Earlier this week, we challenged competitive eater and all-round good sport Kate Ovens to eat 2KG of horse food. Whilst Kate didn’t quite manage to finish to entire bucket, we did get to see some interesting facts about Cheltenham Festival.
Here are 20 more facts about the greatest show on turf:
1. In 1934, Golden Miller became the first and only horse to win both the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in a single racing season.
2. Golden Miller also holds the record for the most consecutive Gold Cup wins – winning the race five times between 1932 and 1936.
3. Willie Mullins’ Quevega currently holds the record for the most consecutive victories at Cheltenham Festival, winning the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle six times between 2009 and 2014.
4. During the Cheltenham Festival, Ryanair put on an additional 30 flights from Dublin to Birmingham to prepare for an extra 20,000 customers.
5. Outside of the two world wars, Cheltenham Festival has only been cancelled once – in 2001 due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
6. There is a total of £4,590,000 prize money on offer at this year’s Cheltenham Festival – more than any other jumps event in the world.
7. The festival’s longest race is the National Hunt Chase, which covers a distance of 21,120 feet.
8. There will be a total of 5.936 staff members employed at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
9. The average attendance over the four day festival is around 65,000 people.
10. In 2016, punters took out over £2,300,000 from cash machines at the Cheltenham Festival.
11. An estimated 265,000 pints of Guinness are sold at the Cheltenham Festival each year.
12. On average, the Cheltenham Festival brings in an estimated £100,000,000 to the local economy of Gloucestershire.
13. 350 chefs are employed over the four day Cheltenham Festival event – that’s a lot of smoked salmon sandwiches!
14. We all love an aggressive Zinfandel, but over 120,000 bottles of wine are opened at Cheltenham Festival each year. Wow!
15. Over the course of the four day event, an estimated 105,000 people arrive at the Cheltenham Spa Railway Station.
16. Jockey Ruby Walsh holds the record for the most Supreme Novice’s Hurdle victories – winning five between 2006 and 2015.
17. Over 10,000 gallons of tea and coffee are served over the course of the four day Cheltenham Festival.
18. In 1990, firm ground at the festival saw a number of records broken, with all six entries in the Gold Cup beating the previous best time for the race.
19. Over 20,000 bottles of celebratory champagne are served at Cheltenham Festival each year.
20. If all of the hotdogs, burgers, and sandwiches consumed at the Cheltenham Festival were laid out in a line, it would stretch for three miles.