Trainer Dessie Hughes' horses exercise on the gallops at Cheltenham yesterday. Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Runners and Riders

And they're off...

Join us for all the up-to-the-minute news and odds on a week of high-class racing. There may be some shouting.

SO MANY QUESTIONS unanswered this morning. But by 5.30opm on Friday evening we’ll be a lot wiser if just a little poorer and worn out.

Cheltenham Festival officials estimate approximately 6,000 Irish racing fans will make the pilgrimage to the Cotswalds this week. It’s a drop of some 30% on the peak numbers that traveled in 2007.

But there’ll be no less drama on the track and for those of us left behind, is your grandstand for the coming days.

We’ll run four days worth of liveblogs – as well as our usual Champions League minute-by-minutes. As Captain Birdseye once said in a moment of self-doubt, that’s a lot of waffle.

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