Glorious sunshine and a fantastic day of racing saw the 2016 Chester Races season open in style.

The first day of the Boodles May Festival gave no shortage of on-track action to get pulses going with seven races in total on Wednesday (May 4).

In a dramatic photo finish, No Heretic edged out Nakeeta to win the 2016 Betway Chester Cup by a nose.

No Heretic (centre) ridden by Jamie Spencer wins The Betway Chester Cup from Nakeeta (left), during Betway Chester Cup Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse
No Heretic (centre) ridden by Jamie Spencer wins The Betway Chester Cup from Nakeeta (left), during Betway Chester Cup Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse

Kimberalla triumphed in the Boodles Diamond Handicap Stakes, while hot favourite Somehow took home the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks race.

It was left to Red Verdon to power home to take the Deepbridge Capital Handicap Stakes, the final race of the day.

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The weather could hardly have been better with perfect sunshine and clear skies throughout the day.

Chester city centre was buzzing with activity before racegoers made their way down to the Roodee for the first race just after 2pm.

Snooker legend John Parrott (left), TV presenter Jeremy Kyle and West Brom FC captain Darren Fletcher

Jeremy Kyle, Natasha Hamilton and John Parrott were among the famous faces taking in the action.

They were joined by a number of Everton FC footballers including England internationals Leighton Baines, John Stones and Phil Jagielka.

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A three-day extravaganza, the May Festival continues through to Friday with even more great weather forecast.

Expect even more of a fashion statement to be made at Ladies' Day on Thursday.

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