Festival Racing Tour 2004
Day 1 (March 13th) Depart US from nearest international airport.
Day 2 (March 14th) Arrive at London Gatwick airport, where you
will be met by your guides, former Steeplechase jockey and trainer
Gerry Russell and steeplechase trainer Peter Levendis. Coach
to Kings Hotel on Brighton seafront. Rest of the day is free
to sightsee. Dinner included.
Day 3 (March 15th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Coach to Plumpton
Races stopping for lunch (included) on the way. Plumpton, a
beautiful little track where your guide rode in his first race.
Return to Hotel, evening free to sightsee (dinner included).
Day 4 (March 16th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Coach to Cheltenham
for its day of 2004 Festival meeting. "They're off" prompts
a vast roar from the stands and the waiting is over as the runners
for the Supreme Novices Hurdle charge towards the first. The second
race, the Irish Independent Arkle Chase, is the two-mile Championship
for novices and then all eyes are on the contenders for the Smurfit
Champion Hurdle. All being well, Rooster Booster will be bidding for
back-to-back titles against the best British, Irish, and French racers.
Three more top class races complete a brilliant occasion. Return to
Hotel, stopping for Dinner (included).
Day 5 (March 17th) After breakfast at hotel (included), coach to Cheltenham.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase attracts the World's fastest steeplechasers
and will be won through a touch of genius or bravery. The Royal &
Sun Alliance Hurdle and Chase are the Championship events for novices
and the Coral Cup provides the ultimate test for punters. The program
also includes the race that started this whole event, the National
Hunt Chase and the Weatherbys Festival Bumper that could see a top
Flat jockey making a rare appearance at Cheltenham. Return to Hotel,
stopping for dinner (included).
Day 6 (March 18th) After breakfast at the hotel (included), coach
to Cheltenham for final day of 2004 festival meeting. Forty years
on from the day Arkle sprinted away from Mill House to win his first
of three titles, Best Mate could be welcomed back to the winner's
enclosure having equaled that record. A great deal needs to be achieved
before that moment with leading contenders queuing up to be crowned
champion. The prospect is truly compelling and the Tote Cheltenham
Gold Cup is just one of the seven brilliant races on the card. The
day gets under way with the JCB Triumph Hurdle and closes with the
Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle. Return to hotel for dinner (included).
Day 7 (March 19th) After breakfast at hotel (included), coach to Sherlock
Holmes Hotel London, stopping for Pub Lunch (included). Rest of the
day free to sightsee and perhaps take in a West End show.
Day 8 (March 20th) Breakfast at Hotel (included). Option 1 ($2385,
$265 single supplement): Coach to airport for flight home. Includes
round trip airfare from your nearest airport, hotels, admissions,
parking, meals as listed on the itinerary, transportation and tour
2 ( $2695 double occupancy $395 single supplement): Stay a couple
extra days. Includes round trip airfares, hotels, parking, admissions,
meals as listed on itinerary and tour guide. Day 8 free for sightseeing.
Day 9 (March 21st) After breakfast at Hotel (included), coach to
Tweezledown Point to Point, stopping for lunch (included). Enjoy
an afternoon's racing at one of England's best Point to Point courses.
Coach to Hotel. Dinner (included) at The Globe
Day 10 (March 22nd) After breakfast at hotel (included), coach to
airport for flight home.
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