IRISH Sky Sports presenter and Irish Independent columnist Rachel Wyse has said she is "honoured" to be chosen as the ambassador of this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Dublin-born Wyse, who was raised in Blackrock, is set to follow the likes of Zara Phillips, grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, Irish champion jockey Tony McCoy and rugby internationals Mike Tindall and Billy Twelvetrees as the 'face' of the four-day festival.
As part of her ambassadorial duties, Wyse will be present at each day of the festival, feature prominently in the advertising campaign, model the new 'Cheltenham Tweed' fashion line and judge ladies' fashion during 'Ladies' Day'.
"Cheltenham is such an amazing place, hosting some of the best racing in the world, and so it was an honour to be asked to be an ambassador for the season," said Ms Wyse.
"There isn't a person in Ireland that doesn't have an affiliation with the Cotswold Course and our extraordinary record we have in the equestrian and racing field as a nation."
Wyse has previously taken part in the St Patrick's Derby at the racecourse during the 2010 festival, which raised more than €300,000 for Cancer Research UK.