Why, every March, is there an annual invasion of the Irish to Cheltenham? Which is more important: for the Irish to win or to beat the auld enemy? These are the questions this book aims to examine. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the role of the Irish in the world's favourite race meeting. The experiences, insights and humour of jockeys, owners, punters, trainers and true blue royalty are all reflected in this volume. Heady thrills in the saddle, aspirations to greatness, the bang of the stable door, the sound of the hoof on the turf, wonderful heroes as well as villains and victims are part of the currency of the Cheltenham Experience. The cast list includes Golden Miller, Arkle, Dawn Run, Imperial Call, Florida Pearl and Istabraq. It includes interviews with a virtual who's who of racing such as Vincent O'Brien, Tom Foley, Shane Broderick and Sir Peter O'Sullevan.