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Cheltenham racecourse

Tickets are now on sale at £6 for The Cheltenham Festival Preview evening on Sunday 9th March.

Gates Open 6pm, with the preview starting at 7pm.

The panel will include Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, 18 times Champion Jockey AP McCoy, Racing Post journalists Lee Mottershead and Jessica Lamb and is hosted by Alan Lee.

There will be a raffle and a silent auction during the event, to raise money for Marie Cuirie.

SKYBET PREVIEW EVENING IN LEEDS (ELLAND ROAD) ON 05 March 7pm. Alex Hammond among panel.
The panel, consisting of Sky Sports presenter and columnist Alex Hammond. Racing UK pundits Mark Howard and Niall Hannity, leading Irish journalist and broadcaster Donn McClean and Sky Bet's Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners will be previewing all the big race action at Prestbury Park.
A top jockey will also join the panel, chaired by editor Dave Ord, with doors opening at 7pm
Video interviews with leading trainers will be played on the big screen and there will be exclusive free bet opportunities on the night along with the chance to win a VIP trip to the Festival itself and some big prizes in a cash raffle.

Tickets cost £10 which includes a free £5 bet and a pie and peas supper.
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Report shockster January 20, 2014 9:42 AM GMT
There will be another Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening on Monday the 3rd March 2014. I’ve put together another exciting and entertaining evening on the above date.


Last year, the evening featured a star studded panel and the same line up will again appear.


COST OF ENTRY : £10 on the night, but please arrive early, as another big crowd is expected to gather.

There will be a Charity raffle for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Prizes will include Free Betting Vouchers from various bookmakers. Racecourse Badges & Hospitality prizes. Plus other prizes.

If the evening is anything like last year, you will be surely informed and entertained by the panel of experts who provided so many winners at last years event.

Telephone enquiries 0151 520 0080
Report shockster January 20, 2014 9:43 AM GMT
Above is not from ME.  Saw it on Twitter.
Report traveltips January 25, 2014 1:31 PM GMT
Any previews in Ireland lads?
Report sintonian January 28, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
John Parrot Laugh Squawk!!
Report traveltips January 29, 2014 5:24 PM GMT

EPDS Racing Cheltenham Festival Preview
Where: The Crown Inn, Pishill, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HH
Time: 7.15pm
Panel: Andrew Thornton, Richard Hoiles, Paul Kelso, Noel Williams, Lawney Hill & Rory Jiwani
Report traveltips January 30, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
Doncaster racecourse Sat 1st March

The panel stars:

     Sean Quinn (Assistant Trainer: John Quinn Racing)
    Brian Hughes (National Hunt jockey)
    Simon Mapletoft (AtTheRaces)
    Andy Holding (William Hill Radio pundit / form guru / Irish racing expert)
    Roger Hart (form expert)
    Jennie Prest (William Hill Sponsorship Manager)

PLUS prizes to be won including raceday hospitality, free bets, hotel stays and more!
Report marychain1 January 30, 2014 6:42 PM GMT
Thought shockster was John Morris for a minute then, that would have been a shock. Been the the Morris one in Maghull a couple of times. Once there was a keep fit/exercise club on in the sports hall downstairs and the P.A. system was piping her through shouting "one more, knees up etc". One of the panel said something about "fat club" prompting the organiser to come into the bar area where the preview night was screaming until she saw John Parrot and then she got a bit tongue tied.
Report shockster January 30, 2014 8:57 PM GMT
Report Graeme83 January 30, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
Parrot couldn't even tip a snooker cue. Big Gary will be there to tell everyone that Ladbrokes have just taken 2 million quid on Denman to win the gold cup, followed by someone whispering in his ear, and someone on the panel saying "mmmm these sandwiches are nice".
Report traveltips January 31, 2014 10:48 AM GMT

Bangor Racecourse Cheltenham Festival Preview
Where: Bangor Racecourse
Time: Gates open 7pm
Panel: Darren Owen, Donald McCain, Stewart Machin, John Morris, Paul Jones, Andrew Holding
Prices: £25 – Includes 2 course meal
Report traveltips January 31, 2014 6:41 PM GMT
Cafe en Seine Dublin Preview 6th March

