Wednesday 25 April 2018

Paper prophet: Tracy Piggott (Sports Presenter)

Has the recession forced you to cut back on any spending?

Yes, most definitely. I cut back on clothes, socialising and holidays -- like most people, I think.

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

My PA, my nanny and my dogs.

Do you know what your house is worth?

Considerably less than it was two years ago.

Do you still tip?

Yes -- when service is good and people go out of their way to be kind, I always tip.

What's the most extravagant thing you bought during the boom years?

A long Cavalli dress. I feel ill thinking about the cost!!

Do you trust the banks?

I trust mine -- I have no choice.

What product do you find yourself buying a cheaper version of when shopping?

I pay a visit, once a month, to Lidl or Aldi to buy domestic cleaning products.

What car do you drive, and how much does it cost to fill up the petrol tank?

I drive a Jeep Cherokee and it costs about €80 to fill up the tank.

What was your first job and salary?

Working as an assistant to a bloodstock agent in Newmarket, for £50 a week.

What would you like to achieve in business/work this year?

I'd like to manage my time and budget more efficiently.

Do you have any family connection with business?

Yes. Both my mother and sister are very astute business women. My mother ran a bloodstock agency and my sister and her husband, William Haggis, operate a racing yard in Newmarket.

Which businessman or woman do you most admire?

John Magnier. He built up Coolmore from scratch and has an incredible business brain.

What was your best investment?

My house -- I built it 12 years ago, with direct labour, to my own design before things got really expensive.

What's the biggest financial mistake you ever made?

Investing in a bogus business venture and getting badly stung.

Have you switched your bank or moved your mortgage in the last couple of years?


If you won the Euromillions jackpot, what would you do with the money?

I would put a large chunk on deposit for my daughter. I'd also donate a large sum to Playing for Life, the charity I set up in 2005.

What have you got in your wallet today?

A fiver, two credit cards and pictures of my daughter.

If you could design your own euro note, whose face would you put on it?

Mary McAleese. She is an incredible ambassador for Ireland and a wonderful communicator.

What was the last thing you bought?

Diesel and a newspaper.

What's the worst rip-off you've ever come across?

Ireland's health service.

What would you spend more money on each year, petrol or restaurants?


Have you ever been overcharged by a bank?

Yes, but they paid me back.

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

Yes, for a car accident.

Did an ATM machine ever swallow your card?


How much is a Twix?

Not sure -- €1 at a guess.

Tracy Piggott will be presenting live coverage and highlights each day of the Cheltenham Festival on RTE Two television

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