Cheltenham Festival Fun Facts

Top 16 Cheltenham Festival Fun Facts & Figures

Whether you’re anticipating the next Cheltenham Festival or reminiscing on the one just gone, we’ve compiled the top Cheltenham Festival fun facts together which are guaranteed to make you think wow!

Whilst you may already know some Cheltenham Racecourse figures and stats, we’re sure that a few of our Cheltenham Festival fun facts will surprise you.

  1. Cheltenham attracts mammoth crowds

    Every year over 260,000 racegoers flock to Prestbury Park across four day to witness the action at Cheltenham Festival!

  2. Cheltenham Festival has the second biggest race in the UK!

    The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the second biggest Jumps race in the UK, behind the illustrious Grand National only. It is run over 3 miles and 2 furlongs, with a total of 22 fences to be jumped.

  3. Cheltenham Racecourse boasts the UKs second biggest horse racing meeting!

    Cheltenham Festival is the second largest horse racing Festival in the UK, beaten only by Royal Ascot which takes place over five days.

  4. Betting firms have a field day at Cheltenham Racecourse

    Punters bets total up to around £150 million at Cheltenham Festival each year.

  5. Cheltenham Racecourse enters the tens and thousands

    On average, at least 8,000 gallons of tea and coffee are served, 220,000 pints of Irish Guinness is guzzled down, 9 tons of potatoes are consumed, 45,000 afternoon teas are served and 350 chefs are on site the Festival each year!

  6. Gloucestershire reaps the benefits

    According to academics, The Cheltenham Festival brings in a whopping £100m into the Gloucestershire economy every year.

  7. What’s Cheltenham Festival without luxury hospitality?

    Hospitality is one of the biggest income strands for the Cheltenham Festival and has enabled its organisers to invest more into maintaining and revamping the Racecourse to make sure you get great value for money.

  8. Al Boum Photo achieves the double

    Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate back in 2004, to win successive Gold Cup Chase titles in 2020!

  9. Cheltenham Festival dates back to 1912

    The Stayers’ Hurdle which was first introduced in 1912 is Cheltenham Festival’s oldest race.

  10. Foot-and-mouth disease cancelled Cheltenham Festival

    Yes, it has! Aside from the periods during the World Wars, the Festival didn’t run in 2001 due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease across the UK.

  11. Cheltenham Royalty

    Ruby Walsh remains Cheltenham’s Champion Jockey, although Paul Towend came close in 2020 with 5 wins. Ruby Walsh has achieved most wins by a jockey in a single year at Cheltenham Festival, winning 7 races in 2016!

  12. Cheltenham Ladies Day gets an extension

    Bryony Frost became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race at Cheltenham Festival in 2019! She extended Ladies Day by 24 hours, winning the Ryanair chase on St Patricks Thursday.

  13. 70,000 is the capacity!

    70,000 is the maximum number of racegoers The Festival will accept through the gates, which it often reached on Gold Cup Day.

  14. The skies are unusually busy

    It has been estimated that there are around 100 helicopter movements per day during races at Cheltenham Festival.

  15. Quevega has the most success

    The mare, tops Golden Miller’s record having won the Mares’ Hurdle six consecutive times between 2009 and 2014! Truly impressive.

  16. Lucky number 5

    There are five feature races at the Cheltenham Festival: Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Unibet Champion Hurdle, the Ryanair Chase and SunBets Stayers’ Hurdle.

Racegoers in Stands at Cheltenham Festival Cheering

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