The May Festival at Chester Racecourse is under way for 2017. There are seven races due to be run at the historic course this afternoon with all eyes on the 3.35pm race - the 188BET Chester Cup - the feature race of the day. We will be providing updates from what is happening in and around the course throughout the afternoon.

Signing off

And with that, we are bringing our live coverage of day one of the Chester Races May Festival to a close. We hope you have enjoyed following the tweets, updates, photos and videos from a glorious day at the Roodee. Don’t forget you can check out our galleries and reports on the Chester Chronicle website.

Results of the final race of the day

Winning ways

A day at the races

Bus Stop Bar

One of the many quirky food stalls at the event
One of the many quirky food stalls at the event (Image: Ian Cooper)

Final race

The last race of the first day of the 2017 May Festival in Chester is the Adaris Global Foreign Exchange Handicap (for 4yo+ rated 71-85 over 7f) due to get under way at 5.05pm

Friendship group

Leila June, Sammi Fortuno and Jess Gaston from Chester
Leila June, Sammi Fortuno and Jess Gaston from Chester (Image: Ian Cooper)

Happy birthday Lauren and Melissa

Sisters Lauren and Melissa Bowyer celebrated their 21st at the races
Sisters Lauren and Melissa Bowyer celebrated their 21st at the races (Image: Ian Cooper)

Just in case you missed any pictures

As we were saying

And the winner is...

The 4.35pm at Chester was won by Never Surrender with Bristol Missile second and Meccabah third.

Sporting greats

Former Arsenal FC player Ray Parlour (left) joking around with jockey Frankie Dottori
Former Arsenal FC player Ray Parlour (left) joking around with jockey Frankie Dottori (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Dramatic shot

Oisin Murphy riding Montaly (number 6) on their way to winning The 188Bet Chester Cup
Oisin Murphy riding Montaly (number 6) on their way to winning The 188Bet Chester Cup (Image: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

A break from the action

These girls grab a bite to eat between races
These girls grab a bite to eat between races (Image: Ian Cooper)

Next race

The penultimate race of the day is the Deepbridge Capital Maiden Stakes (for 3yo maidens over 1m 2f), due to get under way at 4.35pm

Action from the fifth race

The cup that cheers

Well deserved

Earlier today

More pics from our photographer

Video from the parade ring

Fifth race result

Almost ready

The Sporting Index Handicap Stakes is about to get under way.

Selfie stall

Action shot

Runners and riders in the 188Bet Chester Cup Handicap during day one of the Chester May Festival
Runners and riders in the 188Bet Chester Cup Handicap during day one of the Chester May Festival (Image: Tim Goode/PA Wire)

Coming soon

The fifth race of the day is the Sporting Index Handicap Stakes (for 3yos rated 71-90 over 1m 4f) which is due to get under way at 4.05pm

Here's the top four

Watch the winning moment

We have a winner!

Montaly has raced to victory in the Chester Cup

There they go