Barry Geraghty
Donn McClean
Gordon Elliott
Kevin O'Ryan
Dave Keena
Leon Blanche
MC Denis Kirwan
Report alleged22 January 31, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
are there any in the west midlands?
Report Cork Langer February 1, 2014 2:29 AM GMT
Few more Irish venues

Thursday March 6th 7pm, Café En Seine Dublin
**** & Irish Injured Jockeys Cheltenham Preview Night, Barry Geraghty, leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, Racing UK & Sunday Times journalist Donn McClean, At The Races Irish presenter Kevin O’Ryan, Dave Keena from the Irish Field, Leon Blanche, **** whilst Denis Kirwan will be MC on the night. Entrance is free of charge.

Monday 17th February, 2013, Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick. UL Horse Racing Societ
Panel:Patrick Mullins, Bryan Cooper, John ‘Shark’ Hanlon, Kevin Blake (The Irish Field) and MC Kevin O’Ryan (At The Races).  Sponsors are giving a €100 Charity bet to each of the panellists for a selection of their choice, with all winnings going to the society’s chosen charity; the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Thursday 27th February, in the Woodlands Hotel, Waterford (in aid of the Solas Centre & St Vincent de Paul)
Panel includes: John Francome, Nick Luck, Davy Russell, Tom Segal, Noel O Brien, Mick Fitzgerald, Jessica Harrington, Corky Browne, Jim McGrath, Hayley O Connor (Ladbrokes), MC Brian Gleeson. Tickets €20

Monday 3rd March, Salthill Hotel, Galway
DAFA charity preview night, guests will include the legend BARNEY CURLEY.

Tuesday 4th March, Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan
Shabra Charity preview night, guests include Noel O’Brien, Tony Martin, Patrick Mullins, The Shark Hanlon, Andrew Lynch & David Jennings.

Thursday 6th March, Kavanaghs Bar Portlaoise
Matt Chapman will host – Panel will be revealed in late February.

Saturday 8th March , Gowran Park Racecourse.The Irish Racing Yearbook & Irish Injured Jockeys Present a Cheltenham Preview Evening  aid of The Jockeys Emergency Fund.
Champion Amateur Patrick Mullins, Irish Trainer Tony Martin, Senior Handicapper Noel O’Brien, Irish Trainer Tony Mullins, At The Races Irish Presenter Kevin O’Ryan & Special UK guest.
MC- At The Races Presenter Matt Chapman.
Report Long Shadow February 1, 2014 9:10 PM GMT
DUBLIN 15, Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre. 8pm

Panel:, Ruby Walsh,  Barry Geraghty , Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott   Tony Mullins, Tom ‘Pricewise’ Segal, Paddy Power (Bookmaker), Jonathan Mullin, Racing Post Editor (MC) plus live Conference Call with Willie Mullins

Tickets €20 including €10 matched Bet and a copy Racing Post Cheltenham Preview Book plus  Free Finger Food. A Raffle will be held on the night with a host of Fantastic prizes . Tickets available at (01) 8207888 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) and selected Paddy Power shops.  All proceeds in aid of ‘St Francis Hospice’
Report Glossy February 1, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
Am going to the one at at Cheltenham. Decent panel there this year. I don't go for tips or advice - haven't ever found much info that has been useful at these nights. They do whet the appetite somewhat, however.
Report traveltips February 1, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
Wed 7th March 8pm
London £20

Rishi Persad MC
Dan Skelton
Lydia Hislop
Tony Calvin
Andrew Tinkler
Rory Jiwani
Report Long Shadow February 1, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
DUBLIN 15, Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre. Wednesday 5th March 2014 @ 8pm

Panel:, Ruby Walsh,  Barry Geraghty , Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott   Tony Mullins, Tom ‘Pricewise’ Segal, Paddy Power (Bookmaker), Jonathan Mullin, Racing Post Editor (MC) plus live Conference Call with Willie Mullins

