Cheltenham Festival 2015 - the stats: £150,000,000 - the amount of money bet on The Festival every year

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Cheltenham Festival 2015 - the stats: £150,000,000 - the amount of money bet on The Festival every year

It is the one week of the year where all eyes are on Cheltenham.

Race week will bring with it thousands and thousands of visitors who will all want feeding and watering. But did you know how much food they will consume at Prestbury Park this week?

Read some of our key facts about the hospitality at Cheltenham racecourse and the festival itself:

3,900,000 – The amount of prize money in pounds sterling on offer at The Festival 2015 – the most of any Jumps festival in the world.

150,000,000 – The amount of money, in pounds sterling, bet on The Festival every year.

80,000,000 – The amount in pounds sterling The Jockey Club has spent on facilities at Cheltenham in the last 30 years.

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 2014.

120,000 – Bottles of wine drunk at The Festival in 2014.

67,500 – The maximum capacity at Cheltenham on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day (when all temporary facilities are open). Sold out in 2014.

58,000 – Average attendance over the four-day period of The Festival.

45,000 – The number of bread rolls eaten at The Festival in 2014.

45,000 – Rounds of sandwiches served to customers.

40,000 – The number of movements between racecourse and town on shuttle bus service.

35,500 – The number of vehicles parked over four days.

34,000 – The number of hospitality meals served over the four days.

33,000 – The square metres of space used for the four days in the Tented Village and the tripledecker that sits alongside the racecourse.

21,120 – The distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase, The Festival's long distance 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.

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

8,000 – The number of daily movements at Cheltenham Railway Station compared with the usual 500.

8,000 – Gallons of tea and coffee served.

5,000 – The number of staff employed over The Festival.

5,000 – The number of bundles of birch used every season.

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 single season.

800 – The number of members of the press accredited for The Festival each year.

250 – The number of chefs on site.

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.

40 – Staff coaches per day, sourced from all over the country, as far away as Liverpool, London, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham and Coventry.

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.

8 – Number of Guinness Bars

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

6 – The most consecutive victories by a horse in any Cheltenham Festival race – Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle between 2009 and 2014.

5 – Tonnes of smoked and fresh salmon

4 – The number of feature races run during The Festival, including the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stan James Champion Hurdle and Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

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

2 – The shortest distance raced at The Festival, in miles.

1.27 – The number in tonnes of sultanas eaten during The Festival.

1 – The number of tonnes of British beef eaten during The Festival.


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