The Big Cheltenham Festival Quiz

quizLet’s be honest, everyone loves a quiz. In the world of horse racing, few events are as well-known and beloved as the Cheltenham Festival, so put those two things together and you’ve surely got yourself a brilliant combination.

Here’s a quiz that will hopefully test your knowledge of one of the greatest race meetings anywhere on the planet, but be warned: it’s not an easy task!


  1. questionsWhich day of the Festival is St Patrick’s Day, Day 1, 2, 3 or 4?
  2. Was more or less than £500 million bet on the Festival in 2018?
  3. Queen Quevega holds the record at the Festival for the number of consecutive wins in the same race, but how many Mares’ Hurdles in a row did she win?
  4. To the nearest 10,000, roughly how many pints of Guinness are drunk during the Festival?
  5. To the nearest 10,000, how many people pass through Cheltenham Spa Train Station over the four days of the meeting?
  6. Norton’s Coin won the Gold Cup in 1990 as one of the longest-odds horses to do so, but what were his odds?
  7. To the nearest Million roughly how much does the Festival contribute to the wider Cheltenham region?
  8. Which of these is not a real race run during the Festival? The Adam Smith Stakes, the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
  9. Which race at the Cheltenham Festival has been taking place for the longest?
  10. In what year was that race first run?
  11. Which former Great Britain cyclist made her Festival debut in the Foxhunter Chase in 2016?
  12. AP McCoy was one of the Festival’s most successful jockeys before his retirement, but how many winners did he ride, 30, 31 or 32?
  13. To the nearest 1000 what is the maximum attendance that Cheltenham Racecourse can handle on any one day of the Festival?
  14. Best Mate, Arkle and Golden Miller have all been big horses in the Gold Cup, but which of them won the race with the shortest starting odds?
  15. How many fences are jumped during the course of the Gold Cup, 18, 20 or 22?
  16. My Way De Solzen won the World Hurdle in 2006 and followed it up with a win in which race in 2007?
  17. An outbreak of Foot & Mouth Disease caused the Festival to be called off in which year?
  18. Aidan O’Brien has had many winners at the Festival, but what was the name of his 3 time Champion Hurdle winner?
  19. British and Irish horses go head-to-head each year in which competition?
  20. Why did Caroline Beasley make history on the back of Eliogarty in the 1983 Festival?
  21. With 5 consecutive wins between 1932 and 1936, which horse is the Gold Cup’s most successful?
  22. Pat Taaffe won the Gold Cup 4 times during his career, with 1 win coming on Fort Leney in 1968 and the other 3 coming on which horse?
  23. In terms of number of people who attend, Cheltenham is second to which race meeting, Glorious Goodwood, the Grand National, Royal Ascot, the Epsom Derby or the King George at Kempton?
  24. What is the maximum number of horses that can enter the Gold Cup each year, 17, 24 or 29?
  25. Within a range of 5000, roughly how many people attend the Festival as hospitality customers over the 4 days?
  26. Coneygree and Don Cossack won the 2015 and 2016 Gold Cups respectively, but which horse was runner-up both times?
  27. Who owns Cheltenham Racecourse?
  28. How many individual courses are there at Cheltenham Racecourse?
  29. Cheltenham Racecourse is located in the English county of…
  30. What is the name of the auditorium at Cheltenham Racecourse?
  31. What is the informal name given to the cheer that emanates from the crowd when the first race of the Festival gets underway?
  32. Established in 1959 and originally known as the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase, what name was given to the race in 1980 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon?
  33. Albertas Run has won which race at the Festival more than once, being the only horse to do so in that race ahead of the 2019 Festival?
  34. In which year was the fourth day added the Festival’s roster, 1981, 1992 or 2005?
  35. French-trained horse Baracouda won which appropriately named race twice in his career, making him one of the most successful foreign horses?
  36. Which horse won the Cleeve Hurdle twice and the Stayers’ Hurdle 4 times in his career?
  37. Prior to 2019, which was the last grey to win the Gold Cup?
  38. Which horse has ran at the Festival the most times, Royal Auclair, Hardy Eustace, Our Vic or Le Duc?
  39. How many races take place over the 4 days of the Festival?
  40. Which jockey has racked up the most wins on a single day in Festival history?
  41. The Triumph Hurdle is the country’s leading jump race for juveniles, but how old can horses be that are taking part in it?
  42. Between the Festival’s establishment and 2017, how many horses have won 3 or more races?
  43. Western Warhorse won the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 2014 at odds of 33/1 to deny which horse a Festival hat-trick?
  44. The amusingly named Willie Wumpkins enjoyed a 1973 win in the Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle and 1979, 1980 and 1981 wins in which race?
  45. Tied Cottage won the Gold Cup in 1980 but was later disqualified because he tested positive for a banned substance. Which horse is therefore in the records books as being the winner of the race that year?
  46. Noel Fehily won the Champion Hurdle in 2012 on the back of which horse?
  47. Which jockey enjoyed his first career win at the Festival on the back of Whisper in 2014’s Coral Cup?
  48. Which Classics winning jockey surprised everyone when he won the 2002 Champion Bumper on the back of Pizarro in 2002?
  49. Four jockeys won the Gold Cup as amateurs between 1927 and 2011. How many of them can you name?
  50. What year is commonly considered to be the first year of the Cheltenham Festival?


  1. answersDay 3
  2. More
  3. 6
  4. 300,000
  5. 100,000
  6. 100/1
  7. £100 million
  8. The Adam Smith Stakes
  9. The Grand Annual Chase
  10. 1834
  11. Victoria Pendleton
  12. 31
  13. 70,000
  14. Arkle
  15. 22
  16. The Arkle Challenge Trophy
  17. 2001
  18. Istabraq
  19. The Prestbury Cup
  20. First woman to win a Cheltenham Festival race
  21. Golden Miller
  22. Arkle
  23. Royal Ascot
  24. 24
  25. 40,000
  26. Djakadam
  27. Jockey Club Racecourses
  28. 3- The Old Course, the New Course and the Cross-Country Course
  29. Gloucestershire
  30. The Centaur
  31. The Cheltenham Roar
  32. Queen Mother Champion Chase
  33. Albertas Run
  34. 2005
  35. The World Hurdle (now known as the Stayers’ Hurdle)
  36. Big Buck's
  37. Desert Orchid
  38. Royal Auclair (8 times)
  39. 28
  40. Ruby Walsh
  41. 4-years-old
  42. 28
  43. Champagne Fever
  44. The Pertemps Final
  45. Master Smudge
  46. Rock On Ruby
  47. Nico de Boinville
  48. Jamie Spencer
  49. Mr Hugh Grosvenor (1927), Mr Richard Black (1947), Mr Jim Wilson (1981), Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (2011)
  50. 1860

How did you get on? Here’s our rating:

  • 1-15 correct answers: Novice
  • 16-30 correct answers: Chaser
  • 31-40 correct answers: Champion Hurdler
  • 14-50 correct answers: Gold Cup Winner