Tickets €20 including €10 matched Bet and a copy Racing Post Cheltenham Preview Book plus  Free Finger Food. A Raffle will be held on the night with a host of Fantastic prizes . Tickets available at (01) 8207888 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) and selected Paddy Power shops.  All proceeds in aid of ‘St Francis Hospice’
Report alleged22 February 2, 2014 12:03 PM GMT
^^^^^^^^ top line up that is...
Report jasey February 2, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
I went to west mids one last year at old oscott wmc but nothing on their website and nothing on west mids racing website yet.
7 quid entry, lydia and melish were  part of the panel and both said cue card was the lay of the festival and not to touch the new one.
Report alleged22 February 2, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
I doubt that will be on again then as were a fickle bunch in the west mids LaughLaugh
Report mark ball February 3, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
Just 20 tickets remain available for the Monday March 10th

Royal Oak Prestbury

Richard Johnson
Dave Crosse
Tom Scudamore
Andrew Tinkler

In aid of racing charities

3 x £100 free bets to be raffled -  donated by Fitzdares

Call Mark on 07702 895 428 for tickets

No entry on the night as the event will be full to capacity.
Report Long Shadow February 3, 2014 9:10 PM GMT
DUBLIN 15, Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre. Wednesday 5th March 2014 @ 8pm

:, Ruby Walsh,  Barry Geraghty , Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott, Tom ‘Pricewise’ Segal, Paddy Power (Bookmaker), Jonathan Mullin, Racing Post Editor (MC) plus live Conference Call with Willie Mullins

Tickets €20 including €10 matched Bet and a copy Racing Post Cheltenham Preview Book plus  Free Finger Food. A Raffle will be held on the night with a host of Fantastic prizes . Tickets available at (01) 8207888 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) and selected Paddy Power shops.  All proceeds in aid of ‘St Francis Hospice’
Report Cash Is King February 4, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
Cartmel's annual Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening will take place in the Grandstand on Thursday 6th March.

Tickets, which can be bought by calling the racecourse office on 015395 36340, cost £15 and the price includes a light supper.
Report Fallen Angel February 5, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
The info you get is always in the public domain. Just the various opinions might provoke an angle you hadn't thought of etc. A lot of the time they are good for just making you think slightly differently about a horse you really fancied or one you didn't. Nothing can beat research and private information in the long run.
Report bluebirdfan February 5, 2014 6:30 PM GMT
Arthur Moore is at Cartmels for some random reason
Report traveltips February 6, 2014 8:46 PM GMT
CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENING, Friday 7th March 2014 @ 6.45pm
with SPORTING INDEX. Sydney Arms, Chelsea

Big Mac
Oliver Sherwood
Mick Fitzgerald
Tom Segal
Emma Spencer
Report Gordon63 February 6, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
anyone know if there's a preview night in scotland?
Report Fallen Angel February 7, 2014 1:58 PM GMT
@Traveltips, ah good to hear they are doing another one. It was good fun last year and they do a mean steak.
Report Fabulous February 7, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
Gordon, March 7th, Hamilton, hopefully Abbot will be on to confirm.
Report willie the milk February 7, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
Ayr Racecourse, Friday 7th March. 7.00 start.
Panel Lucinda & Scu, Ryan Mania, Jim Goldie
Report jasey February 7, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
Midlands Racing Club
Preview Shows
The next Preview Show is the NATIONAL HUNT PREVIEW on Thursday 6 March 2014 and the confirmed guests are Club President and Racing UK presenter LYDIA HISLOP, racing pundit STEVE MELLISH and the Daily Mail's Robin Goodfellow SAM TURNER.

The full panel will be confirmed in March.

Get there from 7.15pm for an 7.45pm start.

There is no entry fee for members who bring your membership card along and it is £10 for Non members.

The venue is as usual the Old Oscott Working Men's Club, 1196 Aldridge Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, B44 8PE.
Report traveltips February 9, 2014 7:30 PM GMT
South Wales Cheltenham Preview Evening on Monday March 3 at Ton Pentre Football Club, Rhondda, South Wales start 7.30pm
Panel includes Richard Johnson, Tim Vaughan and Tony Ennis, all proceeds to the Riding School For The Disabled tickets £10 incl Buffet for more info call Kevin Moon on 07506 952368.
Report ChildOfMine2 February 9, 2014 8:14 PM GMT
Monday 24th Feb, The Goat Grill, Dublin

Panel: Barry Geraghty, Patrick Mullins amongst others.

