Its Ladies Day at Cheltenham and the crowds have been out not only to watch the racing but to inspect the fashions
The first day of the Cheltenham Festival has attracted huge crowds today. Among them some famous faces.
The sun was out at Cheltenham today as the final preparations were made for the start of the festival on Tuesday
The third day of racing at the Cheltenham festival gets underway later.
Today is named St Patrick's Thursday, so spectators heading to the course can expect to see not just the horses but some Irish themed celebrations too.
The weather may have been cold - but the outfits were hot for Ladies' Day at the Cheltenham Festival.
Gloucestershire Police say the Cheltenham Festival got off to a "peaceful start" with only a few crimes reported.
Just one man was arrested - in connection to handling of counterfeit money. Police say they'd like the good start to the festivities "to continue into the evening."
A horse has been put down after falling at Cheltenham Festival.
Our Conor fell during the Champion Hurdle and suffered a suspected back injury. The British Horseracing Authority says that after extensive treatment by vets the animal was humanely put down.
Somerset trainer David Pipe has claimed his first winner of the Cheltenham Festival. 33-1 Western Warhorse came home in the 2:05 Racing Post Arkel CHallenge Trophy Chase.
The result is already a marked improvement for David's yard after he failed to land a single winner at last year's festival.
Bookmakers William Hill have reported huge levels of trading on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, with bet numbers peaking at 3,500 per minute – across online and mobile - just after the opening of William Hill’s marquee offer at 10am.
The racing hasn't even begun but there are already plenty of happy people at this years Cheltenham Festival. Almost a quarter of a million people are expected to attend the four day festival which is seen as one of the greatest events in the racing calendar.
The first race is the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 13.30. It's estimated punters will wager a total of £250 million over the course of the festival.
One of the biggest events in the horse racing calendar gets under way today as thousands of punters descend on Cheltenham for Gold Cup week.
The Irish have always been an integral part of the prestigious National Hunt Festival. Organisers normally expect about 15,000 Irish race-goers every day.
More than 200,000 pints of Guinness are expected to be drunk at Prestbury Park as around 235,000 people attend the four-day festival. Punters are expected to wager £250 million during the week.