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Dare to bare! Glamorous Cheltenham racegoers defy windy conditions to flash their legs in VERY short hemlines – as they prepare to party on St Patrick’s Thursday
- Fashionistas have battled stormy weather all week, with many revellers clinging to their hats and clothing
- Today’s forecast looks to be calmer, with morning showers giving way to cloudy skies and 20mph winds
- Punters today will be eager to see if Paisley Park can romp to victory in the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle
The Guinness will be flowing at Cheltenham today as St Patrick’s Thursday sees racegoers have a craic at getting into the Irish party spirit.
Fashionistas have battled against gale force winds all week, with many revellers clinging to their hats and clothing as they entered the race track.
Today’s weather looks to be a little calmer, with morning showers giving way to cloudy skies and a wind speed of around 20mph.
Here come the girls! Revellers get into the Irish party spirit as they arrive for St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham Festival today
Female visitors put on a leggy display as they showed up for an action-packed day of racing at Prestbury Park
Phwoar-leaf clover: These fine fillies went all out to celebrate the St Patrick’s theme on day three of the races at Cheltenham
The Guiness was already in full flow as the gates opened at 10:30am, with these racegoers dressing to the theme
Stylish revellers were out in force for Ladies Day yesterday, which offered up a sea of daringly short skirts and plunging necklines.
Day two of the competition saw the return of the #ColourMeMarch competition, where for the first time male as well as female racegoers were encouraged to add a splash of colour to their outfits.
Punters today will be eager to see if Paisley Park will romp to victory in the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.
Two years ago the race horse, owned by former shop steward Andrew Gemmell who has been blind since birth, nearly died from a serious illness.
But the seven-year-old made a miraculous recovery and has gone on to win all four of his races this season, including Grade One successes at Ascot and Cheltenham.
Zara and Mike Tindall returned for day three of the festival, having attended every day so far. Zara wore a coat by Pip Howeson and an eye-catching hat by upcoming London milliner Bundle MacLaren
Steal Zara’s style with a coat by Pip Howeson
It’s been a right royal affair at this years Cheltenham Festival so far with Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cornwall making an appearance, but one royal guest who is making the most of this year’s event is Zara Tindall.
She’s been spotted at the races every day, and with each one, she’s provided us with some regal inspiration. Today, she’s opted for a more classic approach by wearing a grey coat by Pip Howeson, which she styled with the ‘Cordelia’ hat by Bundle MacLaren.
The ‘Scallop’ coat is a great option for such a prestigious event, and with the fit and flare silhouette, it’s tailored to flatter the figure effortlessly.
It’s a statement piece in its own right and a timeless one at that, so if you’ve got the cash to splash then copy Zara and click the image to buy her coat.
Alternatively, peruse our edit of picks from Great Plains, Mint Velvet and Reiss, which will no doubt have you catching everyone’s attention.
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A group of friends get into the party spirit as they pose for a snap in the grounds of Prestbury Park this morning
Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo also returned for another day of racing, this time rocking an oversized tweed coat and silk paisley patterned scarf
For the third day running the stormy weather showed no sign of letting up, with fashionable revellers battling against the elements
A family day out! This glam trio (left) look raring to go, with father and son clearly taking style inspiration from the surrounding Gloucestershire countryside. Meanwhile this lady (right) was a vision of elegance in emerald green
Nailing it: One stylish punter opted for multicoloured nails with a Peaky Blinders-style flat cap, while her pal was decked out in green and white tartan
A craic-ing good effort! Many Cheltenham fans adopted the traditional St Patrick’s Thursday dress code
Seeing red: A gang of lads put their best foot forward in matching red trousers, with many sporting flat caps as a nod to the countryside event
Things are going to get messy! These ladies have already been hitting the gin and tonics as they rocked up for a day of festivities
Many ladies went for bold, block colours and structured beret-style hats with feather and bow embellishments
This fella will be hoping he has the luck o’ the Irish in the races today, which get underway after lunch
One reveller (left) has given up on her high heels already, while another looked stylish in a grey check tuxedo dress and over-the-knee black boots
Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for day three
13:30 JLT Novices’ Chase
Best bet: Kildisart 9-1
Next best: Mengli Khan 14-1
14:10 Pertemps Network Hurdle
Best best: First Assignment 11-1
Next best: Nothwhatiam 12-1
14:50 Ryanair Chase
Best best: Monalee 4-1
Next best: Road to Respect 9-2
15:30 Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle
Best best: Paisley Park 15-8
Next best: West Approach 22-1
16:10 Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Plate Chase
Best best: Spiritofthe Games 8-1
Next best: Janika 9-2
16:50 National Hunt Mares’ Hurdle
Best best: Epatante 9-4
Next best: Posh Trish 6-1
17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Race
Best best: Rogue Angel 20-1
Next best: Any Second Now 9-1
Racing fans will be hoping Gemmell, who relies on radio commentaries and tannoys for racing updates, and trainer Emma Lavelle get their fairytale ending in today’s Stayers’ Hurdle.
On Day One, Espoir D’Allen, rode by jockey Mark Walsh, defied the odds to beat favourite and two-time winner Buveur D’Air to take gold in the Champion Hurdle.
And there was a photo-finish yesterday in the Coral Cup Hurdle, with Altior clinching the win over Sceau Royal by a whisker.
Bright colours were certainly the order of the day, with one racegoer (left) opting for a mustard yellow suit and another (right) sporting bold green trousers
Time for a selfie: Two glamorous revellers pose for a photo, showing off their stylish trilbys with feather embellishment
A jolly reveller arrived in an emerald green suit with a jacket and tie emblazoned with four-leaf clovers, while another painted his face in colours of the Irish flag
Lucking out for a winner: A Cheltenham visitor checks out today’s line-up as racing prepares to get underway
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Cheltenham Festival racegoers flash their legs as they prepare to party on St Patrick's Thursday