Robbie Keane mocked by Arsenal-mad AP McCoy as Spurs great appears at Cheltenham

Robbie Keane was mocked by Arsenal-mad AP McCoy after the Tottenham Hotspur great appeared at Cheltenham.

The former Spurs striker was spotted on stage during the presentation of The Queen Mother Champion Chase at the festival on Wednesday. Fans were shocked to see Keane taking part in the ceremony alongside Queen Consort Camilla after Paul Townend rode Energumene to victory in the featured race on day two of the festival.

Townend held off the challenge of Rachael Blackmore on Captain Guinness to win. It did not take long for the ITV racing panel to spot Keane on stage after the race.

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Arsenal fan McCoy could not resist firing a jab at the ex-Ireland international, who starred for bitter rivals Tottenham across two spells in north London.

After seeing Keane in the line-up on the podium, McCoy quipped: "That's Robbie, yeah. Ex-Tottenham player…he's never been on a winning podium before has he!"

However, Keane is one of few Spurs players to have won a trophy this century, having been a member of their last side to lift some silverware. Keane featured as Spurs beat Chelsea after extra-time to win the League Cup at Wembley Stadium in 2008.

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Since retiring, he has been a regular at horse racing events across the UK and has previously been snapped alongside his wife Claudine at Royal Ascot.

He will be hoping for success at Cheltenham and for his former club in the near future, with Spurs' trophy drought set to continue for yet another season.

With the 2008 League Cup win their last trophy victory, Antonio Conte's side are already out of both domestic cups and the Champions League this term. As for the Premier League, Spurs are fourth and trail leaders Arsenal by 18 points.

Keane enjoyed two successful spells as a member of Spurs' forward line, scoring 122 goals in 306 appearances for the club. He also won trophies elsewhere, lifting three MLS Cups and the Supporters' Shield with the LA Galaxy.


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