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Musings on Cheltenham

I was delighted to be interviewed by the Irish Independent about my experiences on 'The Irish Road to Cheltenham'. Thought I might share the piece ahead of tonights episode. This was written just two weeks ago, and what a fortnight it has been.... dominated by racing, shooting & editing; but all the time thinking of Jockey Andrew McNamara's cousin John Thomas - and hoping he makes a full recovery. G. In The Stables with Gerry Nelson - Director of The Irish Road to Cheltenham - Thursday 8.30 RTE One. I still find it slightly surreal that I will be right in the middle of next week’s Cheltenham Festival mayhem. After all, it was only in November that I attended my first National Hunt meeting at

'That fear is always there'

It was a real thrill to see that the brilliant Irish Sports journalist Paul Kimmage was inspired to write a piece on Davy Russell based on my series 'The Irish Road to Cheltenham'. Having reached the top of his sport, Davy Russell is determined to stay there, as he tells Paul Kimmage Why David Russell? The documentary. Maybe you've seen it? The Irish Road to Cheltenham, and that scene in episode four from the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown when he loses an epic finish on Sir Des Champs in the LexusChase. IT'S TUESDAY AFTERNOON. HE HAS SPENT THE MORNING AT FAIRYHOUSE SCHOOLING HORSES FOR MICHAEL O'LEARY AND IS ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY HOME WHEN HE SPOTS THE MISSED CALL ON HIS PHONE.