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When Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston met AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald


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Known affectionately as ‘Beef’ since his youth and to all his fans, English professional golfer Andrew Johnston took part in an Extraordinary game of golf on Cheltenham Racecourse against 20 time Champion jockey Sir AP McCoy and ITV presenter and Grand National winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald.

Beef was met by keen golfers AP and Mick for a game of golf on the actual Cheltenham Festival racecourse, where holes were laid and challenges were set.  After being weighed out with their golf clubs in the jockeys weighing room, the first challenge was a putting competition nearest to the Gold Cup in the Parade Ring.  This was followed by four holes on the course, which included the Cross-Country Course and finished with a Flop Shot lesson from Beef.

Having been given a lesson in golf around the course, it was Micks and AP’s turn to give Beef a riding lesson and introduced him to the Equicizer.  Like a duck to water and dressed in the famous green and gold striped silks, Beef was given a riding lesson and impressed both champion jockeys with his riding skills.

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston said, “This was only my second time at Cheltenham Racecourse and it was an honour to be in the company of two jockey legends.  Playing on the actual racecourse was definitely extraordinary but great fun and ending the day on the equicizer was an experience but I’m happy to say I am going to stick to the day job.”

As part of a series that will run throughout the 2018/19 season, Mick Fitzgerald, has been travelling the country in search of the stories that make The Festival™ presented by Magners Four Days of Extraordinary.

The first episode of The Extraordinary Tour followed Mick to the heart of the Cotswolds where he met TV presenter Lee McKenzie who surprised him with the original 1924 Gold Cup trophy.  Micks’ next stop was to Ireland where he met with the dynasty of Mullins family followed by a tour around the home of Magners, the official partner of The Festival 2019.


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