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Cheltenham racegoers get Ladies Day off to colourful start with glam outfits and plunging necklines



Let the glamour begin! Cheltenham revellers get Ladies Day off to a colourful start as they don VERY bright outfits and plunging necklines as the glamorous event goes ahead despite concerns over high winds

  • Racing at Cheltenham will go ahead today following a precautionary inspection of the race track this morning
  • Day two of the festival sees the return of the #ColourMeMarch competition - now open to men and women
  • Racegoers are encouraged to add a splash of colour to their outfits, with prizes on offer to four lucky finalists
  • The Duchess of Cornwall, Honorary Member of the Jockey Club, will attend today to present a trophy

By Hayley Richardson For Mailonline

Published: 07:07 EDT, 13 March 2019 | Updated: 08:19 EDT, 13 March 2019

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It may not carry the clout of Ascot, but Cheltenham Ladies Day revellers went all out to up the style stakes for day two of the annual festival.

This year sees the return of the #ColourMeMarch competition, where for the first time male as well as female racegoers are encouraged to add a splash of colour to their outfits.

Judges will narrow it down to four finalists, who can then spin the Winning Post of Fortune to land one of the luxurious prizes up for grabs.

Zara and Mike Tindall returned to the Cheltenham Festival today for Ladies Day, with the Queen's daughter swapping her navy coat and hat for a purple alternative, while her husband traded his jeans for green check chinos
Zara and Mike Tindall returned to the Cheltenham Festival today for Ladies Day, with the Queen's daughter swapping her navy coat and hat for a purple alternative, while her husband traded his jeans for green check chinos
The Duchess of Cornwall was also in attendance to present the winning jockey of the Queen Mother Champion Chase with their trophy
The Duchess of Cornwall was also in attendance to present the winning jockey of the Queen Mother Champion Chase with their trophy

Zara and Mike Tindall returned to the Cheltenham Festival today for Ladies Day, with the Queen's daughter swapping her navy coat and hat for a purple alternative, while her husband traded his jeans for green check chinos. The Duchess of Cornwall was also in attendance to present the winning jockey of the Queen Mother Champion Chase with their trophy

Model and TV presenter Vogue Williams was one of the first celebrities to arrive at the event, dressed in a Holland Cooper floor length tartan trench coat and black trilby hat. Vogue will compete in a charity horse race later this year
Model and TV presenter Vogue Williams was one of the first celebrities to arrive at the event, dressed in a Holland Cooper floor length tartan trench coat and black trilby hat. Vogue will compete in a charity horse race later this year

Model and TV presenter Vogue Williams was one of the first celebrities to arrive at the event, dressed in a Holland Cooper floor length tartan trench coat and black trilby hat. Vogue will compete in a charity horse race later this year

Ladies Day revellers went all out to up the style stakes, with this racegoer risking a daringly short tuxedo-dress
Ladies Day revellers went all out to up the style stakes, with this racegoer risking a daringly short tuxedo-dress
Anotherreveller opted for a plunging risque blazer which revealed a lace body below
Anotherreveller opted for a plunging risque blazer which revealed a lace body below

Cream of the crop! Ladies Day revellers went all out to up the style stakes for day two of the annual festival, with one reveller (right) risking a plunging blazer which revealed a lace body below, while another went for a daringly short tuxedo-dress

These include a brand new Mini ONE car, a Boodles item of jewellery worth £3,800, a hotel spa package and hat worth £350 and £250 worth of fashion vouchers.

The second day of racing will go ahead as planned despite fears over high winds following a precautionary track inspection earlier this morning. 

The chance of a cancellation due to the weather today raised the prospect of a 'People's Saturday' at the Festival for the first time.

Zara and Mike Tindall returned to the Cheltenham Festival today for Ladies Day, with the Queen's daughter swapping her navy coat and hat for a purple alternative, while her husband traded his jeans for green check chinos.  

