Tuesday 23 December 2014

Cheltenham 2008 in pictures

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Sam Thomas jumps from Denman as he celabrates winning the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
Sam Thomas jumps from Denman as he celabrates winning the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
Celestial Halo ridden by Ruby Walsh clears the last fence to go on and win the Jcb Triumph Hurdle. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
Sam Thomas on Denman clears the last fence on the way to winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the fourth day of the Cheltenham Festival
The horse In Accord falls after unseating jockey Tom Greenall while jumping the last fence during The Peter O'Sullevan National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup during the third day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 13, 2008. Old Benny won the race, with Over the Creek in second and Back on Line in thrid. Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Jockey Sam Thomas, left, and part owner Harry Findlay, right, celebrate alongside horse Denman after winning The Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Credit: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Jockey Sam Thomas rides Denman up the final straight to victory in The Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Denman won the race, favourite Kauto Star took second, and Neptune Collonges took third. Credit: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Ruby Walsh riding Fiveforthree is congratulated for winning of the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle on day four of the Cheltenham festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2008, in Cheltenham, England. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
Whiteoak and Jason Maguire win The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle. at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2008 in Cheltenham, England. Credit: Alan Crowhurst, Getty Images
A racegoer looks through his binoculars during the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle race on day four of the Cheltenham festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2008, in Cheltenham, England. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
Jockey Ruby Walsh pats his horse Master Minded as he rides up the final straight to win the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase. Credit: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Timmy Murphy rides Our Vic to victory in the Ryanair Steeple Chase at Cheltenham. Credit: Andrew Redington, Getty Images
Tony McCoy celebrates after riding Albertas Run to victory in The Royal And Sun Alliance Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2008, in Cheltenham, England. Credit: Andrew Redington, Getty Images
Jockey Ruby Walsh riding Master Minded, far left, jumps a fence during the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase. Credit: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Denis O'Regan celebrates after riding Inglis Drever to victory in The Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Credit: Andrew Redington, Getty Images
Runners clear the first fence in front of the main stand during third race the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
C. Huxley rides Old Benny (left) to victory from Josh Guerriero on Over The Creek during The Peter O'Sullevan National Hunt Steeple Chase Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2008, in Cheltenham, England. Credit: Andrew Redington, Getty Images
Tony McCoy and Albertas Run clear the last fence to land The Royal & Sun Alliance Steeple Chase Race run at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2008, in Cheltenham, England. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images
Flags fly in the wind inside Cheltenham race course before the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 12, 2008. Day two of the festival was abandoned after extremely strong winds were forecast amid worries for the spectators safety
A jockey rides a race horse on a morning gallop close to the tented village at Cheltenham race course before the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 12, 2008. Day two of the festival was abandoned after extremely strong winds were forecast amid worries for the spectators safety
A rider brings his horse back from the gallops at Cheltenham race course before the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 12, 2008. Day two of the festival was abandoned after extremely strong winds were forecast amid worries for the spectators safety
Tidal Bay, ridden by Denis O'Regan, jumps the last fence on the way to victory in the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival
Captain Cee Bee ridden by Robert Thornton wins The Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. Credit: Alan Crowhurst,Getty Images
Dennis O' Regan and Tidal Bay lead as they clear the water jump before landing The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images
Jockey Tony McCoy riding the horse 'Kruguyrova' jumps a fence during The Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase. McCoy is returning to racing after a serious riding injury, fracturing a vertabrae. Credit: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Miss Nina Carberry and Garde Champetre clear the last fence to land The BGC Handicap Steeple Chase Race run at Cheltenham. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images
Owners and trainers of the horse Katchit celebrate with jockey Robert 'Chocolate' Thornton, 2nd left, in the winners enclosure after winning The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle. Credit: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
An Accordion on the left ridden by Tom Scudamore wins goes on to win in the William Hill Trophy Handicap Steeple Chase on day one of the Cheltenham festival. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
The horses at the start of the first race the Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices Hurdle, day one of the Cheltenham festival. Credit: Phil Cole, Getty Images
A rainbow provides the perfect backdrop to the calm that was Cheltenham yesterday before the bedlam that will follow today
Captain Ceebee leads Siege Of Ennis in an early morning workout at Cheltenham Racecourse. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images
Oscar India, right, leads the Andrew McNamara partnered Sizing Europe back after a gallop at Cheltenham Racecourse. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images
Jockies Ruby Walsh, left, who will ride Kauto Star and Sam Thomas who will partner Denman in The Totesport Gold Cup. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images
Majella Brennan holds Sublimity, left, as Eddie Ryan keeps a hold of Sizing Europe after the pair enjoyed a pick of grass at Cheltenham racecourse. Credit: Julian Herbert, Getty Images

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