Cheltenham FAQs

Cheltenham Festival – Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re planning a trip to Cheltenham, thinking of betting on the Arkle, or simply interested in Gloucestershire trivia, this guide is perfect for you. Everything from the number of spectators, historical winners, and even the weight of the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself, this guide of frequently asked questions ensures that you will make the most out of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

How many people go to the Cheltenham?

Cheltenham achieved a record attendance for the festival in 2018, with 262,637 people attending in total across the four days.

Have Cheltenham races been cancelled?

The Cheltenham Festival was last cancelled in its entirety in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

Does the Cheltenham festival sell out?

The whole festival itself does not sell out, although attendances have been on the increase. However, Gold Cup day (the Friday of the meeting) does often sell out.

What is the prize money for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The total prize-money for the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup is £625,000, with £351,687 set to go to the winner.

Who has the most winners at Cheltenham?

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins currently has the most winners in the history of the Cheltenham Festival with 61 wins, narrowly ahead of champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who is on 60 wins.

Which jockey has the most winners at Cheltenham?

Ruby Walsh has had the most winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The Irish jockey has won 58 times at the festival.

Is the Cheltenham gold cup a flat race?

No, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is not a flat race. The Gold Cup is a jumps race run over fences over a trip of three miles and two and a half furlongs.

Is the gold cup real gold?

The Gold Cup is made of real gold. The original trophy weighs 644 grams of nine-carat gold and is plated in 18-carat gold to give it a rich colour.

Who won the Cheltenham gold cup this year?

Native River won the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Richard Johnson.

How much does the jockey get for winning the gold cup?

Jump jockeys win somewhere between 8.5 per cent to nine per cent of winning prize-money for each race.

Is the gold cup a handicap?

The Gold Cup is not a handicap, it is a Grade 1 race where most horses carry level weights.

What is the gold cup made of?

The original trophy weighs 644 grams of nine-carat gold and is plated in 18-carat gold to give it a rich colour.

When did Best Mate win the gold cup?

Best Mate won the Gold Cup in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

How much is the Gold Cup worth?

The Gold Cup is worth £625,000 in prize-money in 2019.

When was Cheltenham racecourse built?

Cheltenham racecourse was moved to its current venue in Prestbury Park in 1831.

How high are the fences at Cheltenham?

Fences must be a minimum of four and a half metres high.

Who is the top jockey at Cheltenham?

Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey in the history of the Cheltenham Festival. Walsh has won 58 races at the meeting.

Who won the Cheltenham 2018 Gold Cup?

Native River won the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Richard Johnson.

When is the Cheltenham festival?

The Cheltenham Festival takes place every March. This year’s festival runs from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15.

When does the Cheltenham festival start?

The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 12 in 2019.

Who sponsors the Cheltenham festival?

No one sponsors the entire meeting. However, most of the 28 races have their own sponsors, whilst the racecourse itself has its own sponsorship partners. Magners will sponsor this year’s Gold Cup.

What date is the Cheltenham festival?

The Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15.

What to wear to the Cheltenham festival?

As the Cheltenham Festival can take place in all sort of conditions, the course recommends racegoers dress for the weather. However, many ladies will wear hats and gentleman are advised to wear suits or dress up if they are in hospitality or the club enclosure.

What channel is the Cheltenham festival on?

Most of the festival will be on ITV, whilst every single race will be shown on Racing TV.

What is the Cheltenham festival?

The Cheltenham Festival id the four biggest days of the jump season. It consists of 28 races, seven per day, and hosts many of the season-defining, championship races.

Will Cheltenham festival be cancelled?

It remains unlikely that the Cheltenham Festival will be cancelled, despite the equine influenza outbreak. The last Cheltenham Festival not to go ahead was in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

Will Cheltenham festival go ahead?

It should do, yes. The last Cheltenham Festival not to go ahead was in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

Where is the Cheltenham festival?

The Cheltenham Festival is run at Cheltenham racecourse, which can be found on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Where to watch the Cheltenham festival?

Most of the Cheltenham Festival can be watched on ITV, whilst every single race will be shown on Racing TV.

Is the Cheltenham festival on tv?

Yes. The Cheltenham Festival will be on ITV every afternoon during the meeting and on Racing TV throughout the entire meeting.

How much are Cheltenham festival tickets?

Cheltenham Festival tickets cost between £37 and £86 for the first three days of the meeting. Gold Cup day is more expensive and tickets cost between £57 and £111 on that day of the meeting. The variation in ticket prices depends on the enclosure you want to get a ticket for.

How many days until the Cheltenham festival?

There are 31 days until the Cheltenham Festival (9 Feb).

How to watch Cheltenham festival?

ITV will show the first five races on each day of the Cheltenham Festival. Racing TV will show all seven races from each day of the Cheltenham Festival.

How many days is the cheltenham festival?

The Cheltenham Festival takes place over four days. It runs from Tuesday to Friday.

How long is the Cheltenham festival?

The Cheltenham Festival lasts for four days. Each day contains seven races, with racing beginning at 1.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm.

How to watch the Cheltenham festival online?

Most bookmakers will allow you to watch a race at Cheltenham after a small £1 bet. The ITV website and Racing TV website will also allow you to watch the racing online if you have access to those feeds.