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16 Mar 22 07:06
Date Joined: 22 Sep 06
| Topic/replies: 54,841 | Blogger: irishone's blog
Course cant handle it
Pushing , shoving for a view, a beer or a pi55
80,000 thursday friday sell out
Crazy £7 a beer prices
All black servers , white supervisors
Another dead horse !
The place is going downhill fast
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Report layingisthewayforward March 16, 2022 7:32 AM GMT
For someone who dislikes cheltenham so much, you spend an awful lot of time on the cheltenham forum.
Report Ibrahima Sonko March 16, 2022 9:52 AM GMT
Thought it was fine yesterday, bit of queuing in the bookies but the arkle bar was easy to get served in.
Report Ibrahima Sonko March 16, 2022 10:13 PM GMT
I would not have enjoyed being there today.
Report irishone March 17, 2022 7:31 AM GMT
I was there and it was a sh1t day
Vast majority found a watering hole with a T V and didnt venture out
The stands under cover were like cans of sardines
Can't handle 60 thousand there on a good day
Let alone weather like that
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! March 17, 2022 7:54 PM GMT
A record 73k today at Chelters
Thought there were crowd limits
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! March 17, 2022 7:57 PM GMT
Just the 63k for Ladies day
Report cobra sam March 18, 2022 9:37 AM GMT
some people just like moaning...doomsday merchants
Report irishone March 19, 2022 2:09 PM GMT
I did an afternoon in the best mate four years ago......

irishone17 Mar 18 05:00Joined: 22 Sep 06 | Topic/replies: 48,082 | Blogger: irishone's blog
the place changes a little every year
and now its vastly different to what it was just ten years
over 60,000 there each day now , still crammed in at times
the bands in the best mate enclosure have become bigger attractions
than the horses for many drunk young ones... mmmmmm
the closing of the centaur bars after an hour from the last race is dissapointing

That is now the situation in the Tattersalls area. I had to push through it a couple of times. Drunken gangs of louts singing, shouting ,seeking attention. Fortunately the members is still mainly people who go forthe horses not the  beer,not the bands, not the fashion parade.Looking at a box next year .....if at all !
Report Hibore March 19, 2022 7:03 PM GMT
Another 4 day festival completed. Cheltenham do a great job accommodating so many people each year.
Members bars were easy to get drinks and food. I went between the Insurance bar as purchased a seat this year and bookie “pod” in the Orchard area. Both had plenty of room and great atmosphere…jumping from bar to bar in Club is a recipe for disaster in my experience.
Wednesday was incredibly wet and I didn’t move from the “pod” all day like many others.
We all booked into the Parade Ring view restaurant on the Friday @ £660 and this was poor value as service was very slow, food only average and couldn’t even see the parade ring as shielded by the big stone staircase and bridge. I went back to the Insurance bar and my seat outside after the Albert Bartlett.

In general a great week again meeting up with good friends and making some new ones.

Cheltenham well done for putting on the best NH Show on earth.
Report GoBallistic March 20, 2022 8:56 AM GMT
We were in Tatts all week. Tue was ok, not much you can do about Wed weather but Thu and Fri were ridiculous - like the sardine tin experience from more than a decade ago when they only had a fraction of the space they have now. I thought they were limiting the capacity these days but obviously that has been scrapped in favour of coining it in to the max. Certainly seemed to be loads of room in club - acres in fact for the corporate crowd and more areas where they keep the riffraff out now e.g. you used to be able to stretch your legs and wander round the shopping stalls with a Tatts ticket but not any more. Wifi which had been a lot better in recent years was patchy at best, in some areas of the course phones were completely useless. Might as well have been in the Best Mate enclosure on the other side of the track - at least over there most of the idiots are packed into a big tent at the back and out of the way. Overall I think I enjoyed it more sat at home watching it on tv last year. If it goes to 5 days next year that will be a good excuse to miss a day or two
Report jimnast March 20, 2022 2:24 PM GMT
A pretty good summing up go ballistic I thought Thursday was worse than Friday ,thought Tuesday was great proper national hunt punters.
Report irishone March 20, 2022 2:56 PM GMT
The irony was

Lots of people not there forthe racing, just wanted a Photo with friends for watsup, facebook or twatter, beer r the bands.

Yet in the paddock there were owners and trainers , knew their horse had no chance but also had to be seen to be there their eyes.
Report jimnast March 22, 2022 2:32 PM GMT
The crowd on the first day of the Dublin festival caught many by surprise including the racecourse who in fairness have acknowledged it.
Report irishone March 22, 2022 7:53 PM GMT
Dublin is far better
4 euros for a pint of guinness and how many grade ones ?
Cheltenham miles behind
Report jimnast March 23, 2022 7:30 AM GMT
My post was regarding the type of people who were there on the Saturday .

I do agree from a cost point of view leopardstown is all round much better value.
Report GoBallistic March 24, 2022 2:12 PM GMT
Don't know if this is old news but seems like next year will be 4 days after all given that the dates have been announced and tickets on sale

Tatts tickets up another £7 each day.  £195 total => £223 total (14% increase). £50 for a Best Mate ticket on friday, a year in advance Laugh
Report irishone March 24, 2022 2:36 PM GMT
Extortionate !
Report Hibore March 28, 2022 7:34 PM BST
layingisthewayforward 16 Mar 22 08:32

For someone who dislikes cheltenham so much, you spend an awful lot of time on the cheltenham forum.

Brilliant Wink
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