Early discounts available for racegoers

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The National Hunt season is chugging along, gradually building momentum, all eyes permanently fixed on the Cotswolds next March. The Irish flock to the Cheltenham Festival, taking place next year from March 10th to 13th, like no other event in the calendar, contributing millions of pounds on their own to the local Gloucestershire economy. Nothing brings out the largesse of the Irish like the biggest week of the jumps season.

Before the hype begins to spiral in the New Year, there are early-bird discounts to be availed of for those thinking ahead in advance. You can be guaranteed Irish jockeys, trainers and owners will have a major presence in all the big races at the festival so there’s no fear of your patriotism going to waste on a trip booked months in advance. Dusting the cobwebs off the Tricolour ahead of welcoming Irish winners back into the famous enclosure will certainly not prove hasty.

Either Willie Mullins or Gordon Elliot have claimed the title of leading trainer at the Festival every year since 2012, while Nico de Boinville became the first non-Irish jockey since 2007 to win top jockey last March.

So with Irish participation playing such a big role, why not organise your day trip to the centre of the jumps racing world in advance?

Flights

Prestbury Park is situated approximately halfway between airports in Bristol and Birmingham, though the latter has proved more popular with racegoers given its greater volume of flights to and from Ireland. Travelling from Dublin to Bristol would also require an overnight stay after racing unless you decide to cut your day of racing unnecessarily short.

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The cheapest return fare of the week from Dublin to Birmingham is on Wednesday when a return ticket costs €70.00 with Ryanair.

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