The Cheltenham festival is one of the most hotly anticipated race meets of the year, and punters were quick off the mark for the opening day.
Champion Day kicks off the four-day extravaganza, which will culminate with the Gold Cup on Friday.
Hours before the racing even got underway, however, crowds were beginning to gather as anticipation grew for the festival to get underway.
The crowds begin to descend on the race track for the Cheltenham Festival on Monday
Streams of punters began to arrive on double decker buses long before the opening race
Cheltenham Spa station was buzzing as the crowds began to gather for the first race day
Jockeys and horses had been out early Tuesday morning on the gallops at the famous venue
Trainer Willie Mullins (left) and jockey Ruby Walsh were seen chatting as they surveyed the turf