Josie Gibson & Sam Thompson Among Stars at Cheltenham Festival Day 3

Cheltenham Festival dazzles with sports icons and fashion flair.

by Zain ul Abedin
Josie Gibson & Sam Thompson Among Stars at Cheltenham Festival Day 3
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On the third day of the renowned Cheltenham Festival, the spectacle wasn't just on the racecourse but also among the attendees, with television personalities Josie Gibson and Sam Thompson stealing the spotlight in a delightful display of camaraderie and style.

Known for their stint in "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" the duo's reunion at the event added a light-hearted flair to the prestigious gathering, especially on "St Patrick's Thursday." Sam Thompson, 31, known for his vibrant personality, donned a classic blue suit paired with a white shirt, injecting humor into his ensemble with a whimsical hat, goggles, and a whip.

His antics, including a playful horse-riding pose, were a hit, especially with Josie Gibson, 39, the beloved host of "This Morning," who couldn't help but laugh along. Gibson's ensemble, a sophisticated combination of a long khaki coat, suede green boots, and a matching hat, complemented by a white shirt and silk scarf, exuded elegance while keeping in theme with the day's festive spirit.

Sports Legends Shine

The event was graced by notable figures from the world of sports, including Sir Alex Ferguson, 82, the legendary former football manager, and Jamie Carragher, 46, a respected football pundit. Both added gravitas to the occasion with their presence and choice of attire, marking the day as a confluence of sports and entertainment.

The Cheltenham Festival, a cornerstone of the British sporting calendar, witnessed an array of green as attendees embraced the spirit of St Patrick's Day, enjoying pints of Guinness and hoping for a touch of Irish luck. Noteworthy appearances included Irish actor James Nesbitt, in a striking green tweed suit, and reality TV star Georgia Toffolo, who opted for a chic brown suede coat over a red skirt and hat.

Royal attendees added to the festival's allure, with Princess Anne, Zara, and Mike Tindall, alongside Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, showcasing unity and style. Their participation underscored the event's significance, transcending the realms of sport and entering into the nation's cultural tapestry.

Despite the challenges posed by the weather, with the festival experiencing its share of rain, spirits remained high. Jon Pullin, the clerk of the course, reported favorable conditions for the races, a testament to the resilience and enduring charm of the Cheltenham Festival.

As the event continues to unfold, it remains a testament to the UK's rich heritage in horse racing and its ability to bring together diverse figures from across the spectrums of sports, entertainment, and royalty, all united by their passion for the races.