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07 Jan 15 18:07
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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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Report ZEALOT January 7, 2015 8:44 PM GMT
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 .
Report Joist January 7, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
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.
Report The RealDeal January 7, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
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?
Report onehundredandeighty January 17, 2015 6:33 AM GMT
This one Shocked
Report traveltips January 17, 2015 9:36 AM GMT
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.
Report Joist January 17, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
Will be in attendance in Leeds and very much looking forward to it. Happy
Report jasey January 17, 2015 7:41 PM GMT
That looks a cracker.
Its 10 quid at midlands one and get diddly
Report DHB January 18, 2015 1:19 AM GMT
Newcastle's was good last year. March 3rd this year.
Hosted by Gordon Brown (the other one).
Report onehundredandeighty January 18, 2015 6:18 AM GMT
Sometimes a small one in beverley,anyone know please?'ll probs know Cool
Report chelters16 January 22, 2015 12:21 PM GMT
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.
Report Gordon63 January 26, 2015 8:33 PM GMT
many listed here - Hamilton on 6th march so mad rush from ayr races just like last year!
Report Lairy Mary January 27, 2015 12:15 PM GMT
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
Report Steamship January 28, 2015 7:29 PM GMT
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
Report onehundredandeighty January 28, 2015 7:51 PM GMT
Ta.Let us know if you hear anything Happy
Report Lairy Mary January 29, 2015 1:24 PM GMT
Taunton Preview Evening tickets now available online
Report Howdi January 29, 2015 1:47 PM GMT
What would you call your Preview evening steamship?
Report Lairy Mary February 4, 2015 2:40 PM GMT
Report Long Shadow February 4, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
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
Report marychain1 February 4, 2015 11:01 PM GMT
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.
Report Greg_Gory February 7, 2015 8:56 AM GMT
didnt see this sorry Blush
Report ashleigh February 10, 2015 9:16 AM GMT
the Cheltenham preview evening in Beverley this year is at the conservative club march the 4th at 7-30 pm. panel to be confirmed.
Report onehundredandeighty February 10, 2015 12:34 PM GMT
Cheers ashleigh Happy
Report abbott February 15, 2015 10:04 PM GMT
Good stuff Gordon, get a few winners at Ayr this year and thats more money for the bar at the preview :)
Report onehundredandeighty February 17, 2015 12:44 PM GMT
Anymore news on the Beverley one Ash,no bugger seems to know anything about it?
Report Phil@NRC February 17, 2015 10:31 PM GMT

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
Report ashleigh February 20, 2015 12:56 PM GMT
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
Report duffy February 20, 2015 2:10 PM GMT
when is the betfair preview night?
Report onehundredandeighty February 20, 2015 5:59 PM GMT
Cheers Ash Happy
Report jonthehammer12 February 21, 2015 11:13 AM GMT
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
Report Ming_the_Merciless February 21, 2015 11:23 AM GMT
so Douvan is a machine ... yet not one of them is picking him for a charity bet.... hmmm ConfusedConfusedConfused
Report sc1883 February 21, 2015 11:28 AM GMT
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!
Report wellchief February 21, 2015 11:37 AM GMT
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.
Report duffy February 22, 2015 5:32 AM GMT
Cheers chief, that's disappointing, surprised they're not bothering.Sad
Report DECALEC February 22, 2015 6:35 AM GMT
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!
Report jonthehammer12 February 22, 2015 10:25 AM GMT
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
Report duffy February 23, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
Basically, Nicholl's thinks all of his should be fav. and all his others are the dangers to his favs.Grin
Report Fallen Angel February 23, 2015 2:58 PM GMT
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.
Report rogerthebutler February 23, 2015 3:18 PM GMT
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.
Report loper February 25, 2015 2:23 PM GMT
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.
Report cufcno1 February 26, 2015 1:37 AM GMT
Loper it's at Cheltenham football ground this year,was great last year,dicky Johnston and davy russell were great value !
Report jonthehammer12 March 2, 2015 6:27 AM GMT

Johnny Burke (JB), Paul Carberry (PC), Gavin Lynch (GL), Johnny Ward (JW), Kevin Blake (KB), Sean Boyce (SB), Graham Rossiter (GR) of Starsports

KB. Douvan is going to be very short for a horse that has been training quite light. Apparently they struggle to keep condition on him. Rick concerned that he has been on the go a long time. Fan of the horse but wont back him at 7/4. Having said all that, Willie sees no flaws in the horse.
JW - Willie says its "as nice a horse as we have ever sent to Cheltenham". A lovely big horse that settles very well. Hurricane Fly's lass says this is as nice a horse as the Fly. An Arkle winner next year
PC - The fav is very good, a big scopey horse, but wondering if this is a bit quick for him this year? Horses this size normally take a good year to grow up and settle into the job properly.
GL - Willies team are very bullish, but worries that he has not won left handed yet
JB - We tried to take on Douvan at Gowran - he is exceptional. Sizing John was much better at Leop (ran a bit dead at Gowran) though and has a sporting chance. Looking forward to the rematch.
SB -Points out that this is not a great race for favourites over the years.
GR - Hendersons like L'Ami Serge a lot, and expect improvement on better ground.

