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:


Staff employed over The Festival


Private boxes


National Hunt races run at The Festival


Fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup


Tons of cheese consumed

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