Talking Horses: Cheltenham counts cost of winter behind closed doors

By: Greg Wood Wednesday 23 September 2

The racecourse is expected to lose at least £15m in revenue with spectators unlikely to be admitted on 13 of its 16 racedays

Cheltenham racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, is expected to face a loss of at least £15m in ticket revenue alone following Tuesday’s announcement that paying spectators are almost certain to be absent from British racecourses for the next six months.

The period to the end of March 2021 includes all but three of Cheltenham’s 16 annual race days, and all of the major fixtures during the winter campaign including the three-day BetVictor Gold Cup in November, the International meeting the following month and the National Hunt Festival in mid-March.

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