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Multi-million pound revamp for Cheltenham Racecourse

Artist impression of how the new grandstand could look Credit: The Jockey Club

Multi-million pound plans for the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse have been unveiled by The Jockey Club.

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.

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Feathers and fur: Ladies' Day at the Cheltenham Festival

Mimi Theobald from Inverness arrives for Ladies Day with her husband Doug Theobald, a retired Royal Australian Navy officer
Mimi Theobald from Inverness arrives for Ladies Day with her husband Doug Theobald, a retired Royal Australian Navy officer Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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.

Princess Anne and Zara Phillips arrive for Ladies Day at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival
Princess Anne and Zara Phillips arrive for Ladies Day at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Sarah Jordan (left) and Kirsty Scaplehorn from Cheltenham attend Ladies Day
Sarah Jordan (left) and Kirsty Scaplehorn from Cheltenham attend Ladies Day Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

How does Ladies' Day compare to last year?

Gallery: Ladies dress to impress at Cheltenham Festival 2012.

Ferniche Millinery poses for a picture during Ladies Day
Ferniche Millinery poses for a picture during Ladies Day Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
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Cheltenham Festival goer still missing

A pensioner from Rotherham who is visiting the Cheltenham Festival remains missing on Wednesday.

Friends of 70 year old Philip Lucas last saw him around 5.50pm on Tuesday.

He was supposed to be staying in Cranham during the week of the festival.

Gloucestershire Constabulary have told ITV News West Country that they received a report of a possible sighting of Mr Lucas in the Kings Arms public house around 11.15pm on Tuesday, but there has been no confirmed information about his whereabouts.

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Warming up in the snow at Cheltenham

Horses from Henry de Bromhead's stable exercise on the gallops
Horses from Henry de Bromhead's stable exercise on the gallops Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

With the first race being delayed by only 5 minutes, horses at Cheltenham have started warming up despite the snow.

Thousands of spectators are expected for the Gold Cup week.

Read: Snow causes travel disruption.

Sizing Australia (left) and Sizing Europe make their way to the gallops
Sizing Australia (left) and Sizing Europe make their way to the gallops Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The Cheltenham Festival will open later amid warnings for race goers to leave extra time due to the poor weather.

Read: Cheltenham Festival gets the go-ahead.

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Cheltenham Festival: Frosty start and bitterly cold

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The whole race track has been covered to stop the ground from freezing Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It will be a frosty start at Cheltenham, with the best of the brighter skies early on in the day.

But it is a measly 3c, meaning it will feel bitterly cold in the wind chill.

Get the latest news on the Cheltenham Festival at ITV News Westcountry

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