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  • 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  

By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline

Published: 06:57 EDT, 13 March 2018 | Updated: 11:18 EDT, 13 March 2018

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

While the nippy March weather meant most people found it a little too 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. 

While some racing fans opted to keep warm in huge Cossack-style hats, others braved the chill in body-con dresses and heels. 

Revellers were joined by royalty in the form of Princess Anne and her pregnant daughter Zara Tindall, 36, who is due to give birth to her second child in the summer, along with her husband Mike. 

The former equestrian champion is a regular at the four-day festival in Gloucester, and looked glowing as she wrapped up in a loose fitting navy coat which skimmed over her baby bump. 

Zara eschewed fussy feathers and fascinators in favour of a smart grey fedora by London-based hatmaker Goldust Millinery.

Getting the party started! It's the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester and spirits are already running high as revellers tuck into the champagne 
Getting the party started! It's the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester and spirits are already running high as revellers tuck into the champagne 

Getting the party started! It's the first day of the Cheltenham festival in Gloucester and spirits are already running high as revellers tuck into the champagne 

Disco inferno! Two friends donned looked like they were ready for the dancelfoor as they stepped out in an array of sequins
Disco inferno! Two friends donned looked like they were ready for the dancelfoor as they stepped out in an array of sequins
One girl sported a daring red ensemble with sheer panels at the midriff and thighs
One girl sported a daring red ensemble with sheer panels at the midriff and thighs

Disco inferno! Two friends donned looked like they were ready for the dancelfoor as they stepped out in an array of sequins, including a daring red ensemble with sheer panels at the midriff and thighs 

My Fair Lady! One girl was channeling her inner Eliza Doolittle in a white jumpsuit and a dramatic hat
My Fair Lady! One girl was channeling her inner Eliza Doolittle in a white jumpsuit and a dramatic hat
Boogie nights! A racegoer rocked '70s style in a sequinned catsuit with enormous statement sleeves
Boogie nights! A racegoer rocked '70s style in a sequinned catsuit with enormous statement sleeves

My Fair Lady! One girl was channeling her inner Eliza Doolittle in a white jumpsuit and a dramatic hat (left). Boogie nights! A racegoer rocked '70s style in a sequinned catsuit with enormous statement sleeves (right)

A woman in navy braved the walk through the racecourse in spiky heels
A woman in navy braved the walk through the racecourse in spiky heels
It's not all about country casuals, as this woman in leopard print proved
It's not all about country casuals, as this woman in leopard print proved

A woman in navy braved the walk through the racecourse in spiky heels (left). It's not all about country casuals, as this woman in leopard print proved (right)

Revellers couldn't hide their excitement as they cheered on the runners on the opening day of Cheltenham 
Revellers couldn't hide their excitement as they cheered on the runners on the opening day of Cheltenham 

Revellers couldn't hide their excitement as they cheered on the runners on the opening day of Cheltenham 

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

The Cheltenham Roar takes place ahead of the first race during Champion Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival
The Cheltenham Roar takes place ahead of the first race during Champion Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Roar takes place ahead of the first race during Champion Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Racegoers look on during Champion Day which kicked off at 1.30pm with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdles, won by Summerville Boy 
Racegoers look on during Champion Day which kicked off at 1.30pm with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdles, won by Summerville Boy 

Racegoers look on during Champion Day which kicked off at 1.30pm with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdles, won by Summerville Boy 

A racegoer kept the spring chill at bay in a very cosy-looking pink fur stole 
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
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)

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 

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

Pregnant Zara Tindall donned a cosy winter coat, which skimmed over her baby bump as she joined revellers on the first day of Cheltenham 
Pregnant Zara Tindall donned a cosy winter coat, which skimmed over her baby bump as she joined revellers on the first day of Cheltenham 
Her mother Princess Anne wore a very similar outfit, wrapping up in a navy coat teamed with a grey hat
Her mother Princess Anne wore a very similar outfit, wrapping up in a navy coat teamed with a grey hat

Pregnant Zara Tindall donned a cosy winter coat, which skimmed over her baby bump as she joined revellers on the first day of Cheltenham. Her mother Princess Anne wore a very similar outfit, wrapping up in a navy coat teamed with a grey hat 

