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Cheltenham Festival is celebrating its own St Patrick's Day, 2 days early.
The big race of the day is the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at 15.20. Big Bucks, trained by Paul Nicholls is bidding to win it for the fourth time in a row and equal the record of 16 consecutive wins over hurdles set in the 1950s.
Animal rights protestors held a demonstration outside the Cheltenham Festival today - the day after three horses died there. They were destroyed after breaking legs while racing. Post mortem examinations will be carried out and officials say they'll look to see if any lessons can be learnt.
Today is the second day of the Cheltenham Festival and it's Ladies Day. Along with the usual day's racing, women are encouraged to put on their most glamourous outfits and awards are given to the best dressed.
The Cheltenham Festival runs all week and attracts thousands of people to the area. But it's not just all about the racing. Large numbers of visitors to Gloucestershire mean the event is hugely important to the local economy.
230,000 spectators are expected to attend over the 4 days of the festival.
Caterers will serve some 20,000 bottles of champagne, 30,000 bottles of wine, 240,000 bottles of beer and lager, 220,000 pints of Guiness as well as 10,000 gallons of tea and coffee.
Nearly a quarter of a million people are expected to attend the four-day festival, which finishes on Friday with the Gold Cup.
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