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It’s fashionista Friday! Cheltenham revellers get things off to a glamorous start in fur and feathers as they start the weekend early

  • It’s the final day of the festival and the world’s best Jump horses will take to the stage for the famous Gold Cup
  • Revellers have battled gale force winds and showers all week, and today looks to be no different
  • Last year’s race was won in fine style by Native River – and he’s widely tipped to do the double
  • Yesterday jockey Bryony Frost made history, becoming first female to ride a Grade One winner at Cheltenham 

Hayley Richardson For Mailonline

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It’s Gold Cup day at Cheltenham, and eager revellers donned very extravagant headgear as they flocked to Prestbury Park this morning to witness the festival’s spectacular grand finale.

Feathers and florals were the order of the day, with many opting for chic tartan suits and fur-lined coats to keep out the early Spring chill. 

Carol Vorderman was one of the first celebrities to arrive, making a statement with a monochrome look set off by bright red gloves and a large waisted belt with a gold buckle.

The Gold Cup is the jewel in the crown of jump racing, with reigning champion Native River in with a strong chance of doing the double if he can fend off hotly tipped rival Presenting Percy.

Carol Vorderman looks keen to make an impact with this striking monochrome look, perfectly set off by a pair of bright red leather gloves and an eye-catching waisted belt

Carol Vorderman looks keen to make an impact with this striking monochrome look, perfectly set off by a pair of bright red leather gloves and an eye-catching waisted belt

Carol whipped off her grey wide-brimmed hat for a photo, showing off her long wavy tresses

Carol whipped off her grey wide-brimmed hat for a photo, showing off her long wavy tresses

Carol Vorderman looks keen to make an impact with this striking monochrome look, perfectly set off by a pair of bright red leather gloves and an eye-catching waisted belt

Brolly good: Two female racegoers take shelter under a yellow check umbrella as they made their way into the grounds of Prestbury Park

Brolly good: Two female racegoers take shelter under a yellow check umbrella as they made their way into the grounds of Prestbury Park

Brolly good: Two female racegoers take shelter under a yellow check umbrella as they made their way into the grounds of Prestbury Park

Cheltenham racegoers filter into the paddock for the Gold Cup - with this lady going the extra mile with their head gear

Cheltenham racegoers filter into the paddock for the Gold Cup - with this lady going the extra mile with their head gear

Another opts for a silver sequined beret adorned with a bright purple flower to match her outfit and pheasant feathers

Another opts for a silver sequined beret adorned with a bright purple flower to match her outfit and pheasant feathers

Hats off to them! Cheltenham racegoers filter into the paddock for the Gold Cup – with these two ladies going the extra mile with their head gear

The Guinness was flowing at Cheltenham yesterday as St Patrick’s Thursday saw racegoers well and truly get into the Irish party spirit.

It was a magical day of racing, with jockey Bryony Frost riding into the history books to become the first female to ride a Grade One winner at the meet. 

Just over an hour later jockey Lizzie Kelly followed suit, winning the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase aboard Siruh Du Lac. 

There were wild celebrations in the paddock after Paisley Park romped to victory in the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.

Richard Hammond battles against the elements with his family as they arrive at a rain-lashed Cheltenham this morning

Richard Hammond battles against the elements with his family as they arrive at a rain-lashed Cheltenham this morning

Richard Hammond battles against the elements with his family as they arrive at a rain-lashed Cheltenham this morning

Made in Chelsea stars Liv Bentley and Digby Edgley arrive at Cheltenham

Made in Chelsea stars Liv Bentley and Digby Edgley arrive at Cheltenham

Gareth and Ollie Locke take shelter under a brolley as the duo arrive in blue jeans for a day of racing

Gareth and Ollie Locke take shelter under a brolley as the duo arrive in blue jeans for a day of racing

The weather was better in Chelsea! Made in Chelsea stars Liv Bentley and Digby Edgley (left) and Ollie and Gareth Locke make their way into the grounds

Feeling furbulous: Fur was very much on-trend, with revellers sporting cosy coats, fuzzy boot toppers and warm scarves

Feeling furbulous: Fur was very much on-trend, with revellers sporting cosy coats, fuzzy boot toppers and warm scarves

