• Ruby Walsh was on the go early on Tuesday morning...
  • to catch up with Hurricane Fly as the veteran bids for a third Champion Hurdle.
  • Will the reigning champion be taking the adulation of the crowd later in the afternoon?
  • Willie Mullins maintains his meticulous attention to detail.
  • Gordon Elliott's horses are also put through their paces.
  • The satchels are ready but how full will they be come 5.30 today?
  • It's thirsty work to find the winners of today's big handicaps...
  • ...as Prestbury Park braces itself for the greatest show on turf.
  • The runners start to make their way up the hill in the opener...
  • and Vautour storms clear of his rivals in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle...
  • Ruby Walsh cannot hide his delight as he heads back to the winners' enclosure.
  • Golden girl Dame Kelly Holmes was among the celebrities in attendance...
  • Champagne Fever attempts to make a bold bid in the Racing Post Arkle...
  • as they clear the fence infront of the stands...
  • and it's Western Warhorse provided a 33/1 shock in the two mile contest.
  • Michu was among the Swansea City team enjoying their day at Cheltenham.
  • Ma Filleule is committed for home by Nico de Boinville but the danger lurks to her left...
  • as Holywell sees out the trip best in the Baylis and Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase.
  • and Richie McLernon salutes the crowd...
  • Racing at Cheltenham took place by Royal appointment...
  • Jezki and My Tent Or Yours battle out the finish to the Champion Hurdle.
  • The champion returns under a beaming Barry Geraghty...
  • and takes the adulation of a capacity crowd at Cheltenham.
  • Barry Geraghty is all smiles with the Champion Hurdle trophy.
  • Quevega (right) comes to press Glens Melody in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
  • and there's no mistaking the leading lady at Cheltenham after win number six.
  • Champions.
  • The winning trainer poses with his champion mare.
  • Henrietta Knight attended the race named in honour of former husband Terry Biddlecombe.
  • Midnight Prayer (right) comes to claim Merlin's Wish in the Amateur riders contest...
  • and gives Joshua Newman a day to remember.
  • Present View (left) won the final race on the card under Brendan Powell.

Cheltenham Festival: Day 1

Ruby Walsh was on the go early on Tuesday morning...