Among the early celebrity arrivals was Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins
Among the early celebrity arrivals was Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins
TV host Jeremy Kyle with his partner Vicky Burton went for his and hers grey, while Vicky accessorised with a Mulberry handbag
TV host Jeremy Kyle with his partner Vicky Burton went for his and hers grey, while Vicky accessorised with a Mulberry handbag

Among the early celebrity arrivals was Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins and TV host Jeremy Kyle with his partner Vicky Burton

Fashionistas donned their feathered finery as they arrived at Prestbury Park for Cheltenham Ladies Day today
Fashionistas donned their feathered finery as they arrived at Prestbury Park for Cheltenham Ladies Day today
One stylish guest opted for a tartan wool coat and over-the-knee black suede boots
One stylish guest opted for a tartan wool coat and over-the-knee black suede boots

Fashionistas donned their feathered finery as they arrived at Prestbury Park for Cheltenham Ladies Day today

What a fine bunch of fillies! Ladies descend on the course for an action-packed day of racing at Cheltenham - with many braving short hemlines and daring necklines
What a fine bunch of fillies! Ladies descend on the course for an action-packed day of racing at Cheltenham - with many braving short hemlines and daring necklines

What a fine bunch of fillies! Ladies descend on the course for an action-packed day of racing at Cheltenham - with many braving short hemlines and daring necklines

Check this out! Fashion-conscious visitors teamed bright summer colours with vintage tweeds and check prints
Check this out! Fashion-conscious visitors teamed bright summer colours with vintage tweeds and check prints
This chic racegoer turned heads in a green tartan check suit with billowing trousers, topped off with a mustard jumper and a hot pink hat
This chic racegoer turned heads in a green tartan check suit with billowing trousers, topped off with a mustard jumper and a hot pink hat

Check this out! Fashion-conscious visitors teamed bright summer colours with vintage tweeds and check prints

Everything in the garden's rosy for this Ladies Day visitor, who opted for a floral theme with her eye-catching outfit
Everything in the garden's rosy for this Ladies Day visitor, who opted for a floral theme with her eye-catching outfit
These two ladies refused to let the windy weather and cool temperatures rain on their parade, sporting bright primary colour ensembles
These two ladies refused to let the windy weather and cool temperatures rain on their parade, sporting bright primary colour ensembles

 Everything in the garden's rosy for this Ladies Day visitor (left) who opted for a floral theme with her outfit, while these two ladies (right) refused to let the windy weather and cool temperatures rain on their parade, sporting bright primary colours and short hemlines

A female racegoer looked a vision in teal, donning a wool check coat and luxurious fur stole
A female racegoer looked a vision in teal, donning a wool check coat and luxurious fur stole
She completed her look with an elaborate hat adorned with peacock feathers
She completed her look with an elaborate hat adorned with peacock feathers

A female racegoer looked a vision in teal, with a wool check coat, a luxurious fur stole and an elaborate hat adorned with peacock feathers

The forecasted 50mph winds were clearly an issue as several guests clung onto their hats and clothing as they entered the race track
The forecasted 50mph winds were clearly an issue as several guests clung onto their hats and clothing as they entered the race track

The forecasted 50mph winds were clearly an issue as several guests clung onto their hats and clothing as they entered the race track

A Ladies Day visitor clings to her wide-brimmed hat as she arrived in all black ensemble, with a bright red lip and red check coat her nod to the 'splash of colour' theme
A Ladies Day visitor clings to her wide-brimmed hat as she arrived in all black ensemble, with a bright red lip and red check coat her nod to the 'splash of colour' theme
Another guest opts for a chain link design dress cinched in at the waist by a thick black leather corset belt
Another guest opts for a chain link design dress cinched in at the waist by a thick black leather corset belt

A Ladies Day visitor clings to her wide-brimmed hat (left) as she arrived in all black ensemble, with a bright red lip and red check coat her nod to the 'splash of colour' theme, with another (right) opts for a chain link design dress cinched in at the waist by a thick black leather corset belt

Racegoers brave the wind as day two of 2019 Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day gets underway, with one guest plumping for a tuxedo-style green outfit and top hat
Racegoers brave the wind as day two of 2019 Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day gets underway, with one guest plumping for a tuxedo-style green outfit and top hat

Racegoers brave the wind as day two of 2019 Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day gets underway, with one guest plumping for a tuxedo-style green outfit and top hat

