Sky star Rachel jets home for birthday as her big race day nears
SKY Sports presenter Rachel Wyse is winging her way home to Dublin for some belated birthday celebrations.
The Diary can reveal how the up-and-coming TV star will be hitting the tiles on Saturday night to mark her 26th birthday.
Former City Channel presenter Rachel quit Irish shores last year in order to move to London and focus on her broadcasting career with Sky and admits she's extremely excited about catching up with friends and family after a busy few months.
The ex-model said how she had been planning to spend a week at home, arriving today, but will now have to cut her visit short in order to return to the UK to train ahead of her Cheltenham racing challenge.
"It's only my second time to get home in six months and I'll have three days to say hello to friends and family," she explained.
"I'm hoping one day over the weekend I'll get to go out for my birthday.
"Work have been very good about giving me time off in the mornings to train so I've been doing the later shifts instead.
"It's taken a while to get the hang of working in a live studio environment but being thrown straight in was the only way I was going to learn.
"Now I've really started to feel more comfortable and they're very good about answering any questions I may have. It's a great place to work."
Ambitious Rachel, who first made her name as a show-jumper, was hand-picked by her bosses at Sky television to represent the station in a charity race in aid of Cancer Research at next month's Cheltenham Festival.
The blonde beauty received confirmation this week that horse trainer JP McManus is going to give her one of his horses to ride in the much-anticipated race.
And despite never racing professionally before, Rachel says that she's developed a love for it and hopes to continue riding competitively after the big race.
According to the Kildare presenter: "I was telling Tony McCoy about the race that I was getting involved with and he spoke to JP McManus, so we got the official word back this week.
"Obviously I'm delighted because JP is such a legendary figure in the racing world.
"I'm going to be riding in the green and white colours and the race is on St Patrick's Day so it's exciting.
"I'm used to show-jumping where you're in control as opposed to the horse so it's been a big change for me.
"I hope to keep it on afterwards, it's been so nice because I have a horsy background and missed it.
"I'm new to living in London and it's been great to be able to go out to the countryside when I'm riding."
Rachel says how she didn't have to lose any weight ahead of the race given that the target weight is 11st 11lb, but has been running every day in order to tone up.