Racing: Gold Cup Day is a sell out

For the first time Cheltenham Gold Cup day has completely sold out in advance. A limit of 50,000 badges and tickets has been introduced for each day of this year's Festival to ensure greater comfort for racegoers.

Edward Gillespie, managing director of Cheltenham, said yesterday: "We are delighted that the message to book in advance has got across so well to the 50,000 enthusiasts who will be coming to Gold Cup day."