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Friday 24 November 2017

'My heart will be in my mouth if kids race', says Gillian

Gillian Walsh, Aisling Lawlor, Tamso Doyle and Emma Galway
Gillian Walsh, Aisling Lawlor, Tamso Doyle and Emma Galway
Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh's glamorous wife Gillian doesn't want her children to follow their father on to the racecourse.

The mother-of-three said she would be a bag of nerves if she had to watch her children cantering around the track like their dad.

"Oh my God, I don't know about that. My heart would be in my mouth if they ever decided to ride," she told the Herald.

It may not have been Ladies' Day, but there was still plenty of glamour on show at Prestbury Park yesterday.

Dragons' Den star Eleanor McEvoy enjoyed lunch with Chanelle McCoy, wife of former jockey AP, who will be appearing on the new series of the show later this month.

"Chanelle was an absolute sweetheart. I actually have a girl crush on her. She was brilliant," Eleanor said.

Changed

"I'm in year two of the show and I genuinely think it has changed what people say," she added.

"When I grew up, nobody told you that you could run your own business.

"If you came home and said, 'I'm going to run my own business', they would say, 'Oh, you must be a failure and you can't get a real job'. That's the Irish thinking."

Annual attendee Margaret Connolly, from Mullingar, said there's no other place like Cheltenham for a good time.

"I just love the atmosphere. I've travelled all around the world and there's nowhere like Cheltenham. It feels like home," she said.

To celebrate St Patrick's Day, the statue of Arkle was lit up green. There was plenty of good news for the Irish contingent, with a remarkable six winners.

Today it's the biggest of the big ones - the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Last night, punters headed into Cheltenham town to soak up the atmosphere and blow their winnings.

Gallops

Niamh Flynn (33), from Co Meath, was planning an early night.

"I come every year. I got here Monday night and was here bright and early on Tuesday to see the horses in the gallops," she said.

"It's really something. Cheltenham is the Olympics of our sport. Every horse wants to win here."

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