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Friday 1 August 2014

Playing by numbers at biggest festival of all

Published 11/03/2014|05:42

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3,825,000 - The amount of prize money in pounds sterling on offer at The Festival 2014 - the most of any Jump festival in the world.

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1,050,000 - The amount of prize money in pounds sterling on offer on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.

236,472 - The number of pints of Guinness knocked back by spectators at The Festival in 2013.

235,125 - The attendance at The Festival 2013 - up 25,000 from 210,000 in 2009 - and the largest crowd for a four-day sporting event in Britain last year.

67,500 - The maximum capacity of the Cheltenham Racecourse spectator facilities on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day (when all temporary facilities are open). Sold out in 2013.

45,000 - The number of bread rolls eaten at The Festival in 2013.

21,120 - The distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase, The Festival's longest race.

12,320 - The amount in yards of running rails surrounding the track.

10,745 - The number of bottles of house Champagne sold at The Festival.

10,000 - The number of Irish racing fans who travel to Prestbury Park to watch The Festival each day.

8,000 - The number of sticky toffee puddings eaten during The Festival.

4,500 - The number of staff employed over The Festival.

2001 - The only year, besides the periods during the two World Wars, that The Festival has been cancelled (due to foot-and-mouth disease).

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

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

800 - The number of press accredited for The Festival each year.

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

80 - The amount in millions of pounds sterling The Jockey Club has spent on facilities at Cheltenham in the last 30 years.

50 - Years since Cheltenham Racecourse was saved from falling into the hands of property developers by a group of Jockey Club members who formed Racecourse Holdings Trust - now Jockey Club Racecourses.

50 - Years since the great Irish chaser 'Arkle' won the first of his three Cheltenham Gold Cups.

50 - The local economic impact of The Festival each year in millions of pounds sterling.

45 - The amount in millions of pounds sterling The Jockey Club will spend on a state-of-the-art new grandstand development ready for use at the start of The Festival 2016.

30 - The number of extra flights put on by Ryanair on the Dublin to Birmingham route during The Festival period.

27 - The number of National Hunt races run at The Festival.

25 - The number, in football pitches, of frost covers used to save The Festival in 2013 from the harsh winter.

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

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

5 - The most consecutive victories by a racehorse in any Cheltenham Festival race were achieved by 'Golden Miller' in the Cheltenham Gold Cup between 1932 and 1936, and 'Quevega' in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle between 2009 and 2013.

4 - The number of feature races run at the Cheltenham Festival - the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stan James Champion Hurdle and Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

3 - The three-storey temporary structure installed for The Festival, by the Guinness Village, is the biggest, three-tiered temporary structure in Europe.

2 - The shortest distance raced at The Festival in miles.

1 - The number of tons of British beef eaten during The Festival.

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