Gold Cup Day
A record 61 horses entered the Ladbrokes
World Hurdle this year and 18 will run
Twenty seven races will take place at this year’s festival
featuring some of the biggest names in the sport
Over 1,000 members of staff are on hand to work during the four days of the Festival
At last year’s event, a whopping
236,730 people turned up to the
Cheltenham Festival, more than twice
the population of the town itself
The estimated number of Irish fans who come
to Prestbury Park every year
Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Cheltenham Gold Cup
To welcome the large Irish contingent, each year, Thursday's are called ‘St Patrick’s Thursday’
Being so close to St Patrick’s Day, a lot of visitors from Ireland make their way to Cheltenham.
£3.67m of prize money is on offer over the course of the four days,
with most events having prize pots in excess of £100,000!
The Festival is worth some £50,000,000
to the local economy.
Total stakes made on Cheltenham races each year worldwide
1964, 1965 & 1966
Three – the number of races won in succession by the legendary Arkle.
The most successful trainer in the history of the festival is Nicky Henderson, who has had an astonishing 44 winners.
The longest odds ever given for a winner at Cheltenham was 100-1 for Norton’s Coin, who won the Gold Cup back in 1990!
The legendary AP McCoy and the late Pat Taaffe of Arkle fame are both second with 25 wins apiece.
With 34 wins, Ruby Walsh has won more races than any other jockey in Cheltenham Festival history.
Walsh holds the record for the most wins in a single year at Cheltenham, winning seven races in 2009.
Big Buck’s won the World Hurdle four years in a row, making him the most successful horse in the race’s history.