The Irish Road To Cheltenham
The Irish Road To Cheltenham is a new five-part observational documentary series, broadcast in association with Horse Racing Ireland on RTÉ One, beginning Thursday 7th March at 8.30pm.
This observational documentary follows five well-known jump jockeys throughout the 2012/2013 National Hunt season whose ultimate objective is to compete at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2013 - The 'Olympics' of National Hunt racing. Jockeys Davy Russell (current National Hunt Champion Jockey), Nina Carberry, Andrew Lynch, Andrew McNamara (Andy Mc) and Robert 'Puppy' Power will give us unique access to their lives and a glimpse into the physical and mental lengths they go to for their profession.
The fly-on-the-wall series will provide a deep insight into the world of Irish National Hunt Jockeys who compete in one of the toughest sports in the world and will document their lifestyle on and off the track including the risks, the sacrifice and the physical challenges that go along with being a National Hunt jockey.
Speaking about the upcoming series, Michael O'Rourke Director of Strategy and Marketing at HRI said: ''Every year, from the start of the National Hunt season, racing fans start to look out for horses and jockeys who might make it to Cheltenham. The series will give viewers a sense of our jockeys' extraordinary skill and affinity with horses and their unique combination of mental and physical courage."
Ray McCarthy, Commissioning Editor, RTÉ Television said: "Horse racing is such a particular passion of the Irish and so RTÉ are excited to be showcasing this new series which will give viewers a special insight into this world."
The Irish Road to Cheltenham will show viewers the passion, excitement and authentically-Irish flavor of National Hunt racing from all around the country as it follows five of our top National Hunt Jockeys on their journey to the Cheltenham Festival.
Produced by Animo Television for RTÉ in association with Horse Racing Ireland.
Profiles on the Jockeys are available by clicking the links below:
It's late 2012 and the journey towards the Cheltenham Festival is truly underway. The jockeys are busy; their hectic schedules are packed full with everyday work and almost daily racing. The cameras follow as champion jockey Davy Russell puts some potential future stars through their paces, Andy McNamara needs to lose 5lbs on the morning of a race to make weight for his rides that day and Andrew Lynch pays a visit to his surgeon to check up on how his leg break is recovering after a fall earlier in 2012.
Nina Carberry introduces the next generation of Carberry jockeys. Grand National winning jockey Robbie 'Puppy' Power puts some Cheltenham hopefuls through their paces as we hear from his father, Irish show jumping hero Captain Con Power. Plus Davy Russell and Andrew Lynch cross swords in Punchestown as their Gold Cup hopefuls put their Cheltenham credentials on the line.
Amateur jockey Nina Carberry plots her route towards Cheltenham while also planning for the future. With the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the horizon, the Irish hopefuls for the top honours at the festival go into battle one last time on home ground before crossing the Irish Sea.
In the final episode of the series, one of the the most important weeks in the horse racing calendar is upon the jockeys - Cheltenham. The episode follows the fortunes of the five jockeys - Davy Russell, Andrew Lynch, Nina Carberry, Andrew McNamara and Robbie Power - in the run up to and at the festival.