Record ticket sales saw Gold Cup Day at the Cheltenham Festival selling out before the end of January for the first time ever.
And as the sun rises over Cheltenham Racecourse, the Festival is back.
The Cheltenham Festival took place behind closed doors last year due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place at the time, while only slightly relaxed measures for the other iconic fixture, the 2021 Randox Grand National Festival less than a month later. resulted in a restricted number of racehorse owners being allowed to attend but racegoers missing out.
Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive of The Jockey Club said the latest ticket sales figures demonstrate both the sport’s popularity and the public’s eagerness to attend live events again.
He said: “The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Randox Grand National are two of the biggest sporting events in the calendar, so we’re delighted that they will once again take place in front of proper crowds.”
Cheltenham is the home of jumps racing and is considered one of the most famous racecourses worldwide. The 350-acre venue, also referred to as Prestbury Park, plays host to a number of meetings throughout the season but the most famous of these by far is the four-day Cheltenham Festival.
In 2015, the economic impact of The Festival was put at £100 million.