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Cheltenham Festival Preview Nights

Racing enthusiasts from around Ireland and the UK are gathering to discuss prospects at Cheltenham Festival racing preview evenings.

Exeter Racecourse's Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening takes place on Wednesday, 27th February.  The all-star line up includes champion trainer Paul Nicholls, David Pipe, Johnson White, Andrew King from the Racing Post, with Alice Plunkett hosting the evening.  The evening starts at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £15 each (including food).  A raffle will also take place, with all proceeds going to the Sarah Gaisford Fund.  To book, please call the racecourse on 01392 832599

Wednesday, 27th February at 8pm.
In aid of Direct Aid to Africa, this evening costs €20 (which includes a €10 free bet with Victor Chandler!).
The panel includes:
Barney Curley, Mick Fitzgerald, John Carr, Nina Carberry, Andrew McNamara, Donn McClean (Sunday Times), Irish handicapper Noel O'Brien and legendary bookmaker Ian Marmion (from Victor Chandler).

The Woodlands Hotel, Waterford City
Thursday, 28th February, 8pm start
Chaired by Brian Gleeson
Panel : Henry de Bromhead (trainer, Sizing Europe), Mike Cattermole, John Francome, Davy Russell, Noel O'Brien (Senior Handicapper), Justin Carty ( and Pat Keane (Irish Examiner)
All proceeds from the evening go to St. Patrick's Hospital in Waterford.

The Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, at 9pm on Thursday, 28th February.
Tickets are €15 each, available from the hotel on (064) 39300, Vincent Casey (087) 2461599 or Murt Murphy (087) 2373377.
The panel includes David Duggan, Jim Culloty, Tom Doyle, Tom Cooper, Murt Murphy and Donal McCarthy, all chaired by Kevin O'Ryan from ATR.

'Cheltenham Unplugged', at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel
Tuesday, 4th March at 7.30pm
Chaired by RTE racing correspondent Colm Murray, the four-man panel consists of John Carr (trainer of Sublimity), jockey Barry Geraghty. Ivan Yeates from Celtic Bookmakers and David Jennings, sports editor of the Meath Post.
Admission is by pre-paid ticket ONLY; tickets are on sale NOW at Dunboyne Sports & Leisure, or via

In The Patterson Bar, on the 1st floor of the Grandstand.
Tuesday, 4th March, starting at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.
Hosted by Gordon Brown, the panel will include Tony Dobbin, John Budden and Paul Jones.
Tickets are only £10, which includes a copy of Paul Jones' book “The Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide”.
To book, please call 01228 554700.

Yorkshire Racing Club
Parkside Sports and Social Club, Pudsey, Leeds
Tuesday 4th March
£5 to non-members.

Before racing on Wednesday, 5th March, 12.45pm start
Full Cheltenham Preview, sponsored by Betfair.
Panel includes Mark Winstanley, Tony Calvin, Matt Williams and Brendan Powell.

Wednesday 5th March at Ton Pentre Football Club.
Sponsored by Ladbrokes, this is the first evening of its kind in the South Wales Valleys and promises to be an informative evening, with guests Evan Williams, Tim Vaughan, Christian Williams and Emily Jones.
Tickets cost only £5, which includes a buffet, with proceeds from the evening going to the Injured Jockeys' Fund and local charities.
For further information or to buy tickets, please call Kevin Moon on 07783 763683

West Berkshire Racing Club
Newbury Racecourse, Wednesday, 5th March at 8pm
Panel includes Tanya Stevenson, Wayne Hutchinson, Seamus Mullins, Matt Williams.

Sedgefield Racecourse hosts its first ever Cheltenham Preview Evening!
Wednesday, 5th March, at 7pm. Tickets cost only £5, which includes supper.
The panel comprises presenter Gordon Brown, Richie McGrath, Niall Hannity, Iain Turner (WBX) and Jennie Prest (William Hill).
For more information, please go to

The Tithe Barn, Hinton St. Mary, Sturminster Newton
Thursday, 6th Marchat 7.30pm
Hosted by Alice Plunkett, the panel will include champion trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Tom Scudamore.
Tickets cost £25 each, including light refreshments, with all proceeds from the evening going to the Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust supporting Parkinson's Disease Research, Cancer Research and Youth Enablement.
To book, please send a cheque payable to “Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust” to Cheltenham Festival Preview, c/o Barters Farmhouse, Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT101NA.

The Crystal Palace Bar (Wetherspoons), Thursday, 6th March at 8pm
Hosted by Gordon Brown, guests on the panel will include Tony Dobbin, Steve Smith Eccles, Niall Hannity, Ian Turner from and Joe McNally. 
Tickets cost£15, this includes a free Cheltenham Festival Preview Booklet from the Racing Post, plus a prize draw for 2 Festival tickets.

Thursday 6th March, starting at 7pm.
The panel will include Denis O'Reagan, Ferdy Murphy, James Moffat and Marten Julian.
Tickets cost £10 and include a light supper.

The London Racing Club's Annual Cheltenham Preview
At The Royal National Hotel, Thursday 6th March at 7.30pm
The panel features Nick Luck, Eddie Fremantle, Paul Ryan(the voice of Paddy Power Racing in Ireland), racecourse commentator Mark Johnson and senior handicapper Phil Smith. Members £10, non-members £15.
All those attending will receive a £5 Paddy Power betting voucher.

The Midlands Racing Club
The Barn Social Club, Brookvale Road, Witton.
Thursday, 6th March at 7.45pm, chaired by Chris Pitt.
The panel comprises Lydia Hislop, Steve Mellish, Tony Calvin, Sam Turner and Stewart Machin.
Entrance costs £3 for members, £7 for non-members

Newton Abbot Racecourse
Thursday, 6th March
Panel includes David Pipe, Philip Hobbs, Richard Johnson, David Hood, Kate Miller

Friday, 7th March.
The Official Cheltenham Preview, the panel will be chaired by Channel 4's own Mike Cattermole. The panel itself contains Mick Fitzgerald, Tom Segal (Pricewise from Racing Post) and local trainer Alan King.
Tickets cost £15 if purchased before 29th February, £20 thereafter or on the door.To purchase tickets and for further details, please go to

The Lygon Arms, Sunday 9th March at 7.30pm
The panel includes Robert Cooper, Ronan Graham, Richard Hoiles, Alan King, Stewart Machin and Pat Murphy.
Tickets cost £25, which includes a reserved seat, buffet and raffle ticket.
Tickets must be purchased in advance from Roger Hart, on either 01386 438496 or 07831 092368.

The Lygon Arms, Monday 10th March at 7.30pm
The panel includes Ian Carnaby, Ronan Graham, Charlie Longsdon, Jason Maguire, Alan Potts and Andrew Thornton.
Tickets cost £25, which includes a reserved seat, buffet and raffle ticket.
Tickets must be purchased in advance from Roger Hart, on either 01386 438496 or 07831 092368.

Monday, 10th March, starting at 7.45pm in the Horseshoe Suite.
Tickets cost only £5, with the panel including John Morris, Paul Fergusson and Tony Ward, plus representatives from both Timeform and Totesport.
Contact for more details.

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