Gates are now OPEN! Another beautiful day here at Prestbury Park on @ladbrokes World Hurdle Day. No more enticement necessary is there?
Great news. The course has passed the inspection, racing goes ahead as planned. Cross Country course only inspection at 11am
After a bitterly cold night, the Cheltenham Racecourse has been inspected and racing goes ahead as planned today. The Cross Country course will be inspected at 11am.
On the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, the most anticipated race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, was won by hot favourite Sprinter Sacre.
There was also success for West Country trainers. Gloucestershire's Nigel Twiston-Davies saddled The New One to victory in the Novices' Hurdle with his son Sam on board. And Wiltshire's Alan King had a one-two in the Coral Cup, with Medinas winning the race ahead of Meister Eckhart.
It was also Ladies Day and the freezing conditions didn't stop the more fashion-conscious turning out with many finding a way to stay snug and stylish.
The day has become one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, as our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin reports:
Former ITV and Channel Four Racing Pundit John McCririck remains in a comfortable position in hospital, after falling ill at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.
The 72 year old was taken by ambulance to Cheltenham General Hospital.
Mr McCririck said he intends to be back at the racecourse in time for Friday's Gold Cup.
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.
Police are investigating a possible sighting of missing Cheltenham Festival Philip Lucas.
The 70 year old man went missing from the Gloucestershire Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon.
Gloucestershire Constabulary have told ITV News West Country that there was a potential sighting of the pensioner from Rotherham in the Kings Arms public house in Prestbury around 11.15pm on Tuesday.
The second day of the Cheltenham Festival will go ahead as planned after the track was declared fit to race.
The clerk of the course had planned to inspect the track at 8am but was able to give the meeting the go-ahead much earlier than planned.
Temperatures are reported to have fallen to -5c overnight, but a warmer day than of late is expected.
After being rushed to hospital yesterday, racing pundit John McCririck's agent says John fully intends on being back on the course at Cheltenham today.
After another cold night, and inspection of the ground at Cheltenham Racecourse is scheduled for 8am. On the second day of the Festival, organisers and racegoers hope the cold snap has not taken its toll on the famous course.