Celeb Spotter Guide for Cheltenham Festival visitors

Considering that the Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest horse racing events of the year, it should not be surprising that celebrities are amongst the thousands for visitors that attend over the four days. It’s also at the Cheltenham Festival where thousands  of horse racing bets are made, especially on the Betfair horse racing betting site. Over the years there have been multiple celebrities who  have visited Cheltenham, cheering on the horses that they own and seeing if any of the tips for Cheltenham they have placed bets on can win them some extra cash.

Legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a frequent visitor to horse racing events, and Cheltenham is no exception. ‘Fergie’ has been a regular attendee over the years and has even entered his own horses in an attempt to win a race at the Festival. It’s expected that Clan Des Obeaux, part owned by Sir Alex,  will be competing in the Gold Cup on the final day of the Festival.

Sir Alex Ferguson arriving at the Cheltenham Festival (mirror.co.uk)

Members of the royal family are also fans of horse racing, owning multiple horses and regularly attending major horse racing festivals. Although the Queen visits the Royal Ascot festival every year, she very rarely makes an appearance at Cheltenham, but  other members of the  family visit instead. One such royal, r that has been confirmed to be  attending The Cheltenham Festival, is the HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess will be attending the Festival on Ladies Day as a guest, and will present the trophies to the winning owner, joker jockey and trainer of The Queen Mother Champion Chase. Although not confirmed, Zara Tindall has been a regularly attendee at Cheltenham over the years and will probably visit again this year.

Another celebrity who  might be  visiting the Festival during one of the four days is Michael Owen. The former football player has been heavily involved in horse racing since 2007 and owns a few successful race horses. A couple of  his horses have won at  Royal Ascot (2011) and the Dubai Gold Cup (2015), so he will be hoping that one of them can add a Gold Cup win to his ‘collection’ at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Other celebrities who  have attended the Festival in the past are James Nesbitt and Eddie Jordan. These celebrities haven’t confirmed if they will be attending the Festival, but they have all visited it  in the past. James Nesbitt currently owns the race horse ’Riverside Theatre’ and will likely be at the Festival to cheer on his horse. Eddie Jordan doesn’t currently own a horse, but will watching as a keen spectator

Despite a bunch of celebrities being expected to attend the Festival this year, you’ll still need to know where to look if  a certain celebrity is likely to turn up.

Visit the Club enclosure

The Club Enclosure is the most exclusive enclosure at the racecourse. With the best views, refreshment offerings and access to all facilities within the Tattersalls stand, your best bet to spot a celebrity will be  here. It is likely that celebrities will have their own private boxes, so you’ll have to be looking carefully to spot one.

Visit the Festival on Gold Cup day

There’s no doubt that the Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the biggest races of the Festival. In terms of iconic and prestigious jump racing events the Gold Cup is one of the best, along with the Grand National. Every day at Cheltenham is highly competitive, but Friday’s Gold Cup race is where the best horses compete against each other. Last year’s race was very competitive with Sizing John eventually coming out on top (watch) who unfortunately has been a late withdrawal from this year’s race due to injury. Considering that celebrities own some of the best and finest horses around, it is likely that they will be at the racecourse cheering on their own horses.

Go to the live entertainment after the races

If you’re unable to make it into the Club enclosure, then you’ll want to go to watch the live entertainment after the racing. It’s fairly unlikely that you will meet a celebrity in person, but there could be someone performing on stage that you recognise. These live entertainment shows are usually performed by ‘cover’ bands, but there might be someone on stage or in the crowd that you recognise.

Research the horses

As mentioned earlier, many celebrities have brought their own horses to compete at events like this. Although primarily a hobby for the majority of celebrities, races and events like this gives them the chance to pocket some extra money. If you’re looking to spot a certain celebrity during the four day event then keep an eye out on what horses they own and what day they are expected to race. If the owner is passionate about horse racing, then there is a good chance they will show up and cheer on their horse.