As the Cheltenham Festival gets underway, we've decided to take a look at some of the most amazing things about it.

Firstly, 260,000 people are expected to pass through the gates during this week's festival.

There is more than £4 million of prize money up for grabs for owners, trainers and jockeys.

ITV are preparing to broadcast the festival in whole for the first time in years.

See the basic guide to the Cheltenham Festival here:

The breakdown:

5,936

Staff employed over The Festival

240

Private boxes

28

National Hunt races run at The Festival

22

Fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup

5

Tons of cheese consumed

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