JB. Un De Sceaux is a freak. He has vever went so fast in a chase as he dis against him last time. Can't be beaten.
PC. UDS is a machine - took him on with Foildubh, but had to stop him to a trot to get some air. Made Clarcam look like a handicapper - only a fall will stop him.
KB. Willie is not worried about the ground at all - this is "bar a fall" stuff.
GL. This will be the most exciting 4 mins you will have in 2015 (speak for yourself...SB). Didn't run last year to give the Fly a chance. Most exciting jumper since Carvills Hill. You can keep your Frankels and the rest - this is racing. Everyone else riding theirs for 2nd.
JW. Smashing is a really good EW bet at about 33/1. Josses Hill is a horrible jumper
GR. Court Minstrel travels well and could finish 2nd or 3rd

Champion Hurdle.
KB. Faughen is a stupid price. You can pick holes in his form all day long. He has never been properly tested and is not a slick jumper. Jessie was delighted last year that AP was required elsewhere and Barry could ride Jezki. Jezki is rock solid EW, not at all worried about the prep. Plinth made an arse of the front running last time.
JW. I was offered a leg in Faugheen one night at the dogs (locally bred in Galway). All the family were duds, and this is the beauty of NH racing. will be 7/4 on the Tuesday.
PC. Faugheen is hard to oppose. Artic Fire has a squeek and may be 2nd. AP set it up for the Fly last twice on Jezki.
GL. Faugheen is 8/8 and was brilliant at Leop last year. Dan Skelton saddled him at Ascot and reckoned he was the fattest horse he ever saddled. Ruby was embarrassed by his size at Kempton. The New One only beat Diakali about a neck at Aintree, and he is kept away from the good horses at Willies in case they pick up "a dose of the slows". Faugheen wins 6L. Artic Fire the EW bet as both the ground and the track will suit.
PC. Annie looks a fair machine, will be very hard to beat if she runs here.
JW. AP was wearing a hood in her work last time at Willies. She is not quite straightforward but is vastly superior to Quevaga! She is buzzy at home so wait until the day to make sure she is in one piece.
KB. Annie is an absolute good thing. She is easier to train that Quevega, she never actually got injured but was rested as the felt there was one coming on. Put in all your doubles, trebles etc.
GL. AP is working very well and will be 4/5 on the day. Se has a stone in hand on ratings. Glens Melody w/o is the bet at 7/4 off Skybet, except they won't take a fiver off ya!

Best Bets and other Day 1 stuff...
KB. Jezki EW
JW. Douvan is the best bet. Very Wood or Wounded Warrior in the 4miler, whichever goes there.
PC. Wounded Warrior in the RSA, Very Wood in the 4 miler. Actually both should run in the 4miler rather than take on Don Poli. UDS will win also.
GL. Faugheen. the Young Master in the 4miler if he runs. Only has Meades horses to beat and going left handed will suit
JB. Smashing EW
GR. Generous Ransom in the Novice Chase. Is ahead of the handicapper

JW. Nichols Canyon has a horrible leg action but loved what he did at Leops last time. Outlander may be better value though.
KB. NC looks like he is doing the breaststroke, the action is a big worry on good ground. However, he has won two G1s and settled much better last time. Willie says he won't front run at Chelt and should stay. Tell us More is working much better inn the last week also.
GL. Willie has won this 3 times in the last 7 years, yet NC has a low profile for some reason. This is probably because he is not a flash work horse, but he is honest and will stay. Only 3 count in this - Outlander, NC and Windsor Park (not off a yard last time). Reckons that NC would bite you if you tried to pass him.
SB. Prefers Outlander to NC
PC. Impressed with NC last time, but when he asked Ruby about him and compared him a bit to the Fly, Ruby said "he's no Hurricane Fly".
GR. Not a fan of NC on good ground. John Gosden kept him to soft ground for a reason.
JB. An Outlander fan. Windsor Park has not tried this year though. Mentioned Beast of Burden but PC said he choked when he rode him in a bumper so unless he got his wind done...

SB. Coneygree looks like going to the Gold Cup
GL. Would love to back Don Poli for next years Gold Cup - fine big 3m chaser. Worried he has only ran over fences twice though. Should win and could be only 7/4 on the day. Kings Palace has been in more small fields than a farmer in Clare and is not a good enough jumper for Cheltenham. Should be a million.
GR. Big Don Poli fan, a great run as a 5yo last year.
PC. Kings Palace will really struggle to get past DP. Apache Stronghold didn't get home against DP.
JW. Ruby said after Gowran he should run in the 4miler. If he runs here though 7/2 is a massive price, he is flawless. A lump on job. (Note: JW is enjoying his Guinness by this stage.)
JB. The only competition here to DP is Coneygree if he rund, a joy to watch. Would love to ride him over a fence.

