Famous Race Horse Owners

The Cheltenham Festival kicks off this week over in the United Kingdom; running from March 13-16.

It is one of the most famous events on the racing calendar on the other side of the pond; where many of the best British and Irish-trained horses go head-to-head.

Prize money at the Cheltenham Festival is second only to the Grand National in the United Kingdom. With a prize pool of just under £5 million, over £1 million will be up for grabs every day during the festival.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a name you may recognize -- it's the most prestigious race of the event and takes place on the final day, otherwise known as "Gold Cup Day." Famous winners in this race over the years include Sizing John (2017), Kauto Star (2007 & 2009), Denman (2008), Best Mate (2002-04), and Golden Miller (1932-36).

The popularity of horse racing and the amount of money available has meant that 'famous' figures have become involved in horse racing in one way or another, usually by buying a horse.

Owning a horse can be lucrative, providing that your horse is successful, thanks to the prize money that is available. However, it's not just celebrities that own race horses, even members of the Royal Family have been involved in the sport and brought their own horses.

Horse racing is a very popular spectator sport, both here in the United States and even more so in the United Kingdom. Although racing is the primary aspect of the sport, the popularity of horse racing comes from the gambling associated with it. Throughout the year, thousands of people bet on horse racing, hoping that their horse wins the race for a nice payday and the thrill of being a winner.

Some of the names to look out for at this year's Cheltenham Festival are Footpad in the Arkle Chase on Tuesday, Samcro is the red-hot favorite for the Ballymore and Un De Sceaux is the favorite in the Ryanair Chase.

When it comes to Friday and the Gold Cup itself, Might Bite is the current 4/1 favorite with Betfair, closely followed by Native River at 9/2 and Our Duke at 7/1. Might Bite is an Irish horse owned by the Knot Again Partnership.

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