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 

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

Ladies in red! Some raceogers eschewed buttoned up country casuals in favour of body-con dresses teamed with heels
Ladies in red! Some raceogers eschewed buttoned up country casuals in favour of body-con dresses teamed with heels
One woman donned a scalloped hem lace mini dress with nude sandals
One woman donned a scalloped hem lace mini dress with nude sandals

Ladies in red! Some raceogers eschewed buttoned up country casuals in favour of body-con dresses teamed with heels. One woman donned a scalloped hem lace mini dress with nude sandals (right) 

One woman put an edgy spin on traditional racing fashion as she stepped out in leather leggings 
One woman put an edgy spin on traditional racing fashion as she stepped out in leather leggings 
Designer Jade Holland Cooper, whose label Holland Cooper is sponsoring the Leading Jockey Award, arrived in her own designs, including £899 leather trousers and a £599 cashmere scarf
Designer Jade Holland Cooper, whose label Holland Cooper is sponsoring the Leading Jockey Award, arrived in her own designs, including £899 leather trousers and a £599 cashmere scarf

One woman put an edgy spin on traditional racing fashion as she stepped out in leather leggings. Designer Jade Holland Cooper, whose label Holland Cooper is sponsoring the Leading Jockey Award, arrived in her own designs, including £899 leather trousers and a £599 cashmere scarf 

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 

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
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
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 

And she added a splash of colour to her look by accessorising with a smart burgundy handbag.  

Champion Day kicks off the four-day extravaganza, which will culminate with the Gold Cup on Friday - one of the jewels in the annual racing calendar.

A steady stream of punters were making their way through the gates before 10am on Tuesday morning, and many were keen to get the party started earlier by treating themselves to a glass of bubbly ahead of the sporting action.

Action on the track didn't get underway until 1.30pm, when Summerville Boy lunged late to claim a thrilling renewal of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the first race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

A racegoer celebrates backing a winner in the first race during the during Champion Day
A racegoer celebrates backing a winner in the first race during the during Champion Day

A racegoer celebrates backing a winner in the first race during the during Champion Day

Mike Tindall and a male friend looked animated as they cheered on the riders at Cheltenham 
Mike Tindall and a male friend looked animated as they cheered on the riders at Cheltenham 

Mike Tindall and a male friend looked animated as they cheered on the riders at Cheltenham 

Feathered friends! A woman looked striking in an elaborately decorated hat
Feathered friends! A woman looked striking in an elaborately decorated hat
Another added interest to her outfit with a leopard print snood and a dramatic headpiece
Another added interest to her outfit with a leopard print snood and a dramatic headpiece

Feathered friends! A woman looked striking in an elaborately decorated hat (left). Another added interest to her outfit with a leopard print snood and a dramatic headpiece 

Two friends kept a close eye on the action on track as the famous racing festival got underway
Two friends kept a close eye on the action on track as the famous racing festival got underway

Two friends kept a close eye on the action on track as the famous racing festival got underway

Security was tight with armed police on patrol as revellers entered the racecourse. They have been a regular presence at the event since the 2016 festival 
Security was tight with armed police on patrol as revellers entered the racecourse. They have been a regular presence at the event since the 2016 festival 

Security was tight with armed police on patrol as revellers entered the racecourse. They have been a regular presence at the event since the 2016 festival 

Racegoers arriving at Cheltenham Spa train station ready for the first day of the Cheltenham Festival
Racegoers arriving at Cheltenham Spa train station ready for the first day of the Cheltenham Festival

Racegoers arriving at Cheltenham Spa train station ready for the first day of the Cheltenham Festival

Off to a bubbly start! Racegoers were spotted sipping from mini bottles of Moet as they got into the swing of the festivities 
Off to a bubbly start! Racegoers were spotted sipping from mini bottles of Moet as they got into the swing of the festivities 

Off to a bubbly start! Racegoers were spotted sipping from mini bottles of Moet as they got into the swing of the festivities 

A racegoer digs his umbrella into the turf to check the conditions at Cheltenham racecourse
A racegoer digs his umbrella into the turf to check the conditions at Cheltenham racecourse

