The Cheltenham Festival is one of our many annual racing highlights. Four days of the finest National Hunt racing around and hopefully a winning bet or three.
Whilst we’ve got loads of great betting resources, including Cheltenham offers and the best racing free bets, we also have time for the occasional lighter piece. So, if you’re bored at work or just looking for some great Cheltenham trivia and facts, read on for our geek-tastic top 10 Cheltenham Festival stats!
Top 10 Cheltenham Festival Facts
- £100m – it is estimated that the Cheltenham Festival is worth a massive £100m to the local economy as around 250,000 horse racing fans flock to Prestbury Park each March
- Queen Quevega – the wondermare won the Mares’ Hurdle six times in a row from 2009. No other horse can match that for consecutive Festival victories
- Guinness Galore – if Newmarket is about Guineas, Cheltenham is about Guinness. 300,000 pints are drunk at the Festival each year, with plenty of those on St Patrick’s Thursday!
- Betting Bonanza – around £600m is wagered on the Festival’s 28 races, an average of more than £21m per race, although of course the split is far from even with the Championship contests each day accounting for a huge slice of the overall pie
- Golden Gold – Golden Miller won five Cheltenham Gold Cups in the 1930s (1931-36), legends Best Mate and the mighty Arkle are among those tied in second with three wins
- Star Shines Again – modern favourite Kauto Star is the only horse to recapture the Gold Cup, winning in 2007 and 2009
- Flat First – The Cheltenham Gold Cup was first run as a Flat race way back in 1819. It was first run over jumps in 1924.
- Cheese – Gloucester is home to the famous Cheese Roll but it’s about eating not rolling at Cheltenham, with five tons of the stuff consumed over the four days!
- Cheltenham Legend at 40/1 – Cue Card is one of Cheltenham’s many equine superstars and legends, having won the Ryanair by a tidy eight lengths in 2013, to go along with his eight other Grade 1 wins. However, those that backed him at the 2010 Festival got the best odds, with Colin Tizzard’s brilliant horse landing the Champion Bumper that year at the massive price of 40/1!
- 100/1 Gold Cup Winner – if 40/1 wasn’t long enough for you, how about triple-digit odds on a Gold Cup winner? Proving that anything can happen in racing, in 1990, 100/1 shot Norton’s Coin saw off everyone’s favourite grey, Desert Orchid, to land the biggest prize in jumps racing!
If that’s enough non-betting action for now, why not see which online bookies are offering NRNB on this year’s Cheltenham?