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Racegoers at Cheltenham racecourse on the opening day of the 2014 festival
Ruby Walsh, left, and Hurricane Fly gallop at Cheltenham racecourse on Monday
A woman and a child are seen through an art installation in the shape of the horse at a snow covered park in Beijing. Beijing saw this year’s first winter snow on Friday.
A man prays as sunlight shines through hanging incense coils at the Tin Hau Temple in the Yau Ma Tei area of Hong Kong on the fourth day of the lunar new year holiday on Monday. Chinese communities across Asia came together to usher in the Year of the Horse, with tens of thousands flocking to temples across China to pray for good fortune
A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.
Belgian shrimp fisherman Xavier Vanbillemont and his horse haul a net out of the sea after catching shrimps during low tide at the coastal town of Oostduinkerke. This traditional method of catching shrimps along the North Sea coast, which dates back 500 years, attracts tourists every summer.
Racegoers wearing top hats and tails stand next to police officers during Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot, southeast England on Thursday.
A horse for rent stands next to its owner sleeping on a bed on a sidewalk in a street in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, early on Monday
An Indian man cools off his horse during a bath in a canal in Jalandhar on Thursday. High temperatures hovering near 45 degrees centigrade are affecting much of central and northern India ahead of the summer monsoon rains.