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With celebrities the new monarchy in the modern world, it’s not surprising that there are more than a few well-known faces associated with the Sport of Kings.

Whether this is in the capacity as a dedicated reader of the form book, or a socialite who can’t miss out on the meetings that form an integral part of the ‘season’, horseracing is a favourite with many stars.

So if Celebrity Spotting is your thing, there is no better place for it than a day at the races!

Here are some of the famous names associated with Racing,and often spotted cheering their horses home with the rest of us:


The QueenThe Queen is one of racing’s staunchest supporters. Known for owning high-performers such as Highclere and the filly Dunfermline. The late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a big fan of National Hunt horseracing and the Queen now owns jumping horses for the first time in her life. She has been noticably more and more involved with her racing in recent years.

Zara Philips rides horses in training sessions for trainer Richard Phillips and is a succesful Eventer. Together with her horse Toytown, she collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim and individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, making her the reigning Eventing World Champion. Zara was one of five riders due to ride for the British equestrian team at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 in Hong Kong, China until Toytown suffered an unfortunate injury. Zara is a big horseracing fan

Also on a Royal theme, Prince William's wife Kate is also a keen racegoer

Liz HurleyQuintessential style at the racing is embodied by national treasure and English Rose Liz Hurley, who is a keen racing fan and has been spotted at the Cheltenham Festival on several occasions.

Style is very much on the agenda when Irish model Jasmine Guiness' attends race meetings on both sides of the Irish Sea, alongside supermodel Jodie Kidd who, as well as being a racing fan, is also a keen Polo player.

Meanwhile, probably judging these glamour icons attire from head to toe is "What Not to Wear" star Trinny Woodall

Coleen Rooney - quintessential WAG, wife of England and Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney is a big horseracing fan and can often be seen at the races, particularly on Ladies days! Often alongside Steven Gerrard's own WAG Alex Curran and Harry Kewell's wife Sherie Murphy

Jordan at Royal AscotTabloid favourite Jordan is also a keen race-goer and has been seen several times dressed to the nines at the racing, especially Royal Ascot.

Racing has indeed bred some of its own celebrities- Clare Balding is a figure intrinsically associated with the Sport, but no figure is more recognisable than the controversial, outspoken and often quite absurd racing expert John McCririck, who famously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005.
John McCririck
England Cricketing hero Freddy Flintoff is also a huge racing fan and loves a (sensible) flutter at the races, and the theme of English sporting figures' love of the sport is continued by the regular appearances of British Olympic and World Champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton.

One of the world's top selling authors and much loved figure Jilly Cooper is a well documented racing fan, and indeed has themed several of her bestselling novels around the sport, most famously the wonderfully raunchy "Riders".

Helen Mirren is another top English artist with a love for the racing- the top actress is often spotted at the races.

Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber - owned Bacchanal, a top-class steeplechaser; and Crystal Music, a Group 1 winner as a two-year-old.

Ronnie Wood at the racesRonnie Wood, guitarist with the Rolling Stones, is a keen supporter of horseracing. He breeds horses at his stud in Ireland and his former wife owns a number of flat racehorses.

Peter O’Sullevan, the BBC commentator known as the Voice of Racing, maintains an interest after retiring from broadcasting with his horses in training

Rod Stewart - A great racing fan who regularly attends Royal Ascot and other glamorous events with his wife Penny Lancaster.

Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger is a massive racing fan whose work has, for many years centred around horseracing, sport and English national obssessions. Mark recently won the commission for the £2million Ebbsfleet Landmark project deemed the 'Angel of the South', and is building a giant horse in the spot.

Michael Owen (Manchester United FC and England footballing hero) owned Treble Heights, a four-year-old filly trained by John Gosden, who won a Listed race at Newmarket

Sir Alex FergusonSir Alex Ferguson - the Manchester United manager had a share in the horse Rock of Gibraltar, who broke records in 2002 by being the first horse to win seven Group 1 races. He now owns several more top class horses, and is a regular racegoer.

Ex-footballers Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman formed The Macca and Growler Partnership. Their most prolific horse was Seebald, winner of 2003 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Celebration Chase, and both still have interests in the sport.

Intersky Racing was a consortium that included famous racing faces such as Alan Shearer (ex-Newcastle United player and former England skipper) among its members, and run by ex-England footballer, Terry McDermot. The syndicate owned several horses, including Intersky Falcon, one of the best hurdlers in the 2002-3 season

Mick Channon, the former England and Southampton FC footballing star, is now a successful racehorse trainer

Eddie Jordan - was joint-owner of the classy hurdler Rostropovich, and also a huge racing fan



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