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Here come the girls: Ladies Day at the races

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

Wednesday at the Festival is Ladies Day, giving racing fans an opportunity to enjoy the very best in jump racing, as well as dressing up in all their finery to join in with the fashionable crowd of racegoers.

As part of this year's celebrations, the Festival are also hosting a best-dressed lady competition offering prizes for the best-dressed among them.

LADIES DAY PROCEEDINGS (WEDNESDAY)

  • 13.30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
  • 14.10 The RSA Steeple Chase - Favourite: More of That (9/4)
  • 14.50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
  • 15.30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
  • 16.10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
  • 16.50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
  • 17.30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)

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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David Pipe's Un Temps Pour Tout wins at Cheltenham

Trainer David Pipe at Chepstow Racecourse in 2014. Credit: PA

Somerset trainer David Pipe has claimed his first winner of the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Un Temps Pour Tout won the Ultima Handicap Chase by seven lengths for jockey Tom Scudamore.

We caught up with Somerset's David Pipe for a chat about the win.

Racing antiques stolen from Cheltenham

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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.

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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
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