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Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham, 11-14 March, 2008



Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton, on-off girlfriend of Prince William, arrives at Prestbury Park for the much-anticipated Gold Cup day

Cheltenham Festival

The Gold Cup is the showpiece of the Festival but there is plenty of other action for punters

Whiteoak

Whiteoak looks beaten in the opener before edging Tony McCoy on Refinement in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

Ruby Walsh rides Fiveforthree to victory in the Ballymore Properties Novice's Hurdle

In another tight finish, Ruby Walsh rides Fiveforthree to victory in the Ballymore Properties Novice's Hurdle

Davy Russell and Naiad du Misselot win the Coral Cup in a photo finish

The excitement continues as Davy Russell and Naiad du Misselot (left) win the Coral Cup in a photo finish

Ruby Walsh and Celestial Halo

Walsh claims his second win in three races with victory on the Paul Nicholls-trained Celestial Halo in the Triumph Hurdle

Cheltenham Gold Cup

But the Gold Cup is the big one and Denman leads on the second circuit with Kauto Star struggling in third

Sam Thomas rides Denman to victory in the Gold Cup. Neptune Collonges (left) and Kauto Star (right).

The relentless Denman storms to an breathtaking victory over stablemates Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges

Sam Thomas and Denman

Jockey Sam Thomas and Denman receive a hero's welcome as they return to the winners' enclosure

Sam Thomas and Denman

Thomas claims his first Festival win, while Denman, nicknamed "The Tank", goes down in history

Sam Thomas (left), Denman, Harry Findlay (third from right) and Paul Barber (right)

Denman's owners Harry Findlay (third from right) and Paul Barber (right) celebrate the dethroning of Kauto Star

Denman and Paul Nicholls (right)

Champion trainer Nicholls is delighted just to have the winner, but he ends up with first, second and third

Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star

Walsh is dejected but at least has the consolation of winning top jockey at the Festival, from Robert "Choc" Thornton (left)

Cheltenham Festival

Bookmakers are saved from a catastrophe by Denman's victory but plenty of punters will have gone home happy



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