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Cheltenham, 10-13 March, 2009



Cheltenham Racecourse

The Cheltenham course gets some final preparations ahead of the fourth and final day of the Festival

Paul Nicholls

Gold Cup day is an important one for trainer Paul Nicholls who has five horses in contention for the big race

Lester Piggott presents Tony McCoy with his trophy while Jonjo O'Neill looks on

The first winner of the day is Tony McCoy who receives a trophy from Lester Piggott and Jonjo O'Neill for passing 3,000 winners

The Queen at Cheltenham

The Queen, who has her first Gold Cup runner Barbers Shop, gets to the Royal Box early to take in the unique Cheltenham atmosphere

Zara Phillips at Cheltenham

Zara Phillips is back at the track once again to enjoy another day of top-class racing and cheer on her grandmother's horse

Nicky Henderson and the owners of Zaynar

Zaynar's trainer Nicky Henderson and owners celebrate victory in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, the opening race of the day

Barry Geraghty on Zaynar

Barry Geraghty and Zaynar jump the last on their way to triumphing by three-quarters of a length from Walkon

Ruby Walsh on American Trilogy

American Trilogy claims an easy win in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle to give Ruby Walsh his sixth win of the week

Davy Russell on Weapon's Amnesty

Another success for the Irish in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle as Davy Russell triumphs on Weapon's Amnesty

Ruby Walsh on Kauto Star

Kauto Star is in imperious form under Ruby Walsh in the Gold Cup, the highlight of the meeting, triumphing by 13 lengths

Ruby Walsh on Kauto Star

The joy on Ruby Walsh's face is clear to see as he crossed the line first to continue his magnificent 2009 Festival

Ruby Walsh, Clive Smith and Paul Nicholls celebrate

Kauto Star's jockey Ruby Walsh, owner Clive Smith and trainer Paul Nicholls enjoy another big moment in the Festival spotlight

Richard Burton on Cappa Bleu

A winning smile from amateur jockey Richard Burton after Cappa Bleu triumphs in the Christie's Foxhunter Chase

Felix de Giles on Andytown

Jockey Felix de Giles shows a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field on Andytown in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle

Former trainer Martin Pipe and current trainer Nicky Henderson

Smiles all round as Martin Pipe presents a delighted Nicky Henderson with the trophy for the race that bears his name at the Festival

Jockey Wayne Hutchinson

Wayne Hutchinson celebrates with the trophy for the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase for his win on Oh Crick



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