Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls flies the flag for the West Country in this afternoon's Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Nicholls has won the Gold Cup four times and today sends out Silvianiaco Conti for the big race. He is still looking for his first win at this year's Festival
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