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Cheltenham day one photos

Horses prepare for the opening day of the Festival

The Cheltenham Festival, which gets under way on Tuesday afternoon, is the undoubted highlight of the National Hunt calendar

Dessie Hughes's horses on the gallops at Cheltenham

Some of Irish trainer Dessie Hughes's Cheltenham contenders make their final preparations ahead of the opening day of racing

Zara Phillips

Regular racegoer and keen horsewoman Zara Phillips gets to the Prestbury Park course early

Horses at the start at Cheltenham

A huge roar goes up as the runners leave the start for the day's opening race, the Supreme Novices Hurdle

Barry Geraghty on Forpadydeplasterer

Barry Geraghty guides Irish hope Forpadydeplaster over the last on their way to winning the Arkle Trophy Chase at odds of 8-1

The Goat Racing Syndicate clebrate Forpadydeplasterer's win

Forpadydeplasterer's success is loudly greeted in the winners enclosure by his owners the Goat Racing Syndicate

Liz Hurley at Cheltenham

Model and actress Liz Hurley, who has a home in the Cotswolds, joins the crowds enjoying the action

Punjabi and Celestial Halo battle to the line

The day's feature race, the Champion Hurdle, sees Punjabi (l) and Celestial Halo (r) fight to the line

Barry Geraghty celebrates victory on Punjabi

But it is the 22-1 shot Punjabi, trained by Nicky Henderson, who wins by a neck and jockey Barry Geraghty celebrates a second winner

JP McManus

It is a memorable 58th birthday for JP McManus who has two winners - Wichita Lineman and Garde Champetre

Nina Carberry celebrates her win on Garde Champetre

Nina Carberry claims her fourth Festival winner when Garde Champetre triumphs in the Glenfarclas Handicap Steeple Chase


Quevega completed a successful day for Irleand as the 2-1 favourite romped home in the final race of the day

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