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gin & chronic Cheltenham punters left fuming as organisers charge €8.35 for a pint in a plastic cup

A glass of house white or red wine costs more than €10.40

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The Guinness Village at this year's Cheltenham (Photo: PA/Reuters)

The Guinness Village at this year's Cheltenham (Photo: PA/Reuters)

The Guinness Village at this year's Cheltenham (Photo: PA/Reuters)

Furious racegoers have slammed the ‘p**s take’ prices at this year’s Cheltenham Festival after tens of thousands of Irish punters descended on the famous course.

Shocked racing fans accused the organisers of ‘daylight robbery’ after discovering that a pint of Guinness in a plastic pint glass was an eye-watering €8.35.

Revellers landed on The Cotswolds hoping to break the bookies but many took to social media today to reveal the horror pricing at the event.

It gets even worse if Guinness isn’t your favourite tipple. While pints (Doom Bar Bitter, Aspalls Cider) were all the price, a double Gin & Tonic would set you back €16.70, the same price as an Irish coffee.

A single Gin & Tonic is priced at €9.50.

A glass of house white or red wine costs more than €10.40 and is served in a small plastic cup while a bottle of their ‘House Champagne’ would cost you €78.

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The eye-watering prices at this year's Cheltenham Festival

The eye-watering prices at this year's Cheltenham Festival

The eye-watering prices at this year's Cheltenham Festival

When contacted, a Cheltenham Racecourse spokesperson said: "We work hard to absorb inflationary costs wherever we can. However, current inflation rises in relation to goods and labour have led to an increase in prices for some of the items we serve.

"Despite this our prices are comparable to other major events, with all our profits reinvested back into British Horseracing."

Cheltenham was one of the last major sporting events to be held with spectators before the Covid lockdown in March 2020 with many Irish people believing that the mass influx of fans coming back to Ireland after it is what caused our initial surge in cases.

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One of the many tweets about the alcohol pricing

One of the many tweets about the alcohol pricing

One of the many tweets about the alcohol pricing

With the world under tight Covid restrictions, last year’s event was held behind closed doors.

More than 60,000 fans a day have been packing out the stands, bars, toilets and queues for the food vans despite today’s awful weather in Gloucestershire.

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