Kick Off: 8pm.
Report abbott February 10, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
Hi Fabulous, details a bit late on here this year, Gordon68 if your in Central Scotland then ours is well worth the trip.

Scotland's No1 Cheltenham Preview Night 7th March

The Almada Suite, Hamilton County Buildings, ML3 0AA

Sponsored by Star Sport Bet

Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the night

Host: Gordon Brown (RUK)

Fergal O'Brien (Trainer)
Mark Howard (RUK)
Ian Taylor (The Daily Record's Garry Owen)
Ian Robinson (Imperial Racing)
Trevor Harris (Star Sports)

Phone Interviews: David Pipe, Gordon Elliot + one other

Last year was a great success though i was panicking slightly the morning after when I remembered I had offered everybody in the room a pint if Sam Winner won the Pertemps, luckily for me he was never in the race.

An even braver shout came from the Ian Taylor, who put Bobs Worth as his NAP of and was so confident that it would win that he offered a pint to everybody in the room if it failed.

He was spot on, though I heard he was hiding behind a pint of Tennents at the top of the hill.

Doors will open at 6.30pm and the event will start at 7.15pm Finish will be 11.30pm with last orders 11.45pm.

Ticket price will be £12 booked in advance or £15 on the night and will include a free £25 match bet with our sponsors Start Sports.
If you haven't taken advantage of this fantastic offer over the last 2 year’s make sure you don't miss out again.

David Pipe, Gordon Elliot and one more racing superstar will be joining us via the phone on the night to give us information from their stables and both mentioned trainers have a crack team to go to war with this year.

For up to date information on the preview you can follow me on Twitter @abbottracingnow or @Imperial_Racing or

To book or for more information please call Paul on 07877618120 or email at

If you can, please book in advance as we had nearly 140 in attendance last year.
Report traveltips February 14, 2014 8:14 PM GMT
Galway 3rd March Salthill Hotel

Tom Segal
Barney Curley
Patrick Mullins
Danny Mullins
£20 inc £10 free bet
Report traveltips February 14, 2014 8:14 PM GMT
Galway 3rd March Salthill Hotel

Tom Segal
Barney Curley
Patrick Mullins
Danny Mullins
£20 inc £10 free bet
Report alleged22 February 14, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
jasey are you going to the midlands racing club one?
Report jasey February 14, 2014 8:59 PM GMT
Yes m8 counting down the days.
Report alleged22 February 15, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
think I might go along aswell, pay on the door is it?
Report jasey February 15, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
Yeah get in early and have pick of the seats
Report Gordon63 February 15, 2014 9:08 PM GMT
abbot and willie the milk, planning to go to ayr on the 7th and as I travel by train I don't think I could get to Hamilton in time for that one so probably the ayr one after racing is more suitable, is it at the racecourse?
Report Gordon63 February 15, 2014 9:08 PM GMT
abbot and willie the milk, planning to go to ayr on the 7th and as I travel by train I don't think I could get to Hamilton in time for that one so probably the ayr one after racing is more suitable, is it at the racecourse?
Report Gordon63 February 15, 2014 9:13 PM GMT
just found details of the ayr one, it's a dinner 750 for table of 10!! will somehow be able to give that a miss!
Report willie the milk February 16, 2014 1:58 PM GMT
Yeh Gordon63, its a charity event hence the tables of 10.
Hopefully good night thoughCool
Report traveltips February 18, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
Ok not in the night time but before racing. Chepstow 8th March 12,30
Dan Skelton and Ewan Williams
Report Glossy February 19, 2014 12:15 AM GMT
Hereford - March 4th 7pm @ Hereford United FC - 'The Starlight Rooms'.

