30 fascinating facts you didn't know about Cheltenham Festival

Discover 30 fun facts and figures about Cheltenham Festival, including the millions of pounds spent, number of helicopters hovering over town and even how many tons of salmon and cheese are consumed!

During the Cheltenham Festival, millions of pounds are spent, thousands of cups of tea are served but there's only one Gold Cup to be won!

From the millions of pounds bet each year and whopping prize money up for grabs, to the year it all began and the number of fences jumped during Cheltenham Gold Cup, discover 30 need-to-know numbers as we count down to this year's Cheltenham Festival.


The Gloucestershire economic impact of Cheltenham Festival each year, in millions of pounds sterling.


The record amount of prize money on offer at Cheltenham Festival 2018; the most of any jump festival in the world, with over £1,000,000 won each day.


The amount of money taken from the cash machines at Cheltenham Festival in 2019.


The prize money available for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in pounds sterling.


People using Cheltenham Spa train station over the four days of racing.


The number of movements between Cheltenham Racecourse and town on the shuttle bus service.


The maximum capacity at Cheltenham Racecourse on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.


Average attendance over the four-day period of Cheltenham Festival.


Bread rolls eaten at Cheltenham Festival in 2015.


Afternoon teas served to customers at Cheltenham Festival in 2015.


Vehicles parked over the four days.


The distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase, Cheltenham Festival’s longest race.


Gallons of tea and coffee served.


The price to hire one of the Pods in The Orchard at Cheltenham Festival in 2020. 


The number of staff employed over Cheltenham Festival.


The only year, besides the periods during the two World Wars, that Cheltenham Festival was cancelled – and it was due to foot-and-mouth disease.


The year Golden Miller became the first horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in a single season.


The number of chefs on site.


Helicopter movements per day.


The number of extra flights put on by Ryanair on the Dublin to Birmingham route during the Cheltenham Festival period, with around 20,000 customers using Ryanair.


The number of National Hunt races run at Cheltenham Festival.


The number of fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Tons of potatoes consumed during Cheltenham Festival.


The most wins by a jockey, Ruby Walsh, in a single year.


The most consecutive victories by a horse in any Cheltenham Festival race; Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle between 2009 and 2014.


Tons of smoked and fresh salmon consumed at Cheltenham Festival.


The number of feature races run during Cheltenham Festival, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, the Steeple Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle.


The number of days Cheltenham Festival takes place over - with Champion Day on Tuesday 14; Festival Wednesday on Wednesday 15; St Patrick's Thursday on Thursday 16; and Gold Cup Day on Friday 17 March 2023. 


The shortest distance raced at Cheltenham Festival, in miles.


There is only one original 1924 Gold Cup that can be won!

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