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07 Jan 15 17:07
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Sorry if ive missed it if someone has mentioned this but couldn't see so..............

Could you guys put up when where and who's on and then the usual comments for whoever goes to one.

Appreciate some get very repetative but there are the odd snippet that comes in useful

Cheers Happy

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When: 07 Jan 15 19:44
ive been 2 and I wont be going any more , nothing to do with getting winners etc cos I always pick my own anyway .

They are a total waste of time in my opinion .
When: 07 Jan 15 20:13
Went to my first ever preview night last year, at Aintree racecourse. Can't remember if many winners were put up, but beers were drunk and a laugh was had and the appetite was well and truly whetted for Cheltenham by it. Will certainly be going to another one this year.
The RealDeal
When: 07 Jan 15 21:16
Yeah, think the same as Joist, it's hard to have a bad night at a preview evening, generally recommended.

Zealot, we all pick our own winners but we pick up the information to pick those winners from all sorts of places, a night out with a few scoops with the lads and a few (good or bad) tips, doesn't that help the evening along?
When: 17 Jan 15 05:33
This one Shocked
When: 17 Jan 15 08:36
Leeds March 4th
leading owner Rich Ricci, who has a remarkably strong team heading to the meeting including Faugheen, Vautour, Douvan and Annie Power, will be on hand to talk through their chances and those of the rest of the team.
Top jockey Jason Maguire, Sky Sports News racing expert Alex Hammond, leading Irish journalist Donn McClean and Racing UK pundits Mark Howard and Niall Hannity are also on hand to pass on their expert opinion.
Sky Sports Super Sunday and Monday Night Football host Ed Chamberlin will be your MC for the evening with the panel hosted by editor Dave Ord.
Tickets cost £10 and as well as an extensive preview of each day’s racing the evening includes video interviews with leading trainers, a buffet supper, a free bet and exclusive price boosts courtesy of Sky Bet.
When: 17 Jan 15 18:34
Will be in attendance in Leeds and very much looking forward to it. Happy
When: 17 Jan 15 18:41
That looks a cracker.
Its 10 quid at midlands one and get diddly
When: 18 Jan 15 00:19
Newcastle's was good last year. March 3rd this year.
Hosted by Gordon Brown (the other one).
When: 18 Jan 15 05:18
Sometimes a small one in beverley,anyone know please?'ll probs know Cool
When: 22 Jan 15 11:21
Does anyone have any info if the Hamilton preview night is on, I attended last year and had a great night and a decent offer from Star racing into the bargain.
When: 26 Jan 15 19:33
many listed here - Hamilton on 6th march so mad rush from ayr races just like last year!
Lairy Mary
When: 27 Jan 15 11:15
Friday 6th March at Taunton Racecourse.
Host: Alice Plunkett
Panel: Philip Hobbs, Paul Nicholls, David Pipe & Martin Chapman of Star Sports
Doors open at 6.30pm (Preview starts at 7.30pm)
Tickets: £10 in advance (£12 on door) available shortly from Taunton Racecourse website
Food available prior to Preview
Licenced Bar
Free Cheltenham Guide to each person
Free match bet up to £50 from Star Sports
Raffle to include 2 badges Annual Membership of Taunton; 4 badges for Cheltenham Evening Meeting in April
When: 28 Jan 15 18:29
Not sure if they are doing the one in Beverley. If there's not one around here this year then I may try and organise one myself next year
When: 28 Jan 15 18:51
Ta.Let us know if you hear anything Happy
Lairy Mary
When: 29 Jan 15 12:24
Taunton Preview Evening tickets now available online
When: 29 Jan 15 12:47
What would you call your Preview evening steamship?
Lairy Mary
When: 04 Feb 15 13:40
Long Shadow
When: 04 Feb 15 20:44
Cheltenham Preview Night
Date:   Wednesday, 4th March 2015
Venue: Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15
Panel:   Ruby Walsh, Davy Russell, Bryan Cooper, Jonathan Mullin (MC) Racing Post’s Paul Kealy, Paddy Power, A N Other
Rafle:   Top Prizes, (including a Trip for two to the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup)
Proceeds: In aid of Brother Kevin Crowley’s, Bowe Street, Day Care Centre for Homeless People
Tickets: €20 each, which includes a€10 (Match) free bet.
Call: Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre on (01) 8207888.
Free Fingerfood
When: 04 Feb 15 22:01
I've told you all the hilarious story about John Parrott and John Morris having it out with the "fat club" woman from downstairs when the PAs were somehow all mixed in together one year, but here's Morris' preview night details.