This stylish guest opted for a casual look dressed up with fur accessories

This stylish guest opted for a casual look dressed up with fur accessories

Feeling furbulous: Fur was very much on-trend, with revellers sporting cosy coats, fuzzy boot toppers and warm scarves

A brightly coloured pair grab a coffee as they make their way into Prestbury Park for an action-packed day of racing

A brightly coloured pair grab a coffee as they make their way into Prestbury Park for an action-packed day of racing

A brightly coloured pair grab a coffee as they make their way into Prestbury Park for an action-packed day of racing

These two fine fillies opted for a black and white theme to their outfits - with one braving the chilly weather with bare legs and a light jacket

These two fine fillies opted for a black and white theme to their outfits - with one braving the chilly weather with bare legs and a light jacket

This reveller opted for a vintage pink ensemble topped off with a stunning floral and feathered hat

This reveller opted for a vintage pink ensemble topped off with a stunning floral and feathered hat

These two fine fillies (left) opted for a black and white theme to their outfits – with one braving the chilly weather with bare legs and a light jacket – while another opted for a vintage pink ensemble topped off with a stunning floral and feathered hat

Selfie queen: A racegoer pauses to get a snap of her best side as she marches into the paddock for the final day of the meet

Selfie queen: A racegoer pauses to get a snap of her best side as she marches into the paddock for the final day of the meet

Selfie queen: A racegoer pauses to get a snap of her best side as she marches into the paddock for the final day of the meet

A reveller clings onto her shoes and draws her coat above her head as the heavens opened this morning

A reveller clings onto her shoes and draws her coat above her head as the heavens opened this morning

Visitors came prepared for the rain, which has been making a nuisance out of itself all week at the festival

Visitors came prepared for the rain, which has been making a nuisance out of itself all week at the festival

Visitors came prepared for the rain, which has been making a nuisance out of itself all week at the festival

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.

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But the seven-year-old made a miraculous recovery, going on to win all four of his races this season, including Grade One successes at Ascot and Cheltenham.

Tears were shed as Gemmell, who relies on radio commentaries and tannoys for racing updates, and trainer Emma Lavelle lifted the trophy following jockey Aidan Coleman’s spectacular ride.

Comedian Dom Joly also came prepared for the wet weather, and donned a smart green tartan check wool suit - a nod to the surrounding Gloucestershire countryside

Comedian Dom Joly also came prepared for the wet weather, and donned a smart green tartan check wool suit - a nod to the surrounding Gloucestershire countryside

Comedian Dom Joly also came prepared for the wet weather, and donned a smart green tartan check wool suit – a nod to the surrounding Gloucestershire countryside

The skies might not be bright overhead, but these racegoers made sure their outfits more than made up for it

The skies might not be bright overhead, but these racegoers made sure their outfits more than made up for it

A reveller strides into the grounds in a bright orange mac

A reveller strides into the grounds in a bright orange mac

The skies might not be bright overhead, but these racegoers made sure their outfits more than made up for it

No raining on their parade! Revellers refuse to let the wet weather dampen their spirits as they arrive ready to party

No raining on their parade! Revellers refuse to let the wet weather dampen their spirits as they arrive ready to party

No raining on their parade! Revellers refuse to let the wet weather dampen their spirits as they arrive ready to party

Family affair: Gillian (left), Patrick and Raymond Gilborne returned to Cheltenham today, and their chic outfits were yet again impressively coordinated

Family affair: Gillian (left), Patrick and Raymond Gilborne returned to Cheltenham today, and their chic outfits were yet again impressively coordinated

Family affair: Gillian (left), Patrick and Raymond Gilborne returned to Cheltenham today, and their chic outfits were yet again impressively coordinated

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for day four 

 13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 

Best bet: Sir Erec 1-1

Next best: Pic D’orhy 8-1

14:10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle 

Best bet: Ch’tibello 15-2

Next best: Mr Adjudicator 12-1

14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Best bet: Lisnagar Oscar 13-2

Next best: Derrinross 12-1

15:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup 

Best bet: Presenting Percy 7-2 

 Next best: Native River 9-2

16:10 Foxhunter Chase

Best bet: Caid Du Berlais 8-1

Next best: Top Wood 25-1

16:50 Grand Annual Handicap Chase

Best bet: Bun Doran 14-1 

Next best: Marracudja 14-1

17:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Best bet: Early Doors 13-2

Next best: Cartwright 8-1

 

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