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Three horses killed on Cheltenham's opening day

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Three horses died on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival, an unusually high number for a single afternoon.

The Govaness died in a fall at the last in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle. Pont Alexandre broke down during the National Hunt Chase for amateur riders. Finally, Rezorbi, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, suffered a fatal fall in the Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase.

The deaths marred Cheltenham's opening day, but it is not unusual, with eight horses killed in last year's festival.

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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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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.

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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