| 5.1°C Dublin

No rest for the McCoys with new baby and new house on the way

GLAMOROUS jockey WAG Chanelle McCoy went all-black as she proudly showed off her growing baby bump for the opening day of Cheltenham.

Chanelle and husband Tony McCoy already have a five-year-old daughter Eve, who Chanelle described as the apple of her daddy's eye.

"We'll be happy with either one as long as the baby is healthy, but it would be nice to have one of each", said the mum-to-be, who is four and a half months pregnant.


And daughter Eve is also eagerly awaiting a new brother or sister to keep her company.

"She is very excited about the new arrival and she will probably be a good help because at that age they are able to do things like go and get nappies and they understand more."

The news is extra-special for the happy couple who have spoken openly of their problems getting pregnant in the past.

Tony has previously spoken about concerns over his fertility levels after being told by a doctor that his chances of becoming a father were very low.

The issues came about as a result of sitting in hot baths every morning as part of his training, but after undergoing fertility treatment, the couple went on to have "miracle baby" Eve.

"We're absolutely delighted now, the baby is due early August and it is off season for AP (Tony) so it will be handy," said Chanelle.

"And we are in the middle of building a house at the moment in Lambourn (England) near where we live.

"It will be ready in September so the baby will have a new home – it will be a busy time," she added.

The slender blonde turned on the style for Champions Day and went all-black as she sported a Diane Von Furstenberg dress under an Amanda Wakeley coat, teamed with a Mark T Burke hat.

The expectant mum said comfort was her priority but she was also trying to look "half-glam" at the same time.

Tony enjoyed a good start to the festival yesterday after finishing an second in the opening race of the day, and Chanelle (36) is optimistic about his chances over the next few days.

"If he has one winner this week, we will be happy," said the Galway native.

And while revellers enjoy late nights and plenty of drinks, Chanelle and her sport star hubby are opting for more low-key nights in.

"This is a very serious festival so AP will be tucked up in bed early every night, watching a few replays when we go home and then mulling over the day," she added.

Chanelle enjoyed her day and was later spotted in the parade ring congratulating fellow wag Gillian Walsh, the wife of victorious rider Ruby Walsh.

Proving that she can do glamour was Olympic champion Denise Lewis who stood out in a full-length purple coat as she enjoyed her first ever visit to Cheltenham.


"You just have to back the Irish don't you," laughed Denise.

"But I am having an amazing day and of course you have to have a flutter," the chatty sports star told the Diary.

Also turning on the style at the races yesterday was Ryanair chief Michael O' Leary and his wife Anita who opted for a cream skirt and matching jacket and brown knee-length boots.