Racing Facts About Cheltenham
– Prize Money – The Cheltenham Gold Cup is Britain’s most valuable non-handicap chase, with a total prize fund of £468,750 in 2021.
– Top Jockeys – The most successful jockey at the Cheltenham Festival is Ruby Walsh with 58 wins. Next in the list are Barry Geraghty on 36 wins and Sir AP McCoy on 31. Ruby Walsh was also the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival on 11 occasions between 2004 and 2017.
– Top Trainers – Legendary Irish trainer Willie Mullins has 78 Cheltenham Festival wins since his first winner in 1995, making him the most successful trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival. Nicky Henderson is the best of the British trainers with 70 Cheltenham winners.
– Most Wins – For almost 80 years Golden Miller held the record for most consecutive Cheltenham Festival wins. He won an unprecedented five Gold Cups on the spin from 1932 to 1936. This amazing feat was equalled in 2013 by the gutsy mare Quevega, trained by Willie Mullins, who won the Mares Hurdle for a fifth successive year. Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll has also won five times at the Festival.
– Fastest Time – The fastest time in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was recorded by Long Run in 2011. He trounced Denman by seven lengths with a superb round of jumping to set a Gold Cup course record time of 6 minutes, 29.7 seconds.
– Biggest Priced Winners – Upsets are commonplace at Cheltenham. The biggest odds winner at Cheltenham was rank outsider Norton’s Coin who won the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 100/1. In 2021, 80/1 outsider Jeff Kidder took the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
– Last Grey Horse to win Gold Cup – In 1989 Desert Orchid became the first and only grey horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup
– Racecourse Bookmakers – There are 250 rails bookmakers on site each day
Fan Facts from Cheltenham
– Attendances – The average attendance over the four day event is 65,000
– Famous Fans – Some of the famous faces who have been spotted at the Cheltenham Festival over the years include Emila Fox, Harry Redknapp, Lily Allen and Ray Winstone.
– Cheltenham Dining – 15 on-site restaurants with 350 chefs and a 3,800 catering team operating the event each day.
– Food Facts – Over the course of four days hungry racing fans will consume nine tons of potatoes, five tons of smoked & fresh salmon, 45,000 bread rolls and five tons of cheese
– Fancy a Pint? – Over 250,000 pints of Guinness are drunk over the four days.
– Fancy a Brew? – Over 8,000 gallons of tea and coffee served along with 45,000 afternoon teas.
Travel Facts from Cheltenham
– All Aboard – Over the four day event 134,000 people use Cheltenham Spa train station with 80,000 using the shuttle bus from the town centre to the racecourse.
– Park The Bus – Parking for 36,500 vehicles with 50 staff coaches alone.
– Extra Flights – Ryanair adds an extra 30 flights from Dublin to Birmingham to accommodate 20,000 customers. There are also 100 helicopter movements every day.