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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

The best images from a fantastic first day at the festival

It’s festival time: the crowds are starting to build in the Guinness village as the sun shines on day one
It’s festival time: the crowds are starting to build in the Guinness village as the sun shines on day one
It’s roar time: packed stands watch the runners in the Supreme Novices’ start the 2018 festival
It’s roar time: packed stands watch the runners in the Supreme Novices’ start the 2018 festival
Fight to the finish: it’s on in the Supreme Novices’ as Kalashnikov (yellow silks) and Mengli Khan lock horns up the hill. Summerville Boy makes a hash of the last with Noel Fehily pushed up the saddle, but the pair still had time to produce a storming fini
Fight to the finish: it’s on in the Supreme Novices’ as Kalashnikov (yellow silks) and Mengli Khan lock horns up the hill. Summerville Boy makes a hash of the last with Noel Fehily pushed up the saddle, but the pair still had time to produce a storming fini
Come on my son: Kalashnikov’s groom Seamus Flaherty roars on his horse up the hill in the Supreme Novices’
Come on my son: Kalashnikov’s groom Seamus Flaherty roars on his horse up the hill in the Supreme Novices’
He’s underway: Ruby Walsh gives the thumbs-up to the cameras having got off the mark for the 2018 festival thanks to a scintillating display from Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle
He’s underway: Ruby Walsh gives the thumbs-up to the cameras having got off the mark for the 2018 festival thanks to a scintillating display from Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle
Gotcha there Michael! Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary, whose Petit Mouchoir was third, congratulates winning trainer Willie Mullins after the victory of Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle
Gotcha there Michael! Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary, whose Petit Mouchoir was third, congratulates winning trainer Willie Mullins after the victory of Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle
Overcome: the emotions hit Lizzie Kelly after she lands her first festival victory on Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima Handicap Chase
Overcome: the emotions hit Lizzie Kelly after she lands her first festival victory on Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima Handicap Chase
My Star: Lizzie Kelly looks admiringly at Coo Star Sivola in the winner’s spot after their success in the Ultima Handicap Chase
My Star: Lizzie Kelly looks admiringly at Coo Star Sivola in the winner’s spot after their success in the Ultima Handicap Chase
What a thriller: reigning champ Buveur D’Air has a fight on his hands as young gun Melon (far side) eyeballs him at the last in the Champion Hurdle
What a thriller: reigning champ Buveur D’Air has a fight on his hands as young gun Melon (far side) eyeballs him at the last in the Champion Hurdle
Some sight: Cheltenham is agog as racegoers witness a thrilling finish to the Champion Hurdle, won by Buveur D’Air for the second year
Some sight: Cheltenham is agog as racegoers witness a thrilling finish to the Champion Hurdle, won by Buveur D’Air for the second year
Well done hubby: Barry Geraghty gets a kiss from wife Paula after his Champion Hurdle success on Buveur D’Air
Well done hubby: Barry Geraghty gets a kiss from wife Paula after his Champion Hurdle success on Buveur D’Air
That’s my winner: Rich Ricci punches the air as Benie Des Dieux gives him success at this year’s festival in the Mares’ Hurdle
That’s my winner: Rich Ricci punches the air as Benie Des Dieux gives him success at this year’s festival in the Mares’ Hurdle
The thrill of the festival: all the emotions of the crowd on a thrilling first day of action
The thrill of the festival: all the emotions of the crowd on a thrilling first day of action
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