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Cheltenham day two photos

Irish punters at the Cheltenham Festival

It was a good day for the Irish on day one as they celebrated four winners and they are hoping for more of the same on Wednesday

Horses are put through their paces early on Wednesday at Cheltenham

Those who arrived early at the course catch a glimpse of some of the runners as they are put through their paces

Cheltenham

The ground staff also arrive early as they busily prepare the course for the day's racing. The going is good to soft, soft in places

Tony McCoy

Champion jockey Tony McCoy arrives at Cheltenham looking to add to his solitary victory on day one

Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips is in attendance at the Prestbury Park course for the second day in succession

Horses clear the Water Jump during the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

The runners and riders clear the Water Jump during the first race of the day - the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

Tricky Trickster with jockey Sam Waley-Choen and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies

Tricky Trickster, ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, triumphs in the opener to give trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies his first win at this year's Festival

Ruby Walsh on board Mikael D'Haguenet

Ruby Walsh times his run to perfection on board Mikeal D'Haguenet to win the Ballymore Hurdle, his first winner of day two

Ruby Walsh

And Walsh is soon celebrating a double for himself and trainer Willie Mullins with victory on board Cooldine in the RSA Chase

Cheltenham racegoers

Racegoers are desperate for a good vantage point as the Queen Mother Champion Chase gets under way

Master Minded

Master Minded is the horse they have come to see and he does not disappoint as he defends the title he won last year

Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh

Victory ensures a Ruby Walsh hat-trick for the day and also gives champion trainer Paul Nicholls his first win of the 2009 Festival

Runners in teh Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle

Runners in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle tackle the hill at Cheltenham, with Ninetieth Minute triumphing over Mirage Dore

A Cheltenham punter celebrates a win

And it turns out to be a great day for the punters as three favourites came in to leave the bookies' reeling



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