The 2015 JUMPING PROSPECTS PREVIEW EVENING will take place on Monday March 2nd @7.45.
ENTRY: £10 on the night.
Ladbrokes have once again agreed to provide a £5 betting voucher while stocks last. SO be early!!
There will also be a Charity Raffle with a donation being made to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Fabulous prizes once again kindly donated by Bookmakers & various racecourses.

Raffle prize so far kindly donated.
Ladbrokes World Hurdle 2 Badges to Cheltenham (Thursday), Betting vouchers  with Betfred, Racecourse badges at Carlisle, Haydock, Newbury,
I’m currently working on other racecourses and bookmakers to agree to contribute to the prize list.
Telephone: 0151 520 0080 for any further details.
When: 07 Feb 15 07:56
didnt see this sorry Blush
When: 10 Feb 15 08:16
the Cheltenham preview evening in Beverley this year is at the conservative club march the 4th at 7-30 pm. panel to be confirmed.
When: 10 Feb 15 11:34
Cheers ashleigh Happy
When: 15 Feb 15 21:04
Good stuff Gordon, get a few winners at Ayr this year and thats more money for the bar at the preview :)
When: 17 Feb 15 11:44
Anymore news on the Beverley one Ash,no bugger seems to know anything about it?
When: 17 Feb 15 21:31

Monday 2nd March – 7.30pm start
Tickets £10 with raffle in aid of Injured Jockeys Fund
Panel: Marcus Townsend (Daily Mail) Angus Loughran (former BBC Racing Pundit)
Marten Julian (Dark Horses) Martin Greenwood (BHA Handicapper)
Trevor Harris (Star Sports) & hosted by Paul Clarkson (Lancashire Racing Stables)
Tickets can be booked by phone/text or online at:
Phone 0161 973 5921 or Text 07858 034694 for further details.
In association with Northern Racing Club & Star Sports Bookmakers
When: 20 Feb 15 11:56
the Beverley Cheltenham preview evening is confirmed for march the 4th, start 7-30 pm at the conservative club Beverley. 
tickets £15 include food and a raffle in aid of the house that jack built. 
d cook nh jockey 
m dwyer ex nh jockey now pinhooker 
d owen commentator   
g topham commentator   
tickets from ken brooke 01964-551335
When: 20 Feb 15 13:10
when is the betfair preview night?
When: 20 Feb 15 16:59
Cheers Ash Happy
When: 21 Feb 15 10:13
At the Goat preview night with


Bryan Cooper
Katie Walsh
Jim Culloty
Kevin O'Ryan
Rob from Paddy Power.


Bryan thinks TellUsMore would be suited by Supreme but can't be sure if runs in Supreme or Neptune. Got racing too early LTO.
Alpha Des Obeaux is very well thought of said Bryan, thought he had serious chance the last day and Ruby came doing half speed on Douvan.
Katie says Douvan is quite lazy and relaxed and that's what you need. Absolute moral, can't see him beat. Clear he's a machine.
Kevin says Henry DB said to him thought Sizing John was very good when beaten by Douvan. Post race said either were average or he's machine
Jim says L'ami worth a mention. Will improve for better ground and respected. Worry if Douvan misses any beat along the way.
Rob from Paddy Power saying Tuesday the 10th could be the worst day in the history of Paddy Power.
Willie not one to hype a horse and he finished his media day by saying Douvan is a machine - Rob


Bryan says race tailor made for Outlander. Bumper form rock solid & good the last day. But impressed with Nichols Canyon too.
Bryan reports Robbie said if Windsor Park turned up in the Albert Bartlett that he'd win.
Bryan more excited to ride Tell Us More than Outlander. David Casey best judge in Willie's and couldn't believe was beaten LTO.
Katie says can't forget Shaneshill wherever he goes. She would have Shaneshill over Nichols Canyon any day of the week.
Katie saying Ruby has a lot of huge decisions to make with a bunch of magnificent novices, and that he will definitely be wrong with a few.
Ruby isn't lying when says he doesn't know who he'll ride in everything says Katie. Literally all depends on last piece of work.
Katie has ridden every novice of Willie's and the best horse of them all is Douvan.
Shaneshill is as tough as honours maths and great bet for the Neptune - Katie
Jim reckons at a the run race at Cheltenham Windsor Park can reverse form with Nichols Canyon, and the bet for him.

