CHELTENHAM is underway with a fantastic opening day of racing.
For some it was a memorable experience of victory and fortune, for others it may have been one they want to forget.
PA:Press Association There were some remarkable hats on display at Cheltenham
While some of the 66,610 punters crammed into the Gloucestershire racecourse may not be able to remember any of it, even if they tried, after a heavy day of drinking.
Jump racing’s flagship event brings together the best horses from the UK and Ireland, battling it out for some of the biggest prizes in the sport.
But some racegoers evidently just liked the idea of putting on their Sunday best and enjoying a day in the, occasional, sunshine.
The day began with everyone looking rather sublime, but it was a different story for some after a whole day of boozing and gambling.
Splash News The ladies were dressed up for the action at Cheltenham
This racegoer braved the rain forecast in a stylish red dress
Reuters The next best thing to a horse… is of course a unicorn on a stick
Splash News There were some spectacular outfits on display in the opening day
Reuters These two ladies dressed up for the occasion
One too many visits to the bar left some punters hilariously dancing and celebrating.
But the celebs kept their cool, with Jamie Redknapp and several members of the Celtic squad spotted enjoying the day.
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Chris Hughes from Love Island, who recently decided to try his luck at racing, was also pictured in the stands.
Noel Fehilly kicked off the day in style with a hugely impressive win on Summerville Boy in the Supreme Novice Hurdles Race.
Splash News Some racegoers went for the more casual look at Cheltenham today
Reuters Zara Tindall and Co were dressed to impress on the opening day
Reuters Barry Geraghty celebrates on Buveur D’Air
PA:Press Association Ruby Walsh in action on Footpad
PA:Press Association Jamie Redknapp was donning a three-piece suit
Ruby Walsh then picked up his first win of the day, with firm favourite Footpad winning the Arkle Challenge Trophy in style.
Lizzie Kelly provided the story of the day after securing her first Cheltenham Festival Winner on Coo Star Sivola in the Festival Handicap Chase.
Buveur D’Air was victorious in the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, and Benie Des Dieux shocked the odds to win the Mares Hurdle.
Rathvinden won the National Hunt Chase by a whisker, and Mister Whitaker ended the day with a win in the Champion Bumper.
Manchester United Star Marcus Rashford Wanted By Real Madrid In Sensational Summer Swoop
REAL MADRID have been linked with a shock move to sign Marcus Rashford this summer.
The Spanish giants are preparing for a major overhaul of their squad this summer after falling well short in their attempt to defend the La Liga title.
Getty Images – Getty Real Madrid have been linked with a shock move to sign Marcus Rashford this summer
One of the biggest areas of their focus is on bringing in at least one new striker to start taking the burden off Cristiano Ronaldo to score goals.
And Catalan title Sport claim Rashford is one of the names on the list of potential targets for Zinedine Zidane.
Real have held a long-standing interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane – though the prospect of having to stump up £200million to get him has seen their interest cool.
Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowksi is seen as the most likely to move to the Bernabeu now that he has made it clear he is looking to quit the Bundesliga.
Getty Images – Getty Zinedine Zidane is on the look-out for a new striker and his focus could turn to Old Trafford Marcus Rashford scores sublime goals in England training as the squad prepare for friendly against Netherlands in Amsterdam
But the reports claim Rashford’s struggle to get regular starting roles at Manchester United this season have given Real encouragement he could be available.
Zidane and officials at the club have been impressed by the 20-year-old ever since he burst onto the scene two years ago in sensational style.
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His calmness in front of goal quickly caught the eye, but the Spanish club are also said to be impressed by his all-round style of play.
They believe the fact he is versatile and able to rotate around the front line makes him the ideal kind of player who would succeed in their team.
Germany Vs Spain: Prediction, Odds, Betting Tips, And Live Stream For International Friendly
Germany vs Spain: Prediction, odds and betting tips
REIGNING world champions Germany take on former World Cup winners Spain in the pick of the ties of the international break.
Victory for either side would be a statement win ahead of Russia this summer.
Spain to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, 3/1 with Sun Bets Diego Costa to score any time, 7/4 with Sun Bets
AFP or licensors Leroy Sane and Mesut Ozil joke in training ahead of the game
Spain have won 11 of their last 14 games and come into this match brimming with confidence.
Andres Iniesta and co. have won three of the last four meetings between the two and Sun Bets are offering a brilliant 3/1 on the Spaniards winning 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.
Diego Costa looks like he is back to his normal self at Atletico Madrid this season three goals and three yellow cards in his last seven games.
The powerful front man will be a handful for Germany’s back line and you can get him at 7/4 to score any time with Sun Bets.
Germany were imperious in qualifying and have won their last two friendlies against Spain and a home win with both teams to score is 3/1 with Sun Bets.
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When is Germany vs Spain?
Germany take on Spain on Friday, March 23.
Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.
The match will be played at the Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf.
What TV channel is Germany vs Spain on and can I live stream it?
Germany vs Spain will be live on BT Sport 3.
Coverage will begin 15 minutes before kick-off at 7.30pm.
You can also follow all the action on the SunSport LIVE BLOG.
Germany have left Marco Reus and Mario Gotze out of their squad.
And boss Joachim Loew believes the decision to drop Reus will be in the Dortmund star’s interest.
He commented: “It’s important for us that Marco is guided to the top level gently and without additional pressure and that he gets stability.
“This means that he’s free of complaints, fit and playing over a longer period, that he trains, finds his rhythm and thus gains security and confidence.”
Lionel Messi A Major Doubt For Argentina’s World Cup Warm Up Friendly With Italy As Barcelona Ace Suffers Muscle Injury
LIONEL MESSI is a major doubt for Argentina’s friendly with Italy due a muscular injury, according to reports in his homeland.
The two international football powerhouses meet for a glamour clash at the Etihad tonight — though this is only a World Cup warm-up for the South Americans as the Azzurri failed to qualify.
AFP Lionel Messi in training for Argentina ahead of friendly with Italy at the Etihad
AFP Lionel Messi is struggling with a slight abductor muscle injury for Argentina
Ahead of the match, Jorge Sampaoli had insisted: “Despite up while suffering a little with a little fatigue, Leo has been training incredibly which has given everyone a lift.
However, Argentinian outlet Ole claim he is a doubt for tonight’s match as he is carrying a slight abductor muscle.
And, if he is not 100 per cent fit, Sampaoli will not risk the five-time Ballon d’Or-winner against the Azzurri.
Meanwhile, the former Sevilla boss also insisted superstar strikers Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi still have work to do if they are to make Argentina‘s World Cup squad.
AFP Jorge Sampaoli was full of praise for Lionel Messi’s training ahead of Italy clash
AP:Associated Press Paulo Dybala faces a battle to make Argentina’s 23-man squad for World Cup
Neither have been called called up for this friendly, despite sensational campaigns in Serie A.
Sampaoli added: “It is complicated for Dybala get used to our plan.
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“We couldn’t improve his performances and we have to evaluate if the current players are better than Paulo or if we’ve to keep working with Paulo to improve his performance.”
While he admits he is concerned Icardi may be running out of time to adapt to the system he wants to play.
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