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The Cheltenham Festival was first organised at a racecourse on Prestbury Park in 1902 (© Lesley Rigg / Shutterstock.com)

Cheltenham Festival by numbers

Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the Jump season, with an unbeatable atmosphere, hospitality and racing
"150,000,000 - The amount of money, in pounds sterling, bet on the Cheltenham Festival every year"

Cheltenham Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about Jump racing

Cheltenham Festival delivers an unbelievable occasion as the finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours, their reputations and over £4.1 million of the prize money. The festival starts with Champion Day on Tuesday 15th March and runs until Gold Cup Day on Friday 19th March


3,420,850 - The amount of prize money, in pounds sterling, that was awarded at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

236,472 - The number of pints of Guinness knocked back by spectators at the Cheltenham Festival every year.

67,500 - The maximum capacity of the Cheltenham Racecourse spectator facilities.

58,000 - Average attendance each day of the Cheltenham Festival.

30 – The number of extra Ryanair flights scheduled to cater for the Festival.

10,000 - The number of Irish racing fans who travel to Prestbury Park every year to watch the Cheltenham Festival.

8,000 – The number of sticky toffee puddings eaten each year at the Festival.

5,940 - The distance in feet run during the National Hunt Cup, the Cheltenham Festival’s long distance race.

2001 - The only year, besides the periods during the two World Wars, that the Cheltenham Festival has been cancelled.

1934 - The year Golden Miller became the first horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in a single season.

1902 - The year the Cheltenham Festival was first organised at a racecourse on Prestbury Park.

150,000,000 - The amount of money, in pounds sterling, bet on the Cheltenham Festival every year.

27 - The number of national hunt races run at the Cheltenham Festival.

22 - The number of fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

7 - The most wins by a jockey – Ruby Walsh – in a single year since the Cheltenham Festival expanded to 25 races in 2005.

5 - The most consecutive victories by a racehorse in any Cheltenham Festival race, achieved by Golden Miller in the Cheltenham Gold Cup between 1932 and 1936.

4 - The number of feature races run at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle.

2 - The shortest distance raced at the Cheltenham Festival, in miles.


Win an evening at The Fox Inn for the Cheltenham Races

The Fox Inn, Great Barrington, has teamed up with OXcountry to offer readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two including dinner on Wednesday the 16th of March 2016. The competition is in celebration of the Cheltenham Races and the beginning of the Jump Season. To take the ease off travelling, if you are attending Ladies Day Races on the 16th or St Patricks Day Races on the 17th, stay overnight in one of The Fox Inn’s luxury rooms and be treated to home cooked quality food in comfortable relaxed surroundings.


Travel and drinks are excluded
Competition applies for the evening of 16th March 2016

To enter, email your details to jack@fyne.co.uk with the subject “Fox Competition”.

Competition closes 9th March


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