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Thursday 14 December 2017

Cheltenham diary: Patrick’s got a new love ... and who’s the Premier League star laying down €15k?

Patrick Kielty attended the Cheltenham festival with a new girl on his arm -- but was keeping schtum as to who the lucky lady was.

The outspoken comedian (39) admitted that he was there with the new lady in his life, but insisted he would not be revealing her identity.

"My girlfriend lives just five minutes away from the track so I said I had to pay a visit to Cheltenham today of all days, with it being St Patrick's Day," he told the Herald.

But when pressed about who his new love interest was, Kielty (pictured below) claimed that he would not be giving anything away.

"I am here with the future ex Mrs Kielty. I won't be saying any more than that," he said.

He has previously dated TV beauty Amanda Byram and just last summmer he hit the headlines when he brought Swiss supermodel Alizee Gaillard to the star-studded wedding of Andrea Corr and Brett Desmond in Co Clare.



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While he remains tight-lipped on the identity of the new woman in his life, he did reveal he was suffering from a sore head after stumbling across JP McManus's celebratory party following his Champion Hurdle win with Binocular on Tuesday.

Patrick is currently busy writing a tribute comedy show and will also be making a TV documentary about Sharon Osbourne in the coming weeks

More well-known faces were expected to attend the festival today for Ladies Day, such as TV stars Ant and Dec along with their respective other halves, Lisa Armstrong and Georgie Thompson.

Also enjoying the hospitality of a private box were Irish soccer players Stephen Hunt, Manchester United ace John O'Shea and Hull's Kevin Kilbane, who ventured out briefly to mix with the great unwashed outside the parade ring. Wigan player Titus Bramble was spotted preparing to part with a big wad of cash, an estimated £15,000 in £50 notes ahead of the big race of the day, The Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was also seen trotting around the park as he and a number of his players took a break from training.

And it wasn't just the men enjoying a day out at the races, with Irish rugby player Leo Cullen's other half, Dairine Kennedy, joining jockey Andrew McNamara's girlfriend, Rhona Healy, for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Jockey Tony McCoy's glamorous wife, Chanelle, and fellow Irish racing Wags Emma Spencer and Gillian Walsh, meanwhile, watched proceedings from their own box where they had enjoyed a no-expense-spared luncheon.

Ruby Walsh's glamorous wife arrived to Cheltenham yesterday, having missed out on Tuesday's proceedings as she didn't want to leave their new baby, Isabelle, for too long.

The jewellery designer was delighted to have made it in time to join in the celebrations following her sister-in-law Katie Walsh's big win in the opening National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup on Poker De Sivola. A tearful Walsh paid tribute to her close friend, Nina Carberry, who achieved second place on Becauseicouldntsee, explaining that it was tough to have to go up against her at the final hurdle.

The two ladies are extremely close given that Nina is the partner of Katie's brother, Ted Walsh Junior, and were planning to enjoy a quiet celebration at one of their rented apartments last night.

Well-known publican Charlie Chawke and his syndicate, meanwhile, chose to return to Dublin to mark their horse, Forpadydeplasterer's second placing in the big race of the day, the Champion Chase.

The group of 24 were narrowly pipped to the post by fellow Irish man, hotelier Patrick Redmond's horse Big Zeb, who raced past the post under Irish jockey, Barry Geraghty.

Yesterday's St Patrick's Day themed event was a big winner with punters, bringing in 3,000 more than last year, with 50,507 people in attendance.

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