Racegoers say neigh to Cheltenham
Published 08/03/2010 | 05:00
CASH-conscious punters are cautious about taking a gamble on travelling to this year's Cheltenham festival.
Many dedicated racing fans who make a bee-line for the track each year have signed up for their annual pilgrimage.
But there has been a marked fall-off among those who took a 'second holiday' at the festival during the Celtic Tiger years.
Bookings from some travel operators bringing racegoers to meetings have so far shown the number of Irish fans travelling down by as much as 25pc.
Newbridge Travel confirmed numbers were down up to 25pc on last year but they anticipated late bookings.
"It is one of those trips that is considered an extra, it is a trip guys are not doing as they can get a holiday for the family instead," a spokeswoman said.
Tully's Travel confirmed their regular travellers were going but there had been a fall-off in corporate and groups of friends taking a social trip.
They expect to bring over around 900 people this year, with numbers down around 10pc. This compares with around 1,500 in recent years.