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
The Guiness was already in full flow as the gates opened at 10:30am, with these racegoers dressing to the theme
Phwoar-leaf clover: These fine fillies went all out to celebrate the St Patrick’s theme on day three of the races at Cheltenham
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.
For the third day running the stormy weather showed no sign of letting up, with fashionable revellers battling against the elements
A craic-ing good effort! Many Cheltenham fans adopted the traditional St Patrick’s Thursday dress code
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
Revellers came prepared for the wet weather, with some opting for disposable overshoes to protect their footwear from the rain
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
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.
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.