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Chris Coley

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Chris is a well-known and popular figure in National Hunt racing and BresBet shares his love of horses and horse racing - with Ravenswell Farm very much at the heart of that being the home of trainer Fergal O’Brien and jockey – and BresBet Legend - Paddy Brennan.

 

Nic Brereton, chairman of BresBet, said: “Chris is a great supporter of Fergal’s team and is one of the best-known names in jumps racing, so when he came to us with an offer to support him it was a no-brainer. “We’ve been owners with Fergal for a few years now and have got to know Chris well – his passion for the sport and horses in general shines through. “These books have been a labour of love for Chris and his broad knowledge of sport is clear to see. His efforts have been well received in lockdown - when we all had plenty more time for his quizzes!”

 

Chris Coley has been well known in Gloucestershire sporting circles since his days at Cheltenham College and has played cricket, rugby, and football for Cheltenham. With his cricket hat on, he was in the Cheltenham side that won the National Knockout Final at Lord’s against Stockport and has been an active playing member of MCC and Gloucestershire Gypsies.

He has been involved in sports quizzing since the late 1960’s, appeared three times on the BBC’s Brain of Sport programme hosted by Peter Jones in the early 1970’s, and has previously published seven quiz books. In a previous life he taught English at Stout’s Hill School, Uley, where his most celebrated and indeed gifted pupil was a certain Stephen Fry!

On “retiring” from teaching, he became marketing manager at Gloucestershire CCC and then set up his own sports sponsorship/ corporate hospitality business in Cheltenham with his brother Ian, who attended six Olympic Games, as either coach/manager of the British Olympic clay pigeon shooting team. He is still very much involved with the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, but his main sporting passion now is horse racing (and playing virtual lockdown Scrabble with his co-author).

He has been involved for the past twenty years as an owner with over 150 winners so far and is now the business partner of Fergal O’Brien, the much-respected local trainer.

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