The luck of the Irish - have a flutter and celebrate St Patrick's day 2011 at the races with Hothouse Flowers

Posted: 2nd March 2011
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Cheltenham Racecourse is synonymous with great days out and the annual Festival is no exception. From 15th to 18th, you can witness the cream of the horse-racing world, as well as all the pizzazz and grandeur that goes with it. This year there is a Centenary Day (15th) to celebrate 100 years of Cheltenham, a Ladies Day on the 16th - a fashion highlight and the huge Gold Cup Day on the 18th.

Additionally, two important events in the social calendar combine on 17th March to create what could be a lucrative or heart-breaking day, depending on your luck and skill. St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham features a full race-card as well as food, drink and a convivial atmosphere, plus a bit of gambling and smiles/tears (delete where appropriate).

As part of the admission price, there is also a concert from Hothouse Flowers. They were rarely out of the album charts in the latter part of the '80s and early '90s - "People" spawned the classic singles "Don't Go", "I'm Sorry" and "Easier In The Morning" and "Home" featured "Give It Up" and "I Can See Clearly Now". You can expect a few of these, new songs and a welter of traditional Irish music to set the evening off just right.

Tickets for St Patrick's Day are tiered three ways - £22.50 gets you a Best Mate Enclosure ticket (basic admission, betting etc opposite the main stands plus the concert), £37 for a Tattersall Enclosure ticket (full betting, catering, enclosure and village admission, plus concert) and the Club Enclosure option (all access, best views, best everything - plus the concert).

Proceeds throughout the day will go to Cancer Research UK and don't forget to bet responsibly!

Paul Pledger