Cheltenham Chat: Newcastle playmaker Jonjo Shelvey talks Festival fever
Midfielder discusses flat v jumps, Gold Cup and more
Coral News: Hey Jonjo, have you been to Cheltenham before?
Jonjo Shelvey: Yeah I’ve been to Cheltenham a couple of times – I love it. It’s an awesome place to go.
CN: Do you or anyone in the squad own a horse?
JS: I’ve owned a few over the years. One called Goalazo and one called Generous Jack which won a few times.
CN: Flat or Jumps racing – which do you prefer?
JS: Definitely jumps. The added unpredictability of the hurdles just makes the races so much more exciting to watch.
CN: Favourite Cheltenham memory?
JS: Winning on the Gold Cup back in 2015 on Coneygree. That was great!
CN: How do you pick your horse?
JS: I’m in a syndicate with a few other people so I get my tips from there.
CN: Is there anyone among the squad who thinks themselves as a bit of a tipster?
JS: Hmmm. Me, Clarky, and Darlow like to have a punt. We’re trying to get a few of the other lads into it too.
CN: Who do you fancy for the Gold Cup?
JS: Native River!
CN: What do you enjoy most about racing?
JS: I like the excitement when a winner you’ve backed comes in. That’s a great feeling.
CN: Who do you reckon has it tougher? Footballers or jockeys?
JS: Definitely jockeys as I know how hard they train and all the work that goes into their diet etc.
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