Host: Terry Court (Brightwells)
Panel: Lucinda Russell, Peter Scudamore, Tom Malone (Bloodstock Agent), Tom Lee (Pundit & Richard's son), Matthew Hall (C4 racing).
Tickets £10 a head - call the club on 0844 276 1939 - Bar & Food available.
Report traveltips February 20, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
27th Feb The Strand Hotel Limerick 8pm

Report traveltips February 22, 2014 12:38 PM GMT
As we enter the Forum season, please post any nuggets and best bets. the festival will be on us before we know it.
Report traveltips February 22, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
Report from the Exeter preview
Report Shakepseare's Sheriff February 22, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
thanks traveltips....very informative....really liked the mention of Fingal Bay
Report ashleigh February 23, 2014 4:44 PM GMT
beverley arms hotel, beverley 5th march 7-30pm.   
sean quinn,darren owen,gareth topham,malcom tomlinson,brian ellison,
danny cook.
Report Terry February 24, 2014 11:06 AM GMT
Anything in Manchester or the surrounding area?
Report onehundredandeighty February 24, 2014 12:09 PM GMT
Cheers Ashleigh,i emailed the hotel twice asking who the panel was and got zippo back Shocked
Report duffy February 24, 2014 1:48 PM GMT
Is there a betfair one this year that boycie hosted last year.
Report traveltips February 24, 2014 5:49 PM GMT
Terry the closest I know of is at Haydock Park

on Wednesday 5th March
at 7.45pm and doors open at 7pm. £10 in advance.

Warren Greatrex (Trainer), Marten Julian (Dark Horses annual),
and form experts Andy Gibson and Bill Warby.
Host for the event will be
Paul Clarkson (Lancashire Racing Stables).
Report abbott February 24, 2014 11:34 PM GMT
Gordon where are you traveling from, train links are usually pretty good.
Report Larry Sellers February 25, 2014 8:04 AM GMT
If not mentioned already - there is one after racing at Sandown on 8th March.  Nicholls, Henderson, Stewart (who is especially boring), McCoy.

Tickets £1.
Report shockster February 25, 2014 9:07 AM GMT

This the highlights of a couple of preview meetings recently held. Interesting
Report Gordon63 February 26, 2014 7:59 PM GMT
abbott - from livingston, but if i leave Ayr after the last race then by time you get to glasgow and change for hamilton will be close to 8PM i'm thinking
Report abbott February 28, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
If you left after 2nd last you could get 5.23pm gets you to Glasgow 6.17pm you would then have loads of time to get to hamilton.
If you really wanted to stay for the last you could get the 5.53pm gets you to Glasgow at 6.42pm you can then get the 6.58pm to hamilton west that arrives at 7.16pm
The station is a 3min walk from the venue, if you want to come i'm sure we could hold the start by 5mins.

Both of those would involve you getting a taxi from the racecourse to the train station. I know a few of the guys have done the trip the last few years and its worked out ok.

Report Gordon63 February 28, 2014 6:51 PM GMT
abbott you're a persuasive man!  i'm off to middle east on business tomorrow and due back Thursday, if all goes to plan then ayr and the preview on Friday, I'll check the last race once decs are out but either way thanks to the info below I should make the start, I have what my mate once referred to as a 'gamblers walk'!
Report traveltips February 28, 2014 7:06 PM GMT

7pm start at the New Astley Club, Fred Archer Way, Newmarket. Food will be available between 6 - 9pm.

Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, Leslie Graham, will host the evening. The Panel will consist of:

Claude Duval of The Sun
Trainer John Ferguson
Racing UK’s Oli Bell
Former Jockey Steve Smith Eccles
Star Sports Luke Tarr
Report abbott March 2, 2014 1:48 PM GMT
Last race 5.10pm this year, you will make it no time Gordon!
Let me know if your coming and I will put a ticket by for you at the advance booking price.
Report willie the milk March 2, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
Ayr event has been cancelled. Sponsor issue I believe.Cry
GL with your night Abbott. I had Ian Taylor at my local preview night on Friday. Cracking night and Ian had a great night with lots of views and booze.
Report Joist March 4, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
Went to the Aintree preview night this evening. Good night, nothing outlandish learned but one of two interesting comments. Brief write up below.

