This race meeting also included The Argento Chase, a valuable trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the biggest race of the jump season. Many of the horses that run on Trials Day were having their final start before the festival in March.
Crowd members during race week in Cheltenham, one of the UK's largest horse racing and betting events. The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious meetings in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom.
The first ever Prescott Hill Climb motorcycle race surpassed expectations in Cheltenham. As the so-called "blood bikes" race, the sold-out event gathered approximately 6,000 people, and the weather was perfect.
Under the deal, the Co-operative Bank gains 632 Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester branches. An estimated 4.8 million Lloyds customers will transfer to the Co-op, along with up to 7,000 staff who currently work in the branches.
Ruby Walsh steered Quel Esprit to victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup race at Leopardstown. Esprit, trained by Willie Mullins, came first ahead of Roberto Goldback in second place and Treacle in third place. Dublin, Ireland. 12th February 2012
The colourful procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the first Roman Catholic event on English streets for 349 years when Queen Victoria allowed it in 1883, took place in Clerkenwell, 149 years after the founding of St Peter's church there.