Not sure what to expect at the Cheltenham Festival? Dom Joly, local resident and best known as the star of Trigger Happy TV presents a four-part series where he discovers how to get ready for the Cheltenham Festival – his own Insider’s Guide.
The first episode follows Dom to London where he visits tailors, Dress 2 Kill who are on hand to advise on what Dom should wear to the races. With the help of SKY Sports presenter Rachel Wyse, he chooses the tweed outfit he will wear on Ladies Day.
Dom admits he is horse savvy but when it comes to knowing much about horseracing and understanding racing terminology and jargon this is where he stumbles. On Festival Trials Day 2018, Dom visited the yard of Fergal O’Brien to meet three horses who were racing that day.
Getting up ridiculously early (his words!), Dom met Fergal at the yard where he visited the gallops, had a tour of the yard and chatted to a jockey Sam Twiston-Davies who gave Dom an insight into life as a jockey, while Fergal chatted to him about life as a trainer and most importantly the chances of the three horses running that afternoon at Cheltenham.
Sounding the part, Dom later at the racecourse met with bookmaker Simon Wallis of White Sunderland who gave him a quick guide into betting. Visiting the weighing room Dom met with jockeys who had just been weighed out for their race.
The day proved to be very insightful to Dom and he admitted he was actually starting to enjoy himself and getting into the swing of The Festival.
The final episode was filmed on Ladies Day 2018, dressed in his new Racing Outfit, when Dom walked the course before racing and even tried to enter the #ColourMeMarch competition to win a mini (this is only open to Ladies!). Dom got tips on the best places to eat and drink, where to watch the races and enjoyed the start of the day in the Guinness Village.
Dom Joly said: “Living so close to The Festival, it’s great that I finally get a chance to get an insider’s view of the affair. I’m enjoying the experience greatly.”
To watch the first in the series, please visit www.thefestival.co.uk/domjoly
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
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