CL – Charlie Longsdon
BP – Ben Pauling
JP – John Parrott
AH – Andy Holding

BP: Splash of Ginge has to be considered after winning Betfair Hurdle, will not be easy to pass. Vaniteux goes here after an excellent bit of work the other day. Not much mention of Josses Hill.
JP: Irving.
AH: Top 4 head and shoulders above the rest, two chasing types (Vautour, Josses Hill) against two speed types (Irving, Wicklow Brave). At the prices, Wicklow Brave, but concerns regarding jumping.
There were a couple of positive mentions for Wilde Blue Yonder.

CL: Can’t have Dodging Bullets, not good enough. Champagne Fever fan.
BP: Champagne Fever one of the good things of the week.
JP: Very bullish regarding Trifolium’s chances.
AH: Trifolium is an each way bet to nothing.

Champion Hurdle
CL: The New One, has a lot of time for horses coming back from 2m4f to contest the Champion Hurdle.
BP: My Tent Or Yours killed Nicky Henderson’s dog. Likes The New One for same reasons as Charlie.
JP: Keen on The New One. Can’t see Our Conor winning.
AH: My Tent Or Yours is an e/w cert.

Day 1 notes:
Quevega’s preparation was questioned after Mullins admitting she wasn’t completely impressing him so they eased off her. Ben Pauling said that perhaps she is like Simonsig, who would go off the boil if you started to do too much with him at home. Thinks the fact they’ve laid off Quevega could be a positive and bring her spot on if a similar thing applies to her.
CH: Pendra should be giving 10lbs to the field in the novice handicap chase, not receiving 3lbs. Best horse he’s trained, a 150+ horse and best chance of the week. Hopes AP rides.
AH: Same race, likes The Romford Pele as very well handicapped. Also Firth Of Clyde will appreciate step up in trip for astute trainer.

CL: Killala Quay was sick last time out but is his best novice. Has an e/w chance. Would run Red Sherlock in the Albert Bartlett and cites Tom Scu saying that he’d find it hard to get off Red Sherlock (for Kings Palace) if they did go to the Potato Race. They won’t go there though as they don’t want to take KP on. Also puts up Rathvinden each way.
BP: Red Sherlock. Royal Boy is not quite good enough.
JP: Red Sherlock.
AH: Red Sherlock, has a huge engine, plenty of speed.

CL: Smad Place and O’Faolains Boy each way, very highly regarded by Rebecca Curtis.
BP: Smad Place is made for Robert Thornton.
JP: Smad Place has found some speed/zip from somewhere this season.
AH: Ballycasey won’t stay, goes with Morning Assembly. Likes Sam Winner and Le Bec of home team.

Champion Chase
CL: Doesn’t know. Not Sire De Grugy though.
BP: Simonsig was 30lb below best in the Arkle, makes Baily Green look better than he is. Barry Geraghty likes Captain Conan’s chances, BP thinks he is just a good work horse and falls asleep in his races.
JP: Baily Green is a price.
AH: Keen on Hinterland especially each way NRNB.

Coral Cup:
CL: Magnifique Etoile is badly handicapped, will have a better chance at Aintree.
AH: Clondaw Kaempfer has a good chance according to Donald McCain.

Fred Winter
BP: Trains Raven’s Tower, will travel, will stay, might not be able to quicken with them. Good mention for Pearl Castle.
AH: Owns a bit of Rutherglen, now handicapped out of the Fred Winter, sporting chance in Triumph.
Very positive mentions for Sea Beat, Powder Hound, and Spaceship here. Baradari is supposedly best chance of the week for Venetia.

AH likes Kilultagh Vic very much, very impressed with his speed lto to destroy Golantilla. Ruby Walsh rides apparently.

Cross County:
BP: Quantitativeeasing will have been schooled to the minute for this. He was always a very good one for them and wanted to run in the National but couldn’t due to not having won a 3m chase. Was always best when creeping round. Has a lot of ability, will definitely stay and will be hard to beat.

