Ep 248 - Andre Klein - On tour with the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Paddock and The Pavilion - The Horse Racing and Cricket Podcast

20-02-2024 • 44 mins

2024 is a special year for the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is due to celebrate its centenary on Friday 15 March. Joining us for today’s episode is Andre Klein, the Assistant General Manager of Cheltenham racecourse, who has been on the road and much more with the original Gold Cup trophy. Andre’s tour began with a four-peak challenge in four days last summer, in aid of Racing Welfare, when he took the Gold Cup up to the summit of Scarfell Pike, Snowdon, Carrountoohill and Arkle, the name of probably the most famous ever winner of the race.  During this year as part of a 100 day countdown Andre has taken the Gold Cup to schools, care homes, hospitals, racecourses both in Britain, Ireland and now France, plus many more places to promote the blue riband of steeple chasing in its centenary year. You will hear how fondly the public has reacted to having their photo taken with the gold trophy, first won by Red Splash in 1924. Andre also talks about his role leading the Gold Cup 100 Community Fund in association with the Cheltenham rotary club which is raising money through various events and donations in support of local charitable causes. A passionate horse racing follower of many years Andre adds his favourite memory of the Gold Cup which went a long way to changing his life. Please subscribe to us on Apple podcasts, Amazon music, Google or Spotify. Connect with us on X, Facebook & Instagram @ThePaddandPav www.stephenwallismedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices