Wednesday brought the punters out in their finery for Ladies Day.
16 March 2022
Crowds have returned to the Cheltenham Festival this week, a year after racing’s equivalent of the Olympics was staged behind closed doors due to the pandemic.
Wednesday brought the punters out in their finery for Ladies Day, and they shrugged off some miserable weather to make up for the lost year at the famous Gloucestershire event.
The day started with a special heritage steam train service taking racegoers to the site on Ladies Day.
The train service proved popular (Ben Birchall/PA)
Racegoers leave the carriages at Cheltenham station (Ben Birchall/PA)
Attendees were all smiles on their way to the races (Ben Birchall/PA)
GB News presenters Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster pose for pictures with racegoers (Steven Paston/PA)
Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary celebrates after his horse, Commander Of Fleet, won the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Mike Egerton/PA)
The Princess Royal shelters from the rain (Mike Egerton/PA)
Harry Redknapp in the parade ring before the Glenfarclas Chase (Andrew Matthews/PA)
The crowd takes shelter (David Davies/PA)
Racegoers try their best not to get drenched (Mike Egerton/PA)
But the miserable weather could not dampen the spirits (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Paul Townend celebrates ploughing through the mud to win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Energumene (Tim Goode/PA)
Jockeys head for the showers (David Davies/PA)