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Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival, the most prestigious National Hunt horse racing event of the year, starts today, despite the severe weather.

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Gold Cup day at Cheltenham Races

Horse racing at Cheltenham Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Gold Cup race today is the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival.

More than 200,000 people are expected to have attended the four-day race meeting, and bookies are hoping to have achieved a turnover of more than £600 million.

But amateur jockey JT McNamara remains in hospital in a coma after suffering a serious neck injury when his horse Galaxy Rock fell yesterday afternoon.

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