This Ladies Day reveller opted for a Spring colour palette, with a coral coat and dusky pink accessories
This Ladies Day reveller opted for a Spring colour palette, with a coral coat and dusky pink accessories
This racegoer kept it simple and chic with a white dress teamed with a beige coat and shoes and a distinctive pillbox hat with bow design
This racegoer kept it simple and chic with a white dress teamed with a beige coat and shoes and a distinctive pillbox hat with bow design

Pretty in pastel: These Ladies Day revellers opted for a Spring colour palette, with a muted coral coat and dusky pink accessories (left) and a chic beige and cream ensemble (right)

The crowds piled in after racing was given the go ahead today, despite concerns over gale force winds as a result of Storm Gareth
The crowds piled in after racing was given the go ahead today, despite concerns over gale force winds as a result of Storm Gareth

The crowds piled in after racing was given the go ahead today, despite concerns over gale force winds as a result of Storm Gareth

Mary Berry was joined by her daughter Annabel Hunnings, who plumped for a bright yellow wool coat and red trilby to brighten up her all-black outfit
Mary Berry was joined by her daughter Annabel Hunnings, who plumped for a bright yellow wool coat and red trilby to brighten up her all-black outfit
Berry windy! Mary Berry holds onto her hat as she arrives in a chic all-wool ensemble
Berry windy! Mary Berry holds onto her hat as she arrives in a chic all-wool ensemble

Berry windy! Mary Berry holds onto her hat as she arrives in a chic wool ensemble at Cheltenham Ladies Day with daughter Annabel Hunnings

Many female visitors didn't trust the gusty winds when smiling for photos, keeping a trust hand on their headwear
Many female visitors didn't trust the gusty winds when smiling for photos, keeping a trust hand on their headwear
This reveller oozed glamour with a luxurious blue velvety fur coat and a floral inspired hat
This reveller oozed glamour with a luxurious blue velvety fur coat and a floral inspired hat

Many female visitors didn't trust the gusty winds when smiling for photos, keeping a trust hand on their headwear

Wednesday's race card

13:30 - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race

14:10 - RSA Insurance Novices' Steeple Chase

14:50 - Coral Cup Hurdle (handicap hurdle)

15:30 - Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase

16:10 - Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

16:50 - Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

17:30 - Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Today's feature race is the £400,000 Grand 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the trophy for which will be presented by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Early arrivals were clearly dressed to impress as they entered Prestbury Park this morning, with knee-high boots, fur stoles and extravagant hats clearly the order of the day. 

Many had clearly taken inspiration from the glorious Gloucestershire countryside, plumping for tweed coats and feathery accessories.

It was a far cry from yesterday, where some ladies resorted to using plastic bags to cover their shoes to protect them from the lashing rain.  

One even used a box used to sell daffodils in a supermarket as a makeshift hat. 

The dreaded 50mph winds were clearly an issue, with many revellers clinging to their hats and clothing as they entered the race track.

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.

These ladies went to great lengths to impress with their hats, which set off their eye-catching outfits
These ladies went to great lengths to impress with their hats, which set off their eye-catching outfits
This filly went all out on accessories, teaming her distinctive hat with heart-shaped sunglasses and tassel earrings
This filly went all out on accessories, teaming her distinctive hat with heart-shaped sunglasses and tassel earrings

Hats off to them! These ladies went to great lengths to impress with their hats, which set off their eye-catching outfits

Punters gathered for an exciting day of racing. The showpiece event today is the £400,000 Grand 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
Punters gathered for an exciting day of racing. The showpiece event today is the £400,000 Grand 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

Punters gathered for an exciting day of racing. The showpiece event today is the £400,000 Grand 1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

This stylish reveller added more than just a dash of colour to her elaborate outfit
This stylish reveller added more than just a dash of colour to her elaborate outfit
This stylish pair gave traditional tweed and fur a chic modern upgrade
This stylish pair gave traditional tweed and fur a chic modern upgrade

Bright colours, fur and feathers were very much the order of the day, with many ladies vying for the coveted best dressed crown

Blue-ming lovely! Ash Robinson dons a bright blue suit in homage to the splash of colour theme at Cheltenham Festival today
Blue-ming lovely! Ash Robinson dons a bright blue suit in homage to the splash of colour theme at Cheltenham Festival today

Blue-ming lovely! Ash Robinson dons a bright blue suit in homage to the splash of colour theme at Cheltenham Festival today

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