The Cheltenham Festival is now just weeks away…
To celebrate Paragon sat down with former Champion Jockey and ITV Racing presenter, Mick Fitzgerald.
Mick will be at Paragon’s Cheltenham VIP Club all week, with some great tips and even better stories! To book your place at the Cheltenham VIP Club, get in touch today! We have limited places across all 4 days, so speak to us to snap them up today!
The Cheltenham Festival is just weeks away Mick! Is it too early to start getting excited?
It’s never too early to get excited about Cheltenham! I’m such a big fan – I think we’re very lucky. Athletes have to wait every 4 years for the Olympics, but jump racing fans, jockeys and trainers get Cheltenham every year!
This month has obviously been a topical one for the horse racing community – at any point where you worried about the Equine Flu outbreak?
The more I found out about it, the more comfortable I became that we weren’t going to miss the festival. With 2000 tests done and only 4 coming back as positives it was pretty clear the issue had been contained.
I can remember the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 and it really went down to the wire that year – Equine Flu was a walk in the park compared to that!
What’s your best bet of the festival Mick?
It’d have to be Sir Erec in the triumph hurdle – I think he’s absolutely bombproof. He had to be ridden aggressively the other day at Lepardstown so they were obviously very confident. He’ll go well if the ground is good and if we had some rain and the ground is soft, he could go even better!
Presuming he wins, it’ll be fascinating to see where they go with him – based on what we’ve seen so far, there’s no doubt that he could be a genuine contender for the Champion Hurdle next year. He’s already show a very high level on the flat so they could go down that route as well in the summer.
2019 will be your 6th year at the Cheltenham VIP Club. What is it that keeps you coming back?
Because I really enjoy it – there’s a great bunch of people there. I see the same faces every year and people don’t keep coming back unless it’s good!
The Cheltenham VIP Club
The Cheltenham VIP Club is the number one Cheltenham Festival hospitality facility. Running across all four days, The VIP Club offers a delicious three course lunch, an open bar and has balcony views of the stunning Cheltenham Racecourse. The VIP Club is hosted by Rachel Wyse, Mick Fitzgerald while a jockey from the day will mark your card before racing. To enquire about booking places at The Cheltenham VIP Club, please click below.