Cheltenham announce ambassadors Rachel Wyse and Billy Twelvetrees

Last Updated: 14/10/13 10:36am

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Rachel Wyse: Cheltenham ambassador

Rachel Wyse: Cheltenham ambassador

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Rachel Wyse, the Sky Sports News presenter, and Billy Twelvetrees, the Gloucester rugby player and part of this summer's British Lions team, have been selected as Ambassadors for Cheltenham Racecourse this season.

This is the first time that Cheltenham will have two Ambassadors.

Both Rachel and Billy know Cheltenham Racecourse well and have been racing often at the Cotswold venue. Two years ago, Rachel took part in the St Patrick's Derby, a charity race staged on the third day of The Festival in March so she has an extra special affiliation with the racecourse.

Rachel said: "Cheltenham is such an amazing place, hosting some of the best racing in the world and so it was an honour to be asked to be an Ambassador for the season.

"I have so many amazing memories of that day when I was lucky enough to ride around the course in the St Patrick's Derby and experience something that not many people have to chance to do so.

"A day at Cheltenham is not just about the racing, but also the socialising and the fashion. Every girl loves getting dressed up for a day at the races and Cheltenham is no different, especially on Ladies Day on the second day of The Festival."

Rachel has already visited Cheltenham this season, when she took part in a photo-shoot.

In some of the shots, she stars alongside Imperial Commander, the winner of the 2010 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and who is trained locally by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Billy lives locally and is one of the rising stars in British Rugby. He is Ambassador as part of a bigger partnership between Gloucester Rugby and Cheltenham Racecourse, which will see a variety of events and marketing concepts delivered over the season. The first one will be the screening of the Munster v Gloucester Match after racing in The Centaur on the Saturday of The Showcase (October 19), which will be free to all racegoers.

Billy said: "I am really excited to be working with Cheltenham Racecourse this season as one of their Ambassadors.

"I live in the town and have been racing often, which is always such a fun day out. The racing is such an important event for Cheltenham and I cannot wait for the season to get going. I am already looking forward to visiting the racecourse next month.

"Racing could not be a more different sport to rugby, but both jockeys and professional rugby players have to be at the peak of their fitness to perform at the highest level and a lot of dedication is required to achieve this, so it will be interesting to see how the two sports differ.

"There's been a good link between racing and rugby in recent seasons. I know many supporters have taken advantage of the Super Sporting Ticket that enables fans to watch both sports for a great price."

Racing at Cheltenham gets under way on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19 at The Showcase.

The Open takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 15 to 17.

For further information or to book tickets please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0844 579 3003.

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