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.
Ladies (right) dared to bear on day three of the Cheltenham competition, while another knocks back the beer as she enjoys the afternoon sunshine
Here come the girls! Revellers get into the Irish party spirit as they arrive for St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham Festival today
Racegoers certainly weren’t afraid of wearing vibrant hues
Phwoar-leaf clover: These fine fillies went all out to celebrate the St Patrick’s theme on day three of the races at Cheltenham
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
The wind was still playing havoc with punters, blowing this lady’s locks out of place
Blustery blondes! These perfectly coiffed racegoers didn’t let the windy conditions dampen their spirits on Thursday
Big celebrations: A lucky racegoer celebrates as his horse romps to victory in one of the afternoon races at Prestbury Park
Time for a selfie! One woman wearing a figure-hugging dress couldn’t resist taking a snap as she arrived at Prestbury Park
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 Tindall (left) and Dolly Maude (second right) cheer on the horses in the opening race of today’s schedule at 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
Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster were in attendance at today’s races, with the Loose Woman looking chic in a brown fur coat and feathered trilby
Cheers! Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster kicked the day off with a glass of bubbles in their private box
Gone with the wind! Glamorous Penny Lancaster appeared to struggle with the elements as she took in the racing action
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
Bryony Frost rode to glory in the Ryanair Chase aboard Frodon, becoming the first woman to ride a Grade One winner at Cheltenham
History is made on day three as a female jockey rides into the history books…
It’s been a magical day of racing at Cheltenham so far, with history made in the Ryanair Chase event.
Bryony Frost secured her place in the record books by becoming the first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner at Cheltenham, romping home aboard Frodon and thrilling the crowds at Prestbury Park.
She told ITV Racing: ‘My god, he jumps and just at that minute when he got overtaken, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said, “Don’t you dare give up, don’t you dare not send me into the last – I want this more than you, now come on, where are you”.
‘Just look at what he’s done there – deny that he just loves racing. He’s unbelievable. He just made the dream come true, it’s just incredible. He will deserve every single high five, pat and carrot.’
The curtain-raiser JLT Novices’ Chase was won by Defi Du Seuil, ridden by Barry Geraghty.
Sire Du Berlais took gold in the Pertemps Network Hurdle, and Paisley Park, ridden by Aidan Coleman, delighted onlookers as he won the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.
Bryony Frost celebrates victory in the Ryanair Chase aboard Frodon during St Patrick’s Thursday of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival
For the third day running the stormy weather showed no sign of letting up, with fashionable revellers battling against the elements
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
The wind continued to make a nuisance of itself at Cheltenham, with one unfortunate reveller suffering a ‘Marilyn moment’
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
Sheltering from the elements: A group of older racegoers kept warm with thick tweed coats, hats and scarves
Start ’em young! One mother appeared to let her child enjoy a sip of Guinness as St. Patrick’s Thursday got underway
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
Check these girls out! This quartet all opted for check jackets and blazers – with one going the whole hog with a matching skirt
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
Backed a winner? Dressed casually in black jeans, one racegoer was spotted celebrating at the racing action got underway
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
This stylish trio pouted for the cameras as they showed off their pins in short skirts and tight leather trousers
Lucking out for a winner: A Cheltenham visitor checks out today’s line-up as racing prepares to get underway