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In Pictures: Cheltenham Festival 2016

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Image caption More than 250,000 people have attended the four-day event

More than 250,000 people attended this year's Cheltenham Festival across the four day event, which saw 150 million bets placed.

The racing world's finest horses and jockeys competed across 28 races for a share of the £4.1m prize money.

Celebrities mixed with royals at jump racing's most prestigious meeting, which organisers described as "an unbelievable occasion".

And Ladies Day and St Patrick's Thursday saw the most colourful and quirky outfits worn.

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Image caption Horses and jockeys competed across 28 races
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Image caption Irish-themed shamrock green outfits were sported on St Patrick's Day
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Image caption More than 150 million bets were placed across the four days
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Image caption More than £4m of prize money was up for grabs
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Image caption Exotic headwear, hats and fascinators were shown off on Ladies Day
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Image caption Celebrities such as Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Tindall, and BBC presenter Clare Balding attended the festival
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Image caption As with any horse racing event there were betting winners and losers
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Image caption Jockey Ruby Walsh celebrated his 50th Cheltenham Festival win on day three of the event
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Image caption A St Patrick's Day leprechaun mascot offered festival-goers a fun photo opportunity

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