Albert Bartlett

Bryan says No More Heroes 'a bit special' '. Said there was no life in him the last day, knew going down was off.
Bryan will be sitting on NMH on Friday morning and will see how that goes and go from there. Barry G also reported that he was 'special'.
Bryan has respect for Black Hercules as he came second in the Champion Bumper. Apparently he's not up on bumper horse #Banter
Jim Says three mile hurdles are for slow horses that will go all day long. Martello Tower is the one that will relish it.
Katie says Black Hercules is a big beast of thing, will be much better over fences. Not as confident in him as Douvan etc. Fancies NMH.
Novice chases coming up. I'm sweating from typing fast and need a pint #Struggles


Katie says UDS as free as the wind. Rider is never in control. He is a nervous horse and gets hot. Hard on himself.
However Katie says UDS has been to France twice and won twice so she isn't so worried about the Arkle.
He's just too fast' - Katie on UDS
Katie says if Vautour was to run she thinks he'd be second to Un de Sceaux. If UDS stands up he's a certainty and he will stand up.
Bryan vey surprised if Clarcam ran this weekend. Has forgiven him for breaking his leg now, electric over fences.
Bryan says if UDS falls which is a high possibility then Clarcam the one to be on. Thought would have won Fred Winter last year if not fall.
Bryan was comfortable behind UDS most the race LTO but when Ruby changes his hands he was just gone. 'He emptied me in two strides'
Jim explaining how he lost the novice hurdle on Best Mate. Was told to track the favourite but that jockey wanted to go backwards #Ssshh
EW bet for Jim is Josses Hill. Value bet but UDS has to fall for him to win.
Kevin keeps it simple - Josses won't get around, UDS wins #KevinKnows


Michael told Bryan he won't leave him sitting in the weighing room while Patrick has a nice ride in the four miler.
Katie - Don Poli is as much a certainty as Douvan. Thinks he will run in the RSA, won't get beat.
Bryan a future career in politics. Won't pick the one ride he's most excited by. (All think he's lying and its Don Poli)
Who wins when it comes to owner and trainer deciding targets? Asked to Bryan. Michael has made it clear to him he says, the owner.
Katie says the faster Coneygree goes, the further Don Poli beats him.

Jim talking to Nichols yesterday. Nichols says Ptit Zig has had his ulcer problems sorted out & Paul maintains that can make for a new horse
Bryan - Disappointed Valseur beaten the last day. Let Paul slip up the outside. Can reverse form next time out but Vautour hard beat.
Katie says Vautour was beat by the time he jumped out at Christmas. Never looked happy. Her fancy is the Tullow Tank at big prices.
Jim has not too many an opinion on these novice races. Not a keen form student, busy feeding Lord Windermere.


Was worried if Petite would stay the last day but she did well. Tough fully and a good ride but Nicky a serious hand in it.
Bryan - None of the Triumph crop this year in the league of Our Conor. Could run it a few times and get a few different results.
Bryan said last years juveniles very average. Didn't think Tiger Roll would win last year & was poor bunch.
Katie reckons Kalkir lacking a gear. Fast pace will suit Peace & Co and one to beat. PP the most suited of Willie's for this year.


The Don ticks all the boxes. It was his own fault that he fell at the festival last year. Ground makes no difference.
There's no such thing as a good thing at Cheltenham but Don Cossack one of the best rides I have - Bryan
Katie - Cue Card is going absolutely nowhere. Don Cossack all the way.
Russell used to tell Jim The Don was only a big frame of a horse. Has filled into that frame now.

