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Cheltenham: Veteran racehorse Morestead dons tweed 'suit' with Tony McCoy

Former champion jockey Sir Tony McCoy unveils the world's first Harris Tweed suit designed for a racehorse. Picture by David Parry, Press Association
Catherine Wylie

RETIRED champion jockey Sir Tony McCoy has unveiled the first Harris Tweed suit designed for a racehorse.

Veteran racehorse Morestead modelled the three-piece suit, topped off by a matching flat cap, to celebrate the start of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

Bookmaker William Hill asked former Alexander McQueen apprentice Emma Sandham-King to create the unlikely outfit.

Ms Sandham-King and her team of seamstresses and tailors spent four weeks making the suit, using more than 18 metres of tweed shipped from the Isle of Harris - 10 times as much fabric as a human suit.

McCoy, who rode 31 Cheltenham winners and was champion jockey 20 consecutive times, said: "I have many fond memories of racing at Cheltenham Festival amongst the sea of tweed-wearing racegoers looking on.

"I'll be watching from the side-lines for the first time this year and rather than strapping on my jockey silks, I'll be joining the punters and hopefully tipping up a few winners to bash the bookies."

Ms Sandham-King said: "Some models can be real divas, but veteran racing horse Morestead was calm and a pleasure to work with.

"Tweed is undergoing a massive revival and this year's Cheltenham Festival will see the most tweed worn since the 1960s."

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