The Cheltenham festival is one week of the year that both Tony and I get really excited about.
To him, it's the place where all the best horses in England and Ireland come together and the true champions meet. So for him, it's the biggest week of the year and it's what every jockey prepares for every season.
For me, I really look forward to it because I enjoy going racing and I can obviously enjoy the social side of it far more than he can. Our house is about 50 minutes from the track so we usually have about 15 people staying with us every night. It's always really busy, with lots of people milling around. Tony has four sisters and one of them is a hairdresser so he'll come down in the morning and we'll all be running around, getting ready. He pays no attention -- he's usually in his own zone by then.
Winning the Sports Personality of the Year Award has had a slight knock-on effect in terms of his profile being raised. The public who mightn't have known him before would expect him to have a winner now and that's something he would be conscious of.
It's a very serious week for the jockeys, they all want to have a winner in Cheltenham and he'll be hugely disappointed if he doesn't. There's a big build-up to the festival, with the whole decision-making process of who to ride, given that he's champion jockey. He's retained to ride for JP McManus so, for him, there's decisions to be made as to who he should ride. He puts an awful lot of pressure on himself.
This is my 12th year going to Cheltenham and, in general, I'm not nervous watching him in a race. The fences he's jumping are the same height every day he's out riding but there is the added excitement and hype.
The speed of Cheltenham adds an extra dimension as obviously the faster you're going, the harder you fall and you can get some quite bad falls there.
Cheltenham really look after the wives and girlfriends, they give us a box every year so we all hang out together for four days. It's great fun, there's always some friendly banter going on and we're all shouting for our own partner to win. You try to have your homework done in advance if you fancy having a few bets.
I adore fashion and love any excuse to dress up and everyone always makes an effort to dress up for Ladies Day. I usually plan my outfits a few weeks in advance, and this year I commissioned a milliner named Mark Burke from my home town of Loughrea.
He made me a different hat for each day and I'm delighted with them, so I'm all ready to go.