We’re reaching that time of the year where the Cheltenham racing festival has arrived. This year, Cheltenham 2018 betting is expected to be at an all-time high with more and more people becoming involved in horse racing in general, and the betting aspect of the sport.
This increase in money in all aspects of the sports means that there is more money than ever being invested in the sport. The majority of this is going into the improvement of racecourse facilities, and the prize pools of races. This year at Cheltenham, a record prize pool of almost £5 million is up for grabs. The prize pool is primarily due to the investment from the Jockey Club. Over the years, the Jockey Club have been continuously investing the sport into order to bring British horse racing to the highest standard possible. The Cheltenham racecourse is just one of many racecourses across the country that have benefitted from the investment from the Jockey Club.
With this amount of money involved in the sport, it should come as no surprise that rich individuals, such as celebrities, have become involved in the sport in an attempt to win some extra cash. Although certain celebrities own their own training facilities or breed their own horses, the majority of celebrities involved in the sport usually own their own horse. One of the more famous race horse owners is formed football manager Sir Alex Ferguson. ‘Fergie’ started getting involved in horse racing in the latter part of his life, owning horses such as the “Rock of Gibraltar”. Although the “Rock of Gibraltar” horse is now retired, Ferguson’s current horse, Clan Des Obeaux, will be competing in the Gold Cup on Friday.
Other celebrities which have some ownership of horses include Queen Elizabeth II, Steven Spielberg, Harry Redknapp, and the Duchess of Westminster. Although some of these owners may not be attending the festival, there is a good chance that one of their horses will be competing in one of the many races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Some of these celebrities in horse racing are fairly well known, but can you figure out which famous figure owned a certain horse?
If you’re a fan of horse racing and are very familiar with the owners of certain horses, then there is a chance that you will perform fairly well in this quiz. Give it a try and see how many questions you can get correct.