Cash, coffee and the Gold Cup - The Cheltenham Festival in numbers
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Cash, coffee and the Gold Cup - The Cheltenham Festival in numbers

THE Cheltenham Festival is the Olympics of the Jump season.

The iconic horse-racing festival takes place in March over four days every year.

This year’s Festival runs from March 13-16 and is a highlight on the Irish social calendar.

Here's a look at The Festival in numbers...

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£4,590,000 – record amount of prize money on offer at The Festival 2018 – the most of any Jump festival in the world, over £1,000,000 per day

£2,300,000 – the amount of money taken from the cash machines at The Festival 2016

105,000 – people using Cheltenham Spa train station over the four days of racing

70,000 – maximum capacity at Cheltenham on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

65,000 – average attendance over the four-day period of The Festival

45,000 – bread rolls eaten at The Festival 2015

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21,120 – distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase, The Festival’s longest race

8,000+ – gallons of tea and coffee served

1934 – the year Golden Miller became the first horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in a single season

350 chefs on site

100 helicopter movements per day

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22 – fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup

9 tonnes of potatoes consumed during The Festival

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

5 - tons of smoked and fresh salmon consumed at The Festival