Ahead of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, Channel 4 will screen a candid documentary that explores the extraordinary lives and bravery of National Hunt jockeys.
Three of Ireland’s top jockeys, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell, allowed exclusive fly-on-the-wall access to their National Hunt season from November 2011 to April 2012.
The one-hour Jump Boys documentary, narrated by Alastair Down, gives viewers an in-depth, no-holds-barred glimpse into one of the toughest professions in world sport.
Each of the profiled riders discuss their fears and insecurities, chronicle their gruelling schedules and offer their views on the fragile nature of their livelihood.
This is the first time film-makers have been afforded such unique access into the lives of top professional jockeys.
Jump Boys follows Ruby Walsh as he makes history riding Kauto Star to a record fifth King George Chase success at Kempton Park.
It accompanies Barry Geraghty as he rides five winners at the Cheltenham Festival, and also charts Davy Russell’s journey as he won the Irish Jockey’s Championship for the first time in his career.
Jump Boys will be broadcast before C4 Racing’s The Morning Line on Channel 4 at 7.00am on Saturday, March 9. The programme will also be available on-demand via 40D shortly after its transmission.
The documentary comes on the eve of National Hunt racing’s biggest four-day extravanza – the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, which will be exclusively live on Channel 4, starting on Tuesday, March 12.
Saturday 9th MarchJump Boys: Channel 4 Racing 7.00am-8.00am – Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD Repeat: Tue 12 Mar – 11.45pm – Channel 4