Telegraph writers and racing experts reveal their secret Festival traditions

Telegraph writers and racing experts reveal their secret Festival traditions

Richard Hoiles, ITV commentator 

I’m not superstitious, but I do like to have all my prep done before I go to bed. And our tradition is that Ed Chamberlin and I will have our “stats breakfast” every day, where we will use my database to pull out quirky little stats that might make for a good talking point: for instance, Aidan Coleman is one from 114 at the Festival, so if he wins on Paisley Park, then that’s a story. And I always eat plenty: I am a firm believer in not going to work on an empty stomach.

Cornelius Lysaght, BBC racing correspondent 

In 2002, I had my hair cut by a barber in Cheltenham, and we won a major award for our coverage of the meeting and backed a few winners. Every year since, I’ve told my producer he can’t get his hair cut for a month before Cheltenham, and then drag him along. However, we haven’t won an award since, so it is gradually petering out, and I may have been barking up the wrong tree.

Alan Tyers, Telegraph writer 

I like to wear the same suit on the first day, a blue Harris tweed number that has been known to bring glory in the Champion Hurdle to the nominated bearer of the Tyers fiver. The suit has a waistcoat which either fits, or increasingly does not, depending on how well I have wintered. After four days of hog roasts, it is a rank outsider and is invariably withdrawn by the end of the Festival.

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