Champion Hurdle
Katie - 5/4 Faugheen is ridiculous. What has he beat? Absolutely nothing. Ridiculous price. Wide open race.
Katie doesn't like the New One. Not convinced on this years form, can't have him. Jezki great price at 6/1.
Hurricane without doubt appreciates it softer says Katie. Struggles at a certain point in races now and can't do that in Champion.
Buuuuuut if the heavens opened, her 100 euro would still be on Hurricane Fly. Unbelievable horse.
AP told Bryan at Christmas that he could have gone another furlong and a half at Christmas and he wouldn't have gone by Hurricane Fly.
Jim thinks Cheltenham will suit The New One far better than anything else. Kings Theatre need better ground.
Paddy Power have not laid a cent on Ruby to ride Hurricane Fly. Not a shilling. Will ride Faugheen.

Queen Mother Champion Chase
QMCC - Lay of the meeting for KOR is Sprinter Sacre. Jim can't have him either. No room for emotion here.
Hidden Cyclone great EW bet for Kevin, didn't get home in the RyanAir last year, trotted over the last. Bryan concurs.
For me Sprinter Sacre looked like a f**king greyhound the last day' - Jim C

World Hurdle
Rock on Ruby the pick for both Jim & Katie in the WH, but all very tentative. Wide open race etc etc.
Before Dessie past away Bryan says thy always thought Lieutenant Colonel was one of the best they had had in a long time. Wouldn't get off.
Dedigout will not run at Cheltenham unless there is an absolute downpur.

Gold Cup
Lord Windermere has had no health issues this year which is contrasting to last year says Jim. In front too soon the last day.
Jim was confident he'd finish in the first four last year and that's how he feels again, first four. Obviously would love to win.
Jim says according to vets if you scope 100 horses, 90 of them will have ulcers. Ulcers excuse suspect re Silviniaco. Wants flat track.
Carlingford Lough is a massive improver says Jim. 'We probably all know why but we won't say why. They placed him well we'll say'
Lexus rode a far better race than the Hennessy to Cooper,
Road to Riches picked up again in the last 20 yards after going that quick the whole way. Hope for first three definitely - Bryan
Decision re Foxrock supplementation will not be made until the five day stage, changing every day says Katie.

Other Races

Bumper - Up for Review I think is the horse they all have to beat. Keeps going forever and you've got to stay.
Bryan says Eddie O'Leary has told him that Gigginstown will run one or maybe two in the bumper. Each one as impressive as the next.
Mares - Katie says Annie is great nick and won't come off the bridle.
Edeymi & Bishops Road the handicap guddens for Bryan #WrappingUp

For the record the Up for Review comment was from Katie, as you might have guessed.

Charity Bets

Bryan goes for Don Cossack.
Katie goes for Annie Power.
Jimbo picks Lord Windermere EW
When: 21 Feb 15 10:23
so Douvan is a machine ... yet not one of them is picking him for a charity bet.... hmmm ConfusedConfusedConfused
When: 21 Feb 15 10:28
Barely mention the English horse on these Irish preview nights, according to some on the panel the Irish will win 26 of the 27 races lol!
When: 21 Feb 15 10:37
Duffy, BF said on twitter that they're not having a preview night.  Instead Paul Nicholls will be answering questions on twitter on Monday from 8pm instead.
When: 22 Feb 15 04:32
Cheers chief, that's disappointing, surprised they're not bothering.Sad
When: 22 Feb 15 05:35
21 Feb 15 11:28
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Barely mention the English horse on these Irish preview nights, according to some on the panel the Irish will win 26 of the 27 races lol!
When: 22 Feb 15 09:25
Small preview from Ascot gents

Cheltenham Preview Report 2015 : Ascot 14/2/2015

Ascot Racecourse hosted the first Cheltenham Festival Preview of 2015 in the Horsewalk Inn after racing on 14 February.

The Panel consisted of:

Oli Bell - Chair

Paul Nicholls ( PN)

Aidan Coleman ( AC)

Barry Orr ( BO)

Champion Hurdle

BO: Reckons Ruby Walsh will definitely ride Faugheen, and will leave The Fly. Kitten Rock winner in Ireland today has had support for the Champion Hurdle

AC/PN: Nicholls & Coleman big Faugheen fans too, Nicholls can't touch The New One.