CL: Oscar Whisky.
BP: Oscar Whisky, very bullish on his chances.
AH: Felix Yonger good ground form is best in the race, Sizing Gold on decent ground has a good chance. May be a year too soon for Vukovar.

CL: Dynaste is an autumn horse, likes Al Ferof.
BP: First Leiutenant, spring horse.
AH: Dynaste or Benefficient.

World Hurdle
CL: Nicholls definitely wanted Big Buck’s to win last time out, would have had him ready, and as such thinks BB is on the wane. Goes for Annie Power.
BP: Likes At Fishers Cross who has been given the Binocular treatment of returning from Ireland a different animal.
JP: Big Buck’s.
AH: Big Buck’s not as good now. Rule The World posted good speed figure last time out and Dunguib franked form.

CL: Calipto looks good, Le Rocher need soft ground.
JP: Likes Broughton. Calipto might find it a year too soon.
AH: Has a part of Rutherglen, decent e/w and Pricewised now. Not sure if quite good enough but Maguire booked and has been for a long time. Calipto ran the last circuit on Betfair Hurdle day quicker than Splash Of Ginge did in the Betfair Hurdle.

Albert Bartlett
CL: Briar Hill each way banker, went to say the word “banker” and cut himself off. One of the best Irish horses. Urban Hymn each way.
BP: Doesn’t like Kings Palace. David Bass rode Captain Cutter in work recently, is in the form of his life.
JP: Briar Hill screaming out for 3 miles, Ruby said we’ll see a “savage” performance when he goes 3m.
AH: Likes Kings Palace on speed figures, Champagne West at a bigger price.

Gold Cup
CL: Between the top two in the market.
BP: Last Instalment. Good ground is a positive for Bobs Worth, who might drift close to the off due to not being much of a looker.
JP: Bobs Worth. JP has been doing plenty of aftertiming, my notes read.

Other comments
JP: Keep an eye on Tom Bellamy’s ride in the handicaps for the Pipes.
BP: Ericht is hard to get right but keep an eye in running if travelling okay.

Charity Bets:
CL: Briar Hill, O’Faolains Boy
BP: Red Sherlock, Smad Place
JP: Bobs Worth, Montbazon.
AH: Vibrato Valtat, Imperial Cup. Red Sherlock and Kilultagh Vic.

Very enjoyable evening.
Report grum_p March 4, 2014 8:28 AM GMT
great write up thanks joist. Happy
Report Ming_the_Merciless March 4, 2014 11:16 AM GMT
many thanks - it's awesome you guys post up these write ups and I read every word - more than once sometimes.Love
Report festivalfanatic March 4, 2014 11:24 AM GMT
Well done Joist....great write up. None of them fancy Faugheen for the Neptune!Shocked
Report mrtopnotch March 4, 2014 12:26 PM GMT
Going to the Ganleys one in Morden on Thursday night, very good last year!
Noel Fehily
Richard Johnson
Mick Fitzgerald
Presenter: Luke Harvey
Report ZEALOT March 4, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
john parrot ffs ... What would this compulsive gambler know about the festival ?
Report Ballydoyle March 4, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
Why's John Parrot part of any preview evening man??ipod time when he speaks.stick to snooker ffs
Report Graeme83 March 4, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
Big John Parrot is as entitled to be there as anyone. If he can't tip, he will fit in well. The nights are supposed to be a bit of fun.
Report abbott March 4, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
Hi Willie
Sad stuff especially with it being for charity!
Ian is a great lad, has to be one of the best value for the punters at our night.
Report FOYLESWAR March 4, 2014 5:51 PM GMT
one on here tommoz ,p.nicholls. d.macain couch chappers ,gary o brian live stream at 7pm
Report willie the milk March 4, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
Just like at your night, he went out on a limb last year tipping Bobs Worth and he has  tipped Our Conor this year.
Great bloke.
Report Ballydoyle March 4, 2014 5:54 PM GMT
Ah right well fook it let's have Phil the power Taylor and Roy Keane on some panels as well then...
Report Joist March 4, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
To be fair to John Parrot - I went in with the same attitude as some of the above, the "wtf does John Parrott know". He actually came across as reasonably knowledgeable and put a few good comments into the mixer.
Report Ballydoyle March 4, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
Roy Keane has allegedly said that he thinks Big Bucks will get fooked and if anyone wants to argue then meet him outsideAngry
Report ReaseHeath March 4, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
The Power would spend the whole evening name dropping, would claim to be Arkle's closest mucker and Best Mate's best mate.
Report corruptus in extremus March 5, 2014 12:29 PM GMT
Anyone know when the betfair preview night is on live?
Report Ramruma March 5, 2014 1:01 PM GMT
Report Ballydoyle March 5, 2014 1:02 PM GMT
7.30pm go to betfair site
Report Ramruma March 5, 2014 1:05 PM GMT
Link is on front page of new site but I cannot see it on old site. As @Ballydoylel says, 7.30pm.
Report Fashion Fever March 5, 2014 1:48 PM GMT

