henry de Bromhead, Inthepocket had his big win last season at Aintree as he was victorious over Olly Murphy’s Strong Leader in the Grade 1 Top Novices’ Hurdle. He will certainly be one to watch throughout the season and could be a contender at both Cheltenham and once again Aintree.
Of course, you can’t dismiss the 2023 Grand National winner Corach Rambler as a favourite once again for this season. Piloted by Derek Fox, it was a three length victory for Corach Rambler over Vanillier. Trainer Lucinda Russell said she was likely to aim him once again at the Grand National this season and was confident that he would be able to turn his early season poor form around by April.
As mentioned last year’s runner-up Vanillier could be another contender for the Grand National. Gavin Cromwell will be determined to avenge his heartbreak from last season and will hope for a victory in this year’s event. It remains to be seen who will be jockey for Vanillier again this year, however, if it is to be Sean Flanagan, he will be just as keen as Cromwell to go one better than 2023.
Martin Brassil’s Fastorslow is another favourite for both the Grand National and Cheltenham festivals. The seven year old horse boasts an impressive 2023 with a 5th place, 2nd place and a victory at Punchestown. The horse was also runner up to Corach Rambler in the Cheltenham Old in a field of 23 runners. Brassil will be determined to beat Lucinda Russell’s horse at both events this season.
You can’t have a favourites list without including Constitution Hill. Described as one of the best hurdlers of all time, Constitution Hill is unbeaten throughout his hurdling career. After winning the 2023 Champion Hurdle, there is no doubt he has cemented his position in the argument as one of the greats. With that said, trainer Nicky Henderson knows he needs to add the Gold Cup to his collection to be considered as one of the best, however, it’s safe to say he will be one to watch throughout the 2023/24 season.
So there you have it, a wonderful prospect of some exciting racing on show in Spring 2024. Treat yourself and spend it with Engage Hospitality and witness the most iconic races from the luxury of the best seats in the house.