Christian Horner triumphant in a different form of racing
Formula 1 glory was swapped for victory at horse racing as Christian Horner and his wife Geri toasted their maiden win yesterday.
The boss of Red Bull's F1 team and the former Spice Girl - who have a home in Oxfordshire - triumphed in a hunter chase at Newbury.
Their horse was named Lift Me Up - a reference to the singer's 1991 solo chart-topper.
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Friday was Mr Horner's first appearance at Newbury and he described it as a "lovely venue".
The Horners were recently granted planning permission for a barn to house 14 horses.
They applied for part-retrospective planning permission as they had already started building the barn at their country estate near Banbury.
But letters of objection were written by neighbours in the winter of 2022 in response to the application.
The couples love for horses has gone to another level now with their victory with Mrs Horner telling RacingTV that seeing a rainbow during the event "felt like a sign" it would be their day.
She added: “We both love horses and we are happy hackers.
“I bought a horse for Christian who was an ex-racehorse and said ‘Why don’t we try and get a point-to-pointer?’
“This was the first time he has run under Rules. It’s amazing. When we saw that rainbow we thought it was a sign.”