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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 11 March, 2003, 14:19 GMT
Cheltenham Festival: day one
Three betting enthusiasts mark their cards prior to the start of the first day's racing at the Festival
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Racegoers come from across the UK to attend the meeting with sell-out crowds of 50,000 expected on all three days
Runners bunch up in a group at the start of The Gerrard Wealth Management Supreme Novices Hurdle
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The first race of the Festival begins with the riders tightly-bunched together as they head towards the first fence
Back in Front with jockey Norman Williamson jumps the last to go on and win the Supreme Novices Hurdle
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Norman Williamson on Back in Front holds off the challenge of Tony McCoy on Lirfox at the last to claim victory by 10 lengths
Tony McCoy protects his head after falling from Le Roi Miguel in the Challenge Trophy
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Tony McCoy protects his head after falling from Le Roi Miguel in the Challenge Trophy - he had to give up two later rides
Azertyuiop with jockey Ruby Walsh jumps the last to go on and win the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy
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Ruby Walsh on Azertyuiop jumps the last to surge on and win the day's second race and take the famous Arkle trophy
Ruby Walsh on Azertyuiop celebrates after winning the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy
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Azertyuiop fully justifies his tag of favourite as Ruby Walsh proudly parades around the winners enclosure
Rooster Booster pulls away in the final stages of the Champion Hurdle
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Rooster Booster pulls away in the final stages of the Champion Hurdle and romps home several lengths clear
Jockey Richard Johnson punches the air in delight after riding Rooster Booster to an easy win in the Champion Hurdle
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Jockey Richard Johnson punches the air in delight after the nine-year-old 's victory




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