“For all of you folks out there that delight in embarrassing your equine companions at Halloween, I am married to one, here is a British twist on the human obsession of dressing four legged creatures in human clothes. Have fun!” ~ R.T.
One horse is odds on to be named sharpest dresser at the races, after tailors designed a three-piece Harris Tweed suit for him.
Three-piece suits are normally a luxury reserved for human attendees of the racing extravaganza, but accomplished seamstresses and tailors managed to create a fine equine alternative for veteran racer Morestead in four weeks.
Emma Sandham-King and her team used 18 metres of Harris Tweed for the outfit – 10 times more than is usually needed for a standard suit.
A crisp white shirt, blue tie and flat cap finished off Morestead’s makeover, which was proudly unveiled by champion jockey Sir Tony McCoy.
Ms Sandham-King, a former Alexander McQueen apprentice, described the project as “one of the biggest challenges I have faced in my career”.
She added: “Some models can be real divas, but 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.”
William Hill, which commissioned the outfit, estimates that enough tweed is worn at the event to stretch from the historic racecourse to Ireland.