The festival in figures
More than £650,000 has been raised at the Festival for Cancer Research UK over the past three years
Around the racetrack, staff numbers balloon from 60 permanent members to over 5,000 during the festival each year
More than £1million changes hands betting on each race in the betting ring (which, if recent news reports are to be believed, will soon be around e1million)
Over £2million is spent each year on temporary buildings alone
More than 200,000 people attend the four days of the festival, with 65,000 visitors on Gold Cup day alone. Including the rest of the year, a total of 700,000 visitors descend on Cheltenham for racing
Festival-goers will get through about 18,000 bottles of champagne and 214,000 pints of Guinness during the four-day festival. Sláinte!
£3.6million in prize money is available during the four-day festival at Cheltenham, making it the most valuable fixture in jump racing
Roughly 10,000 beds each night are filled during festival week, ranging from four-star accommodation to local B&Bs. Gloucestershire Tourism estimate the value of the festival to the wider local economy at around £50million.