Published on 2nd Aug 2012
Singer Lily Allen is the latest celebrity musician to take an interest in racing a step further by buying into a couple of racehorses.
She has bought shares in Polish Rider, trained by Richard Hannon, and Ombrellino, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, as part of the ownership syndicate De La Warr Racing.
The Smile and The Fear star, now pregnant with her second child, went with husband Sam Cooper and eight-month-old daughter Ethel to meet Polish Rider at Hannon’s East Everleigh Stables in Wiltshire.
They saw Polish Rider, a two year-old light bay-coloured thoroughbred, out on the gallops and put through his paces, said Hannon’s son, Richard Hannon Jnr.
“She saw him go at speed and seemed very impressed,” he said. “He’s very good-looking and a big, strong sort.”
He added: “She came with her baby and had a nice time looking round the yard. She obviously knows her horses. It was great to have Lily here and her presence cheered the lads up, too.”
Lily, 27, has multi-platinum-selling albums under her belt and is now back in the studio working on a new album due to be released in the spring. She also co-owns vintage fashion shop, Lucy in Disguise.
But she has claimed in the past that she likes nothing better than relaxing on a Saturday with the Racing Post and found time in her busy schedule last year to attend the Cheltenham Festival.
Lily joins other musicians who have invested in racehorses, including Ronan Keating, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Abba’s Benny Andersson and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.