If you're one of those social butterflies that pops up during Cheltenham Festival week, then it's critical you pick up a couple of phrases to keep you on the right side of the seasoned professionals....
'One more sleep! Happy Cheltenham Eve!'
Yes, Cheltenham is kicking off tomorrow. It's not Christmas.
'Apple’s Jade is my festival banker.'
Using phrases like ‘festival banker’ is sure to make you sound like a professional.
'You’d miss McCoy, wouldn’t you?'
So you know a little about the recent history of national hunt racing.
'It’ll be the Willie and Ruby show, just you wait and see.'
You don't know them, but you talk about them like you do. First name terms always helps pump the confidence into your statement. Be sure to brush up on the music of the Kaiser Cheifs (Ruby) if you're going to lead with this line.
'Ireland will win the Prestbury Cup - sure with the ammunition going over from Gordon and Willie's – it’s a certainty!'
There's an obvious trend developing here. You've gone to one festival preview and clearly gleaned a lot from it.
Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott. Photo HEALY RACING.
'You can't beat that Cheltenham Roar.'
It’s not Hill 16 you’re on but you’re giving it a good go, well done!
'The only thing is will he stay up that hill?'
Ah yes, there is a hill. Clearly you’re very familiar with Cheltenham, you know the topography of the track inside out.
'Nicholls and Henderson are sure to hit the board with something.'
You’ve a couple of the British trainers on your horizon, or you know their names at least.
'Sure I follow this lad on twitter there and he said that Benie Des Dieux is a certainty, sure wasn’t Apple’s Jade third to her.'
You’ve followed a few new characters on twitter in the lead up to the festival and you’re using that knowledge, fair play to you!