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Estimated 230,000 race-goers at Cheltenham this week

The Cheltenham Festival starts tomorrow, but many visitors began to arrive over the weekend, some having booked their accommodation a year ago.

Horses gallop on the course preparing for the festival Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is estimated that more than 230,000 race-goers will attend the four-day event.

This year, for the first time, parking is to be made free in the town centre during the festival from 1pm each day.

Lord Windermere, ridden by Davy Russell, on his way to winning last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup Credit: ITV News Central

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