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The Cheltenham Festival in art: Champion Day

PUBLISHED: 17:13 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:45 17 March 2014

Punters queue to enter the Centaur as the doors open at 10.30am and the Cheltenham Festival 2014 is underway!

Punters queue to enter the Centaur as the doors open at 10.30am and the Cheltenham Festival 2014 is underway!

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Alexander Small, a third-year Illustration student at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, is often to be found at the Cheltenham Racecourse, sketching the myriad characters that frequent the famous racing venue. This year he’s been at The Cheltenham Festival - here are his latest drawings from the opening Champion Day.

Punters observe the first horses to come out into the Parade Ring for the Sky Bet Supreme Novice's Hurdle, won by Vautour.Punters observe the first horses to come out into the Parade Ring for the Sky Bet Supreme Novice's Hurdle, won by Vautour.

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Rain or shine, Alexander Small documents the comings and goings, the highs and the lows, the wide-ranging characters, both human and equestrian, to be found at the Races.

The drawings, which can be seen on his blog site, will form the basis of his final major project at university.

Alex said: “The aim of these drawings is to capture the character of racing at Cheltenham from the viewpoint of the punter and spectator. All the drawings are done at the Racecourse during meetings. Everything is drawn from life, although the imagination is occasionally required to fill in the gaps when my subject has disappeared from view!”

This year, he has attended every day of The Cheltenham Festival, capturing the event in the sketchbooks he takes with him. Click the gallery at the top right of this page to see his latest work from the first day of The Races, Champion Day, on Tuesday March 11.

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His original drawings are for sale and he is planning on having a series of them made into prints.

Visit www.cheltenhamracessketchbook.blogspot.co.uk to read Alex’s blog and see more of his lively drawings of life at Cheltenham Racecourse.

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