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Crowd's wait for the gates to open on day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

Crowd's wait for the gates to open on day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

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Crowd's wait for the gates to open on day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.

It’s 1pm at the Cheltenham festival and the party is in full swing in the infamous Guinness village beside the majestic Prestbury Park course.  

It’s a sea of herringbone tweed suits and bespoke trilby hats as old friends greet each other with big bear hugs and wrap their arms around each other for a selfie.

In the run-up to St Patrick’s Day, a traditional Irish band is playing music on stage and the bon homie is infectious as punters study the form and try to pick a winner from the card.