Day Three of Cheltenham Festival is well under way and with organisers putting on an honorary St Patrick's Day punters are hoping for the luck of the Irish.
Prestbury Park has been transformed into a sea of green as thousands of race fans from the Emerald Isle have made the venue their home for the day.
A smattering of celebrities have been spotted soaking up the atmosphere including Pippa Middleton, James Nesbitt, Jeremy Kyle and ex-footballer Tony Adams.
Keep track of all the main events and talking points from the day with our live updates below.
3.20pm Ladbrokes World Hurdle result
1. Solwhit 17-2
2. Celestial Halo 40-1
3. Smad Place 9-1 3pm
Former England rugby player Mike Tindall spoke to Channel 4’s Clare Balding on the chances of Monbeg Dude’s in tomorrow’s Gold Cup race.
“He has been phenomenal for us this year,” he said.
“If it doesn’t work out he could run on Saturday but if he can run tomorrow he will, as we all want to see him go.”
Ryanair Chase (2.40pm) - Results
1. Cue Card 7/2
2. First Lieutentant 2/1
3. For Non Stop 12/1 2.30pm
Fashion watch: prize for the best Wednesday outfit is between a man in a purple velvet suit and 24-year-old Irishwoman Margaret Connolly from Mulligan.
She said: "I have had a great reaction to the outfit. If it was yesterday I'd be freezing but today the sun's out, which is grand."
2:05 Pertemps Final - Result
2.Captain Sunshine 11-1
1:30 Jewson Novices Chase - Result
2.Dynaste 11-8 Fav
3.Changing Times 100-1 12.47pm
An excited flutter went around Cheltenham Racecourse when Pippa Middleton - sister of the Duchess of Cambridge - arrived for the racing at Cheltenham today.
She looks splendid in a mustard military style London Tori coat by Katherine Hooker.
Update from our reporter at the scene: The Cheltenham track is looking great this morning with the sun shining.
Excitement is building among a group of students from Bristol - Claire Heming, 22, Tasha Taylor, 21, Emily Fowler, 22, Ian Dickinson, 22.
Ian Dickinson said: “This is our first time at the races. We’ve got a great view of the track and we are looking forward to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.”
12.45pm Traffic update at the racecourse: officials say the south car park is now full. Drivers will be directed to an alternative.
12.40pm A racecourse spokesman has estimated that there are 50,000 people at the venue today - slightly down on the 53,000 drawn in yesterday to see mane attraction Sprinter Sacre gallop to victory.
12.30pm From our reporter at the scene: Actor James Nesbitt, whose horse Riverside Theatre runs in the Ryanair Chase at 2.40, said: "horses are more highly strung than actresses."
He added: "There are very few sports where we are all here from every walk of life to celebrate the sport we love and not just the individual."
Daytime TV host Jeremy Kyle has also been spotted near the parade ring.
12.15pm Football pundit Chris Kamara has been seen soaking up the atmosphere at Prestbury Park.
11.30am From our reporter on the scene at Prestbury Park: The Irish atmosphere was welcomed to the racecourse with a fiddler on the balcony above the main gate and a leprechaun crafting inflated shamrocks for festival-goers.
Among the punters was a group of 12 from Reading in Berkshire led by 48-year-old Simon Preston who is visiting the Festival for his 10th time this year.
He said: “We have got a mixed bag of English, Irish and Scots with us today.
The brandy has already been flowing this morning and we’ll be looking forward to getting stuck into the pints of Guinness later.
"We’re going to have a great day in the sunshine and I can’t wait for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle because I predict that we are going to have a new winner today.”
Colin McMann from Cardiff said: “It’s a wonderful sunny day for racing and I’m hoping to win a lot - especially on the sixth race.”
Julie Gillon from Cheltenham said: “It’s my third year here but I’m still a bit of an amateur but it’s sure to be a great day. I’m very excited.”
11am CROSS-COUUNTRY COURSE FAILS INSPECTION.
The cross-country course will be inspected again at 2.15pm after failing to pass an inspection at 11am.
If the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Handicap Chase cannot go ahead today, course officials plan to run it as the final race on an eight-race card tomorrow.
However the official announcer has said the main course for hurdles and chases is good, good to soft in places.
10.40 Police say there is currently disruption to traffic on Libertus Road in Cheltenham due to taxis stopping irresponsibly. Officers are on their way there to move them on.
Traffic on other routes is believed to be moving smoothly.
Police are urging motorists to get into the spirit of the day.
A Tweet said: "If you’re travelling to the Races on the A40 to Prestbury today give our police biker an extra big smile – It’s his 40th birthday today!"
10.30 Former England football captain Tony Adams is reportedly set to be heading to the races today.
10am Police say all routes to the racecourse are currently running smoothly as thousands people people converge on the town for the third day of the festival.
9.30am Rumours are circulating that Pippa Middleton may be attending Cheltenham races today.
9am After receiving seven reports of pick pockets operating at the racecourse yesterday, police are advising punters to keep their cash safe.
Superintendent Neil Mantle said: "We take reports of pick pockets on the course very seriously.
"I would ask those coming to the festival over the next couple of days to think about where they put their winnings and valuables and to make sure they keep them safe throughout the day."
8.30am Racecourse chiefs have confirmed racing will go ahead as scheduled at Prestbury Park after the course survived an early morning inspection.
The decision is subject to a further inspection at 11am.
8am Sub-zero overnight temperatures have left an early frost this morning meaning chiefs at Prestbury Park are due to hold a course inspection at 8am.
Results of the inspection will be published here as soon as they are released.