Tennis star Andy Murray and his wife Kim Murray watch the opening race on Ladies Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, the showpiece of jump racing.

The Princess Royal (center) and Zara Tindall (right) watch the action during Ladies Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Ladies Day brings out the finery to light up Cheltenham’s Prestbury Park racecourse.

The Cheltenham Festival attracts huge crowds to jump racing’s blue riband event in the Cotswolds region of England.

Altor (center), ridden by Nico de Boinville, made it 18 straight wins with victory in the feature race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on Ladies’ Day Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jockey Mark Walsh rode Espoir D’Allen to win the feature Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the 2019 Festival.

The Champion Hurdle is one of the big four races at the Festival.

Walsh was presented with the winning trophy by actress and model Liz Hurley at Cheltenham.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (left) was in attendance on day one. The Scot is a part owner of Gold Cup joint-favorite Clan Des Obeaux.

Rain at the start of the week made for a muddy racecourse.

The Festival features four days of top-class jump racing action.

The betting market is frenetic during the week with punters trying to beat the oddsmakers.

Rain sits in puddles on the all-weather surface of the Cheltenham gallops ahead of the Festival. (Digital filters were used in this image)

Horses cross the course after exercising ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.



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