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Your Irish guide to Cheltenham Festival by numbers

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Racegoers watch a race on video screen erected inside the Guinness Village at the Cheltenham Racecourse on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Thousands of racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival which opened today. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Racegoers inside the Guinness Village at last year’s Cheltenham Festival (Photo: by Getty Images)

265,000 – pints of Guinness drunk by punters at the Festival last year

7 – Most wins by a jockey at a single festival – Ruby Walsh in 2009

30 – Extra flights put on by Ryanair on the Dublin-Birmingham route during the festival period

41 – Number of Festival wins for Irish trainer Willie Mullins

KILKENNY, IRELAND - JANUARY 22: Willie Mullins poses at Gowran Park racecourse on January 22, 2015 in Kilkenny, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Willie Mullins boasts 41 Festival wins (Photo: Getty Images)

2002 – The year Irish jockey Barry Geraghty rode his first Festival winner – he’s managed a win every year since

248,521 – Record number of spectators that came through the turnstiles at the 2015 Festival – the quarter-million barrier should be broken this year

4 – Days of Festival action (Tuesday to Friday) – known as ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’

28 – Number of races at this year’s Festival

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