A racegoer digs his umbrella into the turf to check the conditions at Cheltenham racecourse

Over-the-knee boots might not be the most obvious choice with a tweedy suit but they were very much the fashionable choice for this year's festival
Over-the-knee boots might not be the most obvious choice with a tweedy suit but they were very much the fashionable choice for this year's festival
A racegoer mixed things up by donning a pale blue suit with nude heels
A racegoer mixed things up by donning a pale blue suit with nude heels

Over-the-knee boots might not be the most obvious choice with a tweedy suit but they were very much the fashionable choice for this year's festival (left). A racegoer mixed things up by donning a pale blue suit with nude heels (right) 

Competition for the horses! One woman put on a quirky display by tucking a pink unicorn toy horse under her jacket 
Competition for the horses! One woman put on a quirky display by tucking a pink unicorn toy horse under her jacket 

Competition for the horses! One woman put on a quirky display by tucking a pink unicorn toy horse under her jacket 

Fur and feathers were the most popular trimmings of the day as racegoers stepped out in their finest fashions 
Fur and feathers were the most popular trimmings of the day as racegoers stepped out in their finest fashions 

Fur and feathers were the most popular trimmings of the day as racegoers stepped out in their finest fashions 

Men were seen cleaning mud off their shoes as they arrived at the racecourse 
Men were seen cleaning mud off their shoes as they arrived at the racecourse 

Men were seen cleaning mud off their shoes as they arrived at the racecourse 

This woman ticked all the main race day trends in over-the-knee boots, a fur trimmed checked cape and a furry hat
This woman ticked all the main race day trends in over-the-knee boots, a fur trimmed checked cape and a furry hat
Another reveller looked equally glamorous in a grey coat with a statement white fur collar
Another reveller looked equally glamorous in a grey coat with a statement white fur collar

This woman ticked all the main race day trends in over-the-knee boots, a fur trimmed checked cape and a furry hat (left). Another reveller looked equally glamorous in a grey coat with a statement white fur collar 

Summerville Boy ridden by jockey Noel Fehily celebrates winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race
Summerville Boy ridden by jockey Noel Fehily celebrates winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race

Summerville Boy ridden by jockey Noel Fehily celebrates winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race

Footballer turned presenter and sports pundit Jamie Redknapp looked to be enjoying his afternoon out 
Footballer turned presenter and sports pundit Jamie Redknapp looked to be enjoying his afternoon out 

Footballer turned presenter and sports pundit Jamie Redknapp looked to be enjoying his afternoon out 

A smartly dressed couple taking in the action on the course as Champion Day kicked off the 2018 Cheltenham festival  
A smartly dressed couple taking in the action on the course as Champion Day kicked off the 2018 Cheltenham festival  

A smartly dressed couple taking in the action on the course as Champion Day kicked off the 2018 Cheltenham festival  

ITV Racing presenter Francesca Cumani looked impeccable in an elegant green hat
ITV Racing presenter Francesca Cumani looked impeccable in an elegant green hat
Another reveller showed her great taste in millinery in a feathered number
Another reveller showed her great taste in millinery in a feathered number

ITV Racing presenter Francesca Cumani looked impeccable in an elegant green hat (left). Another reveller showed her great taste in millinery in a feathered number (right)

Noel Fehily on board Summerville Boy celebrates winning the opening race, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
Noel Fehily on board Summerville Boy celebrates winning the opening race, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Noel Fehily on board Summerville Boy celebrates winning the opening race, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Tom George's horse, a 9-1 shot in the hands of Noel Fehily, was untidy at the second flight from the finish and also the last, but he devoured the hill to get up and beat Kalashnikov in the dying strides. 

However, this year is set to be a sedate affair 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 has been brought forward.

Security was also tight at the racecourse, which has been patrolled by armed police since 2016. 

The measure was first introduced after 130 people were killed by terrorists at the Bataclan in Paris in November 2015.  

