The Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup Semi Finals Day | Chester Racecourse

The Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup

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  • General Admission - Free Of Charge

    The polo is the perfect opportunity to gather a few friends, pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, on semi-finals day see the oldest and most exhilarating team sport, pitch side free of charge.

  • Polo Marquee From £120 +VAT

    For visitors looking for an extra special Polo experience, Chester’s luxurious hospitality marquee offers VIP treatment fit for a Royal. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Champagne and once seated, given a brief introduction to the game of Polo followed by delicious three- course lunch accompanied by wine. After dining, take a seat on the picket fenced terrace, offering a front row seat to the action for £120+VAT per person. All of the above with the addition of a Cheeseboard to enjoy after your meal for a Premium Polo Hospitality Package for £128+VAT per person. 

At Chester Polo Club, tournaments consist of two matches on the Friday (semi- finals), followed by two matches on the Saturday (Finals day).

Each match consists of four “Chukka’s” with a short interval between Chukka’s. After the second Chukka, half time is called and “Divot Stomping” takes place- a long-standing half-time tradition. An unknown person will place a silver cork on the pitch and whoever finds it whilst divot stomping with receive a grand prize. Each day guests are also invited to participate in Divot stomping Spectators converge on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the pony’s hooves. It becomes, without fail, a quite festive few minutes. As spectators reenact the infamous scene from “Pretty Woman” in a stylish array of beautiful dress’ and matching hat. 

Other traditions include nominating the Most Valuable Player – similarly awarded as Man of The Match in Football, this award is deemed to be the player who has performed the best throughout the tournament and is decided normally in the final match.  It is not just the Players that are awarded for skill though, The Best Playing Pony is awarded to the pony who has shown the best performance of speed and agility throughout the tournament.



Offering an unrivalled location and value for money, complementary WiFi and parking as standard; our onsite accommodation is provided by Holiday Inn Express Chester Racecourse. Please call 01244 327900 to enquire about booking.

Food & Drink

You are welcome to enjoy a picnic whilst watching all the action from the sidelines. There will also be a selection of food and drink outlets provided by Horseradish. Alternatively, you can book one of our exclusive hospitality packages

Dress Code

General Admission ticket holders and spectators are advised to dress for the weather, whereas guests to the hospitality tent are asked to adhere to smart casual attire, gentlemen are required to bring a jacket or blazer for the hospitality tent, strictly no trainers.


There will be FREE on-site parking. 

Gate Opening Times

Gates open at 11.30am. The first semi-final will begin at around 14.00