EXCLUSIVE That’s one way to spend your winnings! Georgia Toffolo arrives at London heliport with banker ex George Cottrell and his former boss Nigel Farage after she won £37,500 from a £5,000 bet at Cheltenham
- Reality TV star Georgia Toffolo returned to capital by helicopter after spending the week at Cheltenham races
- The former Made In Chelsea star, 27, spent the week at the festival working as a TV presenter for ITV Racing
- She was pictured arriving with her ex-boyfriend George Cottrell and former Brexit party leader Nigel Farage
Georgia Toffolo has been pictured arriving at Battersea Heliport with Nigel Farage and her aristocratic ex-boyfriend George Cottrell after spending the week at Cheltenham races.
The couple’s private helicopter landed at 8.30pm on Saturday night after the reality TV star had been covering the festival for ITV Racing all week.
They were joined on the flight by the former Brexit party leader Nigel Farage, for whom George Cottrell worked for him as an aide, when the pair were involved in the UKIP party.
The TV star was said to have previously split up with financier George but the pair were pictured flying with Mr Farage this weekend.
George, who once called himself ‘the bad boy of Brexit’, was jailed in the US for wire fraud in connection with a drugs and money laundering investigation.
In July 2016, Cottrell was arrested while he was with Mr Farage at Chicago’s O’Hare airport after the pair had attended the Republican National Convention, where they reportedly met Donald Trump’s aides.
Mr Farage later said that he did not know about his background.
Georgia Toffolo arriving at Battersea Heliport with Nigel Farage and boyfriend George Cottrell after a week at Cheltenham
Trio arrived at Battersea Heliport (pictured) at about 8.30pm on Saturday night after Cheltenham Festival finished on Friday
Farage and the couple are known to be good acquaintances as Mr Cottrell once worked for Farage while they were in UKIP
Georgia Toffolo, George Cottrell and Nigel Farage share a conversation after landing at Battersea Heliport on Saturday night
Mr Cottrell, who is reportedly worth £300million, spent eight months in a US jail.
Before his arrest, he allegedly played a key role in the 2016 EU referendum, running Mr Farage’s private office and handling all media enquiries for the pro-Brexit politician.
The trio are thought to be good acquaintances and were pictured dining out at upmarket London restaurant Boisdale last year.
It comes after the former Made In Chelsea star had a successful week at Cheltenham after winning £37,500 on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old – known as Toff – told fans in an excitable social media post how she had ‘beginners luck’ after betting £5,000 on the opening run.
She then promised to make ‘generous donations’ to the British Red Cross and The Disasters Emergency Committee after winning the huge sum.
Sharing a picture of her ticket she wrote: ‘OH MY GOD beginners luck. Bloody hell can’t believe it. Generous donation incoming to both the @BritishRedCross and @decappeal.’
She split her bet with £2,500 on Constitution Hill to win the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Jonbon to finish second at 14-1, with returns of the £37,500.
Georgia shakes hands with a gentleman after landing at Battersea Heliport in London with her boyfriend and Nigel Farage
Pictured: Nigel Farage worked with George Cottrell during their time with the UKIP party in the lead up to the referendum
Pictured: George Cottrell arrived in London on a helicopter which landed at Battersea Heliport on Saturday night
The other £2,500 went on Jonbon to pass the post followed by Constitution Hill at 18-1 which would have pocketed her £47,500.
She was later forced to clarify her comment after some questioned whether it really was beginner’s luck and added that she meant it was the first bet of the festival and not her first bet.
Ms Toffolo has spoken in the past at her frustration over reactions to her political friends who she sees ‘out and about’.
She told the Metro: ‘I get frustrated because apparently, you can’t be young and blonde with a few hair extensions, and bump into a politician in a restaurant and want to actively go over and say hello and say “I don’t agree with you’ or ‘what you did was fab”. If I were a middle-aged, white middle-class man, it wouldn’t be a focal point of interest.
‘My favourite Twitter friend is [deputy Labour leader] Angela Rayner. We might be on different ends of the political spectrum but, of course [sarcastically], I couldn’t have a friend who’s left-wing…’
The 27-year-old shared a video of her in the helicopter with her Instagram followers, adding: ‘What a week. Why does it go so quickly? Countdown to the festival 2023 starts now.’
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