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Here come the girls: Cheltenham raceogoers don thigh high boots and fur to get the festival off to a glamorous start (and the bubbly is already flowing!)

  • The Cheltenham festival begins today at the iconic course in Gloucester
  • Early arrivals put on a glamorous display in hats festooned with colourful feathers
  • Leather leggings, fur trims and suede boots added a glamorous touch to proceedings
  • Alcohol sales have been restricted after drunken scenes in 2016  

The Spring racing season got off to a glamorous start this morning as revellers descended on Cheltenham racecourse.

While the nippy March weather means it's a little early for floaty frocks, attendees put a chic spin on warmer country casuals as they arrived festooned in feathered hats and furry trims. 

Proving they can hold their own against the glamour of Ascot and Aintree, revellers donned fashionable staples such as over-the-knee suede boots and even leather leggings. 

Revellers clink glasses as they treat themselves to a glass on fizz on the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester 

Revellers clink glasses as they treat themselves to a glass on fizz on the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester 

A racegoer kept the spring chill at bay in a very cosy-looking pink fur stole 
One of the more colourful attendees stood out from the crowd in a vibrant mustard two-piece, with a statement red bag

A racegoer kept the spring chill at bay in a very cosy-looking pink fur stole. One of the more colourful attendees stood out from the crowd in a vibrant mustard two-piece, with a statement red bag (right)

Suede over-the-knee boots added a glamorous edge to the country casuals look 
A pink-haired lady made sure she stood out from the crowd in a feathered fascinator and fishnet tights

Suede over-the-knee boots added a glamorous edge to the country casuals look (left). A pink-haired lady made sure she stood out from the crowd in a feathered fascinator and fishnet tights 

Getting the party started! Revellers were keen to get into the spirit of things as soon as the gates opened 

Getting the party started! Revellers were keen to get into the spirit of things as soon as the gates opened 

One woman put an edgy spin on traditional racing fashion as she stepped out in leather leggings 
Another opted for a similarly daring look in a short jumper dress teamed with flat boots

One woman put an edgy spin on traditional racing fashion as she stepped out in leather leggings. Another opted for a similarly daring look in a short jumper dress teamed with flat boots 

A man shared a tender moment with his female companion, throwing his arms around her as they made their way in to the racecourse 

A man shared a tender moment with his female companion, throwing his arms around her as they made their way in to the racecourse 

One woman stood out from the crowd in a hot pink coat worn over a floral dress
Another was the epitome of elegance in a black fur-trimmed coat and teamed with a veiled hat

One woman stood out from the crowd in a hot pink coat worn over a floral dress. Another was the epitome of elegance in a black fur-trimmed coat and teamed with a veiled hat 

This year is set to be a sedate affair at the iconic racecourse after bosses introduced a restriction on purchasing alcohol in 2017. 

Following drunken scenes in 2016, when well-heeled festival-goers saw footballers urinating into glasses and women flashing their breasts, the Jockey Club decided that enough was enough.

Those hoping to buy a round of several pints will be limited to just four at a time. The cap will apply to all alcoholic drinks, including wine, beer and spirits.

Every bar will have a water point, and the closing times for complimentary bars in hospitality will be brought forward.

A woman wearing the Zara coat that was so popular it had its own Instagram account teamed her outerwear with an elaborately feathered hat
A racegoer brightened up her monochrome outfit with red fur-trimmed gloves and a matching hat

A woman wearing the Zara coat that was so popular it had its own Instagram account teamed her outerwear with an elaborately feathered hat (left) A racegoer brightened up her monochrome outfit with red fur-trimmed gloves and a matching hat (right)

Racegoers arrive to enjoy a day of sporting action on the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester

Racegoers arrive to enjoy a day of sporting action on the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester

Some revellers decided to give just a subtle nod to racing fashion with an understated hat
Others went all out with eye-catching millinery

Some revellers decided to give just a subtle nod to racing fashion with an understated hat. But others went all out with eye-catching millinery 

One of the youngest attendees definitely looked the part in a fur-trimmed cape and comfortable fur-lined boots 

One of the youngest attendees definitely looked the part in a fur-trimmed cape and comfortable fur-lined boots 

A racegoer takes a selfie of herself with a statue of former gold cup winner Best Mate during Champion Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival 

A racegoer takes a selfie of herself with a statue of former gold cup winner Best Mate during Champion Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival 

Country casual staples such as tweed, tartan and sensible boots were out in force
Many opted for earthy tones of brown and green

Country casual staples such as tweed, tartan and sensible boots were out in force, with many opting for earthy tones of brown and green

True blue! One woman looked impeccably co-ordinated in a creamy and navy hat that matched her coat exactly
Another was also looking elegant in shades of azure

True blue! ONe woman looked impeccably co-ordinated in a creamy and navy hat that matched her coat exactly. Another was also looking elegant in shades of azure 

 

 

 

 

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