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Tweed takeover at Cheltenham races

200 miles of tweed is worn at the #CheltenhamFestival each year, we've been checking out the best tweed attires at this year's Champion's Day.

There was plenty of tweed on show at the opening day of the festival today. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

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Racing antiques stolen from Cheltenham

Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A priceless horse figurine and painting have been stolen from an antiques store in Cheltenham.

A burglar broke into the shop on Winchcombe Street at around 2.20am this morning, on the same day that the Cheltenham Festival gets underway.

Police say the culprit is a man, in his mid-20s, wearing a black hooded coat who was seen riding a black mountain bike away from the scene.

Opening day of Cheltenham Festival is here

Horses and Jockeys during a morning warm up at Cheltenham Racecourse. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA

In a few hours time gates will open for this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Around a quarter of a million people will descend on Prestbury Park for the four day event. It's the first Festival where the new £45 million Grandstand will be in use.

Today kicks off with Tuesday's Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, it's the first of 29 races over the four days on the Gloucestershire hills.

CHAMPION DAY PROCEEDINGS (TUESDAY)

  • 13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
  • 14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
  • 14.50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 15.30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
  • 16.10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
  • 16.50 The 146 Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)
  • 17.30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

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Cheltenham Festival: The stats

With the annual Festival kicking off on the 15 March, we've been taking a look at why the event just seems to get bigger every year.

Horses and Jockeys during a morning warm up at Cheltenham Racecourse. Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA

THE STATS

25,000+
amount of people on a normal race day
65,000
people expected this Friday on Gold Cup day
£150m
will be bet during the four day festival
£4m
worth of prize money on offer
800
journalists covering the event, goes to show just how much interest there is

Behind the scenes ahead of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival

With just a few days until the start of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival we've been allowed onto the racecourse to see some of the areas that are off limits to much of the public during the four day event.

The site at Prestbury park in Gloucestershire will welcome almost 250,000 spectators during the Festival making it one of the most popular events in the National Hunt calendar.

Our sports reporter Jonty Messer takes you on a guided tour.

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