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Record attendance on St Patrick’s Thursday in 2018

Press Release 15th March 2018 Cheltenham

The crowd on St Patrick's Thursday, the third day of The Festival, came to 66,384, a new record for the day since The Festival expanded to four days in 2005. 
The total beat last year's 66,200 by 184, while 65,544 attended in 2016 and 60,495 in 2015.
This was the second consecutive day of a record crowd as 58,932 racegoers came to Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival, Ladies Day, yesterday.
Tuesday's crowd of 66,109 was the second highest-ever on the opening day of The Festival, Champion Day.
Ian Renton, Regional Director of The Jockey Club South West, commented: "The Festival 2018 is proving very special and a second record attendance of the week is very pleasing.
"There have been some magnificent performances today and congratulations to the Irish who have dominated St Patrick's Thursday.
"We will be welcoming a sold-out crowd of 70,000 tomorrow on Gold Cup Day."


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