Report Gordon63 March 6, 2014 9:09 AM GMT
abbot - just back from middle east, can't login over there of course, and see there is inspection at ayr on Friday morning, if the racing is ON then I'll also make the preview night but no problem to pay the 15 on the night, hope to be there!
Report ashleigh March 6, 2014 9:49 AM GMT
went to the beverley preview last night.     
panel with nap   
gareth topham, corrin wood, rsa   
sean quinn, bobs worth, gold cup 
darren owen, indian castle, kim muir   
malcom tomlinson, meister eckhart, coral cup   
brian ellison, holywell, which ever  race runs in.       
sean quinn said he preferred rutherglen over pearl castle in the truimph hurdle.   
ap mccoy been booked for cockney sparrow in the mares hurdle.   
majority of the panel went for our conor,sire de grugy, annie power and bobs worth in the championship races.
Report abbott March 6, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
cheers Gordon, hope to see you then.
Report willie the milk March 6, 2014 6:57 PM GMT
Nice we piece in today's Record from Gary (Tayls) re our own preview night at the Standers.
Cheers IanHappy
Report mrtopnotch March 7, 2014 10:47 AM GMT
Ganleys - Morden
Johnson very sweet on Fingal Bay Cool
Report Ballydoyle March 7, 2014 10:48 AM GMT
Fingal bay surely bounces?
Report mrtopnotch March 7, 2014 10:49 AM GMT
Bounces over the line Laugh
Report shockster March 7, 2014 11:12 AM GMT
Alex Hammond was keen on Fingal Bay at the Leeds preview.  Can safely rule it out now. Laugh
Report Ballydoyle March 7, 2014 11:20 AM GMT
I'm keen on Alex HammondLoveLoveLove
Report Arklearkle March 7, 2014 11:24 AM GMT
I think Bally we will have to put a hood or blinds on you.
Report festivalfanatic March 7, 2014 11:33 AM GMT
Or geld him!Devil
Report shockster March 7, 2014 11:37 AM GMT
She also tipped Many Clouds for the 3m Festival Chase after the 5 day decs were out!!!Shocked
Report FOYLESWAR March 7, 2014 1:08 PM GMT
couch recons that this years champion chase is so bad they have seen money for the ambulance each way Laugh
Report shockster March 7, 2014 1:27 PM GMT
At least the ambulance will be there unlike Many Clouds.Laugh
Report Ballydoyle March 7, 2014 1:38 PM GMT
Class from the couch...also said the giant bolster has more headgear than Hannibel Lecter!LaughLaugh
Report Gordon63 March 8, 2014 7:35 AM GMT
Abbot - thanks for a good night, certainly more interesting than some of the online versions I've seen and a few of the pundits didn't hold back which always makes it more fun too.  Sure you or someone else will post a fuller review in time but the apparent stable confidence behind Djzakadam and Brier Hill has resulted in bolstering my position on those two and also the negativity surrounding almost everything in the QM has led me to further investments in Hinterland.  Thought David Pipe and Gordon Elliott interviewed very well and Brian Hughes insight on the jockeys perspectives was also worthwhile.  Cheers and hope it was a financial success on the night and for the next few days too - can't wait!
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