Peter Crouch cheers on winner at Cheltenham as ex-footballer enjoys day at races

Peter Crouch was amongst the happy punters at the Cheltenham Festival as he cheered on a winner on St Patrick's Day Thursday.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham striker is a massive racing enthusiast and was able to catch the action at Cheltenham yesterday as a guest of Paddy Power, for whom he works as a brand ambassador.

Crouchy was all smiles when 9/1 shot Good Time Jonny, ridden by Irish jockey Liam McKenna for trainer A J Martin, won the Handicap Hurdle in the second race of the day.

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Reflecting on the experience, he told the Daily Mail: "I was there on Thursday with my friends at Paddy Power.

"I had worked on Wednesday night doing the Real Madrid vs Liverpool game but was up bright and early to get ready. A big group of us went and, yes, a good day was had by all."

Crouch was joined by former Stoke City team-mate Steve Sidwell and ex-Portsmouth colleague Glen Johnson, who he earmarked as his "first port of call" when picking horses.

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Speaking of his love of the Festival as a whole, he added: "It’s just the best! I always enjoyed it when we had team days out.

"It took off when I was at Spurs — Jonathan Woodgate and Harry Redknapp were right into their horses — and we kept it going at Stoke. The buzz of the place is what sport is all about."

Selecting his favourite of the four days, Crouch continued: "It’s difficult to pick one, as I love them all, but the Gold Cup is what it’s all about.

"I went in 2018 and we were all in on Native River. He had this epic battle with Might Bite when it was toing and froing up the run-in. Thankfully we were on the right side of the argument! What a day it turned out to be."


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