Gold Cup winning jockey Robbie Power is looking forward to this year’s Cheltenham Festival with just three days to go until the big event.
The Co. Meath native told BoyleSports this week about his routine for the few days and that he tries not to answer the phone on the run up to the Cheltenham Festival.
My routine at the Cheltenham Festival
He said: “If someone at the airport comes up to me and asks about my thoughts on Minella Indo or whatever, you just deal with it. The good thing about the 6.45pm flight is that it is usually full of jockeys, trainers and owners going over so you’re ahead of the punters going over.
“There is just a great buzz at the airport and everyone is just excited to get there.
“My routine during Cheltenham is that I’m staying with Johnny Burke who lives about 20 minutes away from the track. I get up around 6.30am, jump in the shower and have some porridge for breakfast. That gets me through till about 11am.
“I will then drive to the track and get there around 7am/7.15am. I will then ride out on Tuesday morning, I’ll probably be riding the horses I would be riding that day and also the Wednesday. It would probably be riding two lots.
“Then I will go back to Johnny’s and get changed and I would then head back out at 10/10.30am to avoid the busy traffic on the way to the racecourse and arrive at the track. I might then catch up with some friends I have in England at the track and have a chat.
“Then for lunch, I would get something like chicken for lunch in the weighing room. The catering at Cheltenham is top-class and I would probably have to be in the weighing room about two and a half-hours before racing begins so I can get a few bits and pieces to eat before that at around 11am/11.30am.
“That keeps you nice and relaxed for the day and then in the evening we’d go back for a nice meal at Johnny’s and see what he is cooking!”
I try not to answer the phone the week before the Cheltenham Festival.
“In terms of the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival, I guess you try not to answer the phone too much! But joking aside, I’ve got some nice rides in Ireland at Navan and Naas this weekend. They are the most important and you just have to keep doing the day job.”
“I’ll then get on the 6.45pm flight on Sunday evening and then it really begins. I don’t really get too stressed or worried in the build-up to Cheltenham.
“You hear people in the week before Cheltenham thinking about a plan for their respective races.
“I have an idea of what I’m riding, but I don’t get worried or make any plans until I see the final declarations.”
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