Lydia Hislop is a racing journalist I respect enormously, writes Vernon Grant. Not afraid to ask difficult questions of trainers or jockeys, she lives and breathes the sport and analyses racing day in, day out. Her preparation work for each and every Cheltenham Festival is detailed and of great help to all punters and those who love to watch racing.
Ruby Walsh was one of the finest jockeys of his generation. A man who knows better than most what it takes to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival. His Irish connections means he has great knowledge about horses trained in that country. Ruby is also a wit. The Ruby and Lydia double act is always an entertaining watch. Even when they are socially distanced and discussing racing while located in different countries.
In the ‘Road to Cheltenham’ series of broadcasts available online via YouTube, Podcast and the Racing TV website, he and Lydia record regular previews ahead of the festival in March. They review recent rides, winners and reveal which horses they believe could perform well in certain races at Prestbury Park. Lydia always has some early ante-post fancies. Below is their latest episode, published on February 5th 2021.