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Cheltenham Festival 2019

One of the biggest events on the British equestrian calendar is just around the corner… The Cheltenham Festival. The festival has been going since 1860 and has only ever been cancelled during the World Wars and in 2001, when there was an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease.

The festival will take place on between the 12th March to the 15th March 2019. Each day will consist of 7 races, with a featured race at 3:30pm. On the 12th the featured race is the Champion Hurdle, on the 13th is the Champion Chase, the featured race on the 14th is Stayers’ Race and the 15th is the Gold Cup.

The Cheltenham Festival a unique event, in which many of the best British and Irish-trained horses race together, which is rare across the rest of the racing season.

As one of the biggest events, attendees will dress to impress! On ladies’ day, there are plenty of prizes up for grabs. Fancy dress is permitted for those who are daring enough, however, only in the Tattersalls enclosure and only if the fancy dress does not show any offence.

Below are a few facts about the Cheltenham Festival:

  • There is a £100,000,000 economic impact from the festival in the Gloucestershire area.
  • In 2016, £2,300,000 was taken at the festival.
  • The prize money available for the Magner’s Cheltenham Gold World Cup is £625,000.
  • On the Gold Cup Day, there is a maximum capacity of 75,000.
  • 45,000 bread rolls were eating during the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.
  • The longest race is the National Hunt race and it is 21,120 feet.
  • There are 28 national hunt races run at the festival.
  • During the Gold Cup, 22 fences are jumped.
  • Ruby Walsh holds the record for the most races won at the festival in a single year. He won 7.
  • 2 miles is the shortest distance raced at the festival.

The Gold Cup is always intriguing at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival; the pinnacle event is the most historic, with every competitor clinching for the sought-after title.