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    Wayne Hutchinson collects the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, after winning on the horse 'Smad Place'

    The Hennessy Gold Cup 2015, in pictures

    1 December 2015

    As the Christmas season begins to get into full swing, it was time for the annual Hennessy Gold Cup. Now in its 59th year, guests including Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt, James Purefoy, Celia Imrie, Rob Brydon, Jilly Cooper, Astrid Harbord, Ruby Wax and Clare Balding braved the cold weather to watch the steeplechase.

    After a tense race, the Hennessy Gold Cup was won by Smad Place, ridden to victory by Wayne Hutchinson. Guests toasted his victory back in the Fred Winter Suite with cognac cocktails as they feasted on Dorset crab hashbrowns, pigeon and mac and cheese.

    Here are a selection of photos from the event:

    Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci

    Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci

    Rob Brydon

    Rob Brydon

    Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender

    Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender

    Clare Balding

    Clare Balding

    Antonia Thomas

    Antonia Thomas