Sunday 23 February 2020

30 fascinating facts you didn't know about Cheltenham Festival

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

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 the 30 need-to-know numbers counting down to The Festival™ presented by Magners.


About the sponsor – Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is the jewel in jump racing’s crown, playing host to the to the most extraordinary racing action in the world, from 350 spectacular acres within the rolling Cotswold hills.

The highlight of Cheltenham Racecourse’s annual fixtures is The Festival™ presented by Magners, taking place this year from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March 2020 – for Four Days of Extraordinary racing, hospitality and entertainment.

For more information, call Cheltenham Racecourse on 0844 579 3003 or visit cheltenham.co.uk directly.



1. 100,000,000

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


2. 4,590,000

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



3. 2,400,000

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


4. 625,000

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



5. 134,600

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


6. 80,000

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


7. 70,000

The maximum capacity at Cheltenham on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.


8. 65,000

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



9. 45,000

Bread rolls eaten at The Festival in 2015.


10. 45,000

Afternoon teas served to customers at The Festival 2015.



11. 36,500

Vehicles parked over the four days.


12. 21,120

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


13. 8,000+

Gallons of tea and coffee served.


14. 7,200

The price to hire one of the brand new Pods in The Orchard – which can accommodate between 12 and 20 guests.



15. 5,936

The number of staff employed over The Festival.


16. 2001

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



17. 1934

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


18. 350

The number of chefs on site.


19. 100

Helicopter movements per day.


20. 30

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



21. 28

The number of National Hunt races run at The Festival.


22. 22

The number of fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup.



23. 9

Tons of potatoes consumed during The Festival.


24. 7

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



25. 6

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


26. 5

Tons of smoked and fresh salmon consumed at The Festival.



27. 5

The number of feature races run during The Festival, including the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Unibet Champion Hurdle, the Ryanair Chase and SunBets Stayers’ Hurdle.


28. 4

The amount of high profile DJs playing at this year’s brand new social and entertainment enclosure The Park, which includes BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw; Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore; Capital FM’s Roman Kemp; and Capital FM’s Marvin Humes.


29. 2

The shortest distance raced at The Festival, in miles.


30. 1


There is only one original 1924 Gold Cup that can be won in the 2020 race!


For more information about The Festival™ presented by Magners, see Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, call 0844 579 3003 or visit cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

© SoGlos
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