Horse racing is one of oldest sports in the world, but also one of the most popular. Although horses are raced purely for sport, the gambling associated with it has meant it is one of the most lucrative sports in the world.
It has been an action-packed racing calendar with hundreds of races taking place, including some of the major races such as The Gold Cup at the Royal Ascot. Although we’re quickly approaching the end of the year, there are still a few more races to go. One of these racing is the King George VI Chase.
Taking place on Boxing Day every year, the Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase is one of the most prestigious chase, second only to the Cheltenham Gold Cup. According to the King George race betting sites, last year’s winner Might Bite is the favourite to reclaim his title, but faces competition from Waiting Patiently and Politologue.
With a prize pot of around £200,000 available, the owners will be particularly interested in the result as it’ll allow them to invest even more in their horses. Although a lot of horse owners will be unknown to the general public, there are some famous celebrity owners which have been involved in the sport over the years.
Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen has been an enthusiastic fan of horseracing her entire life and has been the owner of many racehorses over the years. As of 2018, Queen Elizabeth and her horses have won well over 2,000 races and brought in thousands of pounds of prize money. Some of the most notable horses that she has owned over the years include Highclere and Pall Mall
Although she has owned many thoroughbred race horses, the Queen has placed a particular emphasis on the breeding of her horses. She regularly visits the Royal Stud in the Sandringham Estate to ensure that they are given the proper care.
Sir Alex Ferguson
The Scotsman is arguably the greatest football manager of all time, but Sir Alex Ferguson has also enjoyed success out of the sport. The former manager is a well-known supporter of horse racing and has owned a couple of horses over the years. The most famous horse that he ‘owned’ was the Rock of Gibraltar.
Although his part-ownership of the horse is controversial and up for debate, the thoroughbred was one of the best horses around during his prime and was awarded the 2002 European Horse of the Year award after winning seven Group 1 races, valuing him at around £200 million.
It’s not just British celebrities which have shown an interest in horse racing over the years. American filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who is famous for films such as Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park, has also owned a few horses over the years.
The most famous horse which the American has owned is ‘Atswhatimtalknbout’. The oddly named horse was owned by a number of Hollywood executives who were involved in the movie Seabiscuit back in 2003. ‘Atswhatimtalknbout’ didn’t enough too much success throughout its career, but it did achieve a 4th place finish in the Kentucky Derby when Spielberg was still its co-owner.