A racegoer dressed in a very eye-catching tartan ensemble enjoys the 'Guinness Village' at Cheltenham racecourse
A racegoer dressed in a very eye-catching tartan ensemble enjoys the 'Guinness Village' at Cheltenham racecourse

A racegoer dressed in a very eye-catching tartan ensemble enjoys the 'Guinness Village' at Cheltenham racecourse

2018 marks the third year armed police have had a presence at the course, amid fears of terror attacks 
2018 marks the third year armed police have had a presence at the course, amid fears of terror attacks 

2018 marks the third year armed police have had a presence at the course, amid fears of terror attacks 

Racing fans were no doubt delighted to have a day off to enjoy a beer in the sunshine ahead of the racing 
Racing fans were no doubt delighted to have a day off to enjoy a beer in the sunshine ahead of the racing 

Racing fans were no doubt delighted to have a day off to enjoy a beer in the sunshine ahead of the racing 

Fans were eager to commemorate their day out with a selfie beside the famous statue of former gold cup winner Best Mate
Fans were eager to commemorate their day out with a selfie beside the famous statue of former gold cup winner Best Mate

Fans were eager to commemorate their day out with a selfie beside the famous statue of former gold cup winner Best Mate

Revellers started pouring through the gates before 10am even though the first race doesn't take place until 1.30pm 
Revellers started pouring through the gates before 10am even though the first race doesn't take place until 1.30pm 

Revellers started pouring through the gates before 10am even though the first race doesn't take place until 1.30pm 

However, Gloucester Police have urged racegoers not to be alarmed by the sight of armed officers, saying: 'Please be reassured – purely precautionary and reassurance measure. Feel free to pop over and say hello.' 

There will be around 6,000 temporary staff joining 100 permanent employees working to ensure the huge event runs smoothly, with around 260,000 people expected to visit in the coming days. 

Organisers this year are making a concerted efforts to clamp down on ticket touts and have been repeating messages over the tannoys, warning that people caught selling on tickets will be ejected from the site.

Earlier today, Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse confirmed the going was heavy although soft in places.

Love Island Star Chris Hughes made sure that all eyes were on him in an eye-catching houndstooth coat and matching waistcoat by Holland Cooper
Love Island Star Chris Hughes made sure that all eyes were on him in an eye-catching houndstooth coat and matching waistcoat by Holland Cooper

Love Island Star Chris Hughes made sure that all eyes were on him in an eye-catching houndstooth coat and matching waistcoat by Holland Cooper

A woman in a hot pink furry coat stood out from her male companions as they made their way through the course 
A woman in a hot pink furry coat stood out from her male companions as they made their way through the course 

A woman in a hot pink furry coat stood out from her male companions as they made their way through the course 

Pregnant Zara Tindall looked in great spirits as she and her dapper husband Mike joined revellers at the course in Gloucester for a day of sporting action
Pregnant Zara Tindall looked in great spirits as she and her dapper husband Mike joined revellers at the course in Gloucester for a day of sporting action
A glamorous blonde reveller looking elegant in a navy coat and hat
A glamorous blonde reveller looking elegant in a navy coat and hat

Pregnant Zara Tindall looked in great spirits as she and her dapper husband Mike joined revellers at the course in Gloucester for a day of sporting action (left). Right: A glamorous blonde reveller looking elegant in a navy coat and hat 

Two girls looked as if they had stepped straight out of riding school in their equestrian inspired outfits 
Two girls looked as if they had stepped straight out of riding school in their equestrian inspired outfits 

Two girls looked as if they had stepped straight out of riding school in their equestrian inspired outfits 

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 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 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

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

Dressed to impress! Two friends went for dramatically different colour schemes but looked equally glamorous as they arrived for the event 
Dressed to impress! Two friends went for dramatically different colour schemes but looked equally glamorous as they arrived for the event 

Dressed to impress! Two friends went for dramatically different colour schemes but looked equally glamorous as they arrived for the event 

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

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 

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 

True blue! One woman looked impeccably co-ordinated in a creamy and navy hat that matched her coat exactly
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
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 

A woman looked elegant in a chic black coat teamed with an elegant feathered fascinator
A woman looked elegant in a chic black coat teamed with an elegant feathered fascinator
A racing fan brightened up her outfit with a cheerful green hat
A racing fan brightened up her outfit with a cheerful green hat

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