BO : When panel asked for any big priced choices Barry goes back to Kitten Rock again.

Champion Chase

AC: Sprinter Sacre ran well at Ascot. Some are being unfair to him.

PN : Dodging Bullets has gone under the radar. He is in the form of his life having won the Tingle Creek and Clarence House Chase.He has not been great in the spring before, but we have adapted his training slightly. To me he deserves to be favourite. It should not be done on sentiment but on form and that is my view.

PN : I think Mr Mole will run a big race. He dotted up last week after being left 15 lengths at the start. He has won four races on the trot and won ones that Master Minded did. I always thought he was good but it has taken a bit of convincing. AP (McCoy) didn't really like him at first but he has got confidence with him now and is on a roll. I think he has the more natural ability, whereas Dodging Bullets is the more hardened and tougher horse.

BO: Champagne Fever won today & could drop back to the Champion Chase, likes Cheltenham. Simply Ned a longer-priced option.

World Hurdle

PN: Can't give More Of That any chance for World Hurdle and doesn't fear Annie Power either - both had interrupted campaigns . He thinks Zarkandar should be favourite. He has solid form and and he probably should have won at Ascot before Christmas when he pulled up in front. The more competitive race will suit him and he had a racecourse gallop at Wincanton on Wednesday and it was the best he had seen him for a long time.

Saphir Du Rheu is improving, but in my mind Zarkandar is a bit more battle-hardened and experienced and I feel that Rock On Ruby will give him a good lead into the race so he doesn't have to get there too soon.

AC: Saphir Du Rheu for him, won well last time, showed a lot of courage & beat a high class field

BO: Lieutenant Colonel is best staying hurdler in Ireland, but look also at Monksland & Jetson.

Gold Cup

PN: have no worries that Silviniaco Conti acts around Cheltenham, as he was travelling when he fell in the race two years ago."He had a few little mishaps training, but he is much more assured now. His last two wins have been two of the best performances of his career and he had a nice racecourse gallop with Sam Winner on Wednesday. On form he is the one to beat.

Sam Winner is the main danger ! He is in good form and loves it around Cheltenham and he needs to be fresh, which he will be. He is the sort of horse that could run into a place at a big price.

BO: Silviniaco Conti is a worthy fav, but Road To Riches the Irish threat

AC: Aidan wouldn't run the novice Coneygree in the Gold Cup, it is a big jump up. 12-1 for Gold Cup, but would be nearly favourite for RSA

All tip Silviniaco Conti to win, Road To Riches & Hollywell get shouts as alternative options

Other Races/ Horses

BO:Katie T - only NH horse trained by Kevin Prendergast, watch out!

PN : Current Event, Foxhunters and Southern Theatre in RSA - has been the target since September, the RSA will really suit him
When: 23 Feb 15 13:53
Basically, Nicholl's thinks all of his should be fav. and all his others are the dangers to his favs.Grin
Fallen Angel
When: 23 Feb 15 13:58
lol he doesn't ever give you a true assessment. I prefer WM's approach in not going overboard. With PN it always feels more propaganda aimed at the the owners rather than assessment based on the form of others. The fact that he tips one of his own as an outsider to follow really bugs me, surely he watches racing and has seen something else somewhere that he likes.
When: 23 Feb 15 14:18
It's all balls.

A few quid for charity - why not?

A pie and a pint and a bit of anticipation of the main event - fair enough?

A winner finding exercise - absolutely not!

It's grown up into a little cottage industry now with everywhere from the Shetland Islands to Vanuatu having their own Cheltenham Preview Evenings.

You'll get more racing knowledge and breadth of coverage (do they EVER bother with the handicaps after everyone says 'Faugheen is a machine' in 89 different ways?) in here than you will at one of these efforts.
When: 25 Feb 15 13:23
My favourite preview evening is the one in the Royal Oak at Prestbury on the night before the festival.

It starts at 8pm and at 7.50 all the lemmings disappear into the back room for their feed of verbal diarrhea.

It means that those of us left behind can actually get to the bar and have an enjoyable, relaxing, stress free evening.
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