With the jumps season kicking into top gear this weekend with The Open Meeting at Cheltenham, we look at the incredible stats behind this year's Stobart Jump Jockeys' Championship.
Pedal to the Metal
Getting to and from the races takes up over a quarter of a jump jockey's day and they, on average, rack up circa 70,000 miles a year behind the wheel!
When in Rome
Once they've driven countless hours to the track, there's the small matter of riding the horses themselves. The average jockey will race-ride a cumulative distance of 1,300 miles a year; the same distance as a flight from London to Rome.
A year at the Races
By the time the Champion jockey is crowned at Sandown on Saturday April 29th, the 2016-17 season will have seen a staggering 608 Jumps fixtures held across the country.
Going the Distance
If you strung all the Jumps races contested throughout the Championships period, the total distance covered would be over 9,000 miles – the equivalent of a flight from London to Sydney.
A Head For Heights
Throughout the season jump jockey’s will leap over an average of approximately 7,000 obstacles, the cumulative height of which would nearly take them to the summit of Mount Everest.
Show Me The Money
A total of over £43 million in prize money will be up for grabs this season. The most valuable race in the calendar, the Randox Grand National, now carries over £1 million in prize money alone.
Playing To The Crowd
A whopping 2.5 million spectators will turn out to watch the Jump Jockeys’ Championship unfold. Enough to fill up Wembley Stadium 28 times over!