Three horses died on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival, which is an unusually high number for a single afternoon.
The Govaness died in a fall at the last in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle. Pont Alexandre broke down during the National Hunt Chase for amateur riders. Finally, Rezorbi, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, suffered a fatal fall in the Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase.
The deaths have marred Cheltenham's opening day, but it is not unusual, with eight horses killed in last year's festival.
In a few hours time gates will open for the second day of this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Wednesday at the Festival is Ladies Day, giving racing fans an opportunity to enjoy the very best in jump racing, as well as dressing up in all their finery to join in with the fashionable crowd of racegoers.
As part of this year's celebrations, the Festival are also hosting a best-dressed lady competition offering prizes for the best-dressed among them.
LADIES DAY PROCEEDINGS (WEDNESDAY)
- 13.30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
- 14.10 The RSA Steeple Chase - Favourite: More of That (9/4)
- 14.50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
- 15.30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
- 16.10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
- 16.50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
- 17.30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
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Cheltenham Racecourse will open its new grandstand on the first day of The Open meeting later today.
Princess Anne will officially open the five and a half storey structure which is the final part of a £45m redevelopment.
Facilities include restaurants and private boxes for racegoers.
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It's the largest ever investment into a racecourse by the commercial group. The £45 million vision would see a new state-of-the-art grandstand in place of the current 'A&R' stand built in the 1920s.
It would include new annual members' facilities, general public viewing areas, private boxes and Royal Box facilities.
The plans are subject to planning consent, with a detailed application being submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council by the end of April.
Braving the cold at the Cheltenham Festival the coats have stayed on and lots of fur has been on show, but despite the weather the hats have been no less impressive.
Styles this year seem to favour smaller hats with plenty of feathers making an appearance.
How does Ladies' Day compare to last year?