Cheltenham Festival, one of the most important events in horseracing, is back after being hit by two pandemics.
David Williams, the Director for Public Affairs at The Rank Group which operates Grosvenor Casinos, Mecca Bingo, is one example.
Williams, who has worked with a number of gambling organisations, including Ladbrokes and Britbet, is responsible for The Rank Group’s politically facing activities, including the management of regulatory frameworks and parliamentary engagement strategies. His role includes building effective relationships with outside stakeholders.
On attending this year’s festival, he exclusively told Gambling Insider: “It’s been the longest two years that any of us can remember, but returning to Cheltenham, for many of us, feels like coming home. There is nothing more life-affirming than a day in the sunshine with 70,000 other people determined to have nothing but a rattling good time.”
This year’s Cheltenham Festival has featured a number of significant moments across the 28-race, four-day event.
Tiger Roll, the legendary horse that won two Grand Nationals as well as five races at Cheltenham on a combined total of six races, ended his career after losing in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase.
Paddy Power sent out a large retirement card to punters, which they could sign and then send their well-wishes.
Rachael Blackmore, a female jockey, became the first to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is the most highly regarded race on the calendar.