Champion Chase.
JB. Barry thinks SS is bombing it again. Just got tired last time and not knocked about.
PC. Not really impressed with SS last time. Middle part of the race good but not the start or end. Can't have a horse that burst for a CChase.
GL. SS has had more heart palpatations than JW on a saturday night in Coppers - not going to do it. Was all over Champagne Fever but gone off him in favour of Sire De Grugy. Still getting over last years Arkle. A bad Tingle Creek so not keen on Dodging Bullets.
KB. Didn't like SS last time - Barry was afraid to put him under any pressure. A big hole in him now. 3 races quickly might catch up on SDG. CF a solid EW bet.
Day 2 best bets...
GR. 7/2 Don Poli an incredible bet
JB. Coneygree if he runs
PC. Outlander in the Neptune
GL. Nichols Canyon. Zarin in the Fred Winter off 133. 3rd to Peace and Co. Hostile Fire in the same race - not overly tried yet
JW. Don Poli is the bet of the week
KB. Don Poli
SB. All Yours in the Fred Winter if he runs

PC. Rides out Apache Stronghold every day. Hard to beat if at his best on the day. the hill will help him. Works with Road to Riches. All Noels horse are in good health and great form.
KB. Vautour is one of the hype horses of the week. Dosen't like the way he jumps. Big fan of AS.
JW. Vautour was flawless at Navan, but jumped terrible the next time. Willie is sure he can jump better. Has lost his "wow" for Vautour.
GL. Will only bet in running depending how Vautour and Apache Stronghold settle early on.
GR. They are not seeing any money for Vautour yet. Between AS and Valseur Lido
JB. Vautour only ok the last day. Also between AS and Valseur Lido

GR. All of Johns Sprit's wins have been on the old course, and he is 0/3 on the new course
KB. Don Cossack is a funny horse, a big massive scopey horse and has finally started to finish his races well. Does nothing in front though so the pace of the race should help.
JW. Saw DC up the north, a tank of a horse. Very taken by him. 7/2 is skimpy enough though, could be 5s on the day.
GL. Likes Ballynagour EW. Easiest winner at Cheltenham last year, travels great. Needs a big break between races though. If Tom Scu can stay on board he is a decent ew bet.
SB. Points out that Ireland are 0/10 in this race. Massive fan of MA Filleule, who comes alive in the spring
GR. Getting 6lb makes MF a cert in his eyes
JB. DC has finally got his act together. Certain he would have beaten Champagne Fever last time. Balder Success a good EW bet though.

Stayers Hurdle.
SB. Remember this is being run on a different course now!
GL. Not having a bet, could pick 5 and get it wrong. Annie Power should run here and she would win it.
KB. Have a swing at a big price on Jetson at about 20/1 (cue slagging from JW about coming all the way to Ballygar and giving the working punters Jetson. Jetson is a rat of a horse!)
JW. Likes Monksland EW. jumped very well in the Galmoy, and the rest are much of a muchness.
PC. Monksland has been a nightmare to keep sound, has legs like glass. Worked well at Fairyhouse last week. Hates sticky ground. Has a real good chance. Let slip that Rich Coast worked well with Monksland and Road to Riches and he rode him in the work. Runs in the County.
JB. Rode work upsides Lieutenant Colonel about 10 days ago and he is in very good form.
SB. Saphir Du Rheu wins this. Zarkandar a doubtful stayer.

Day 3 Naps..
KB. Jetson EW
JW. Apache Stronghold
GL. Edeymi and Light Duties in the Pertemps
PC. Que Card in the Ryanair. Loves AS but won't tip him
JB. Lieutenant Colonel based on his work.
GR. MA Filleule, almost unfair that she gets 6lb.
GB. Saphir Du Rheu in the stayers.

GR. Peace and Co is rock solid. Very strong vibes from Nicky. They think its a machine. Hargam will travel as well as anything so maybe back to lay on Betfair.
GL. You can't win the Triumph on the bridle, and Willies horses are all stayers. Kalkir has not been right to date, and is interesting at the price. This is 2m1 up a steep hill. You need to stay.
KB. Not a fan of PandC, too freegoing to win a Triumph. Dicosimo a real big chasing type so this won't suit.
JW. PandC as the Irish lot aren't very good. He will be swinging coming into the straight and there is no faulting his attitude. Beltor is a good honest hurdler and will give you an EW run for your money.
PC. You need to stay 1m4 to 1m6 on the flat to win a Triumph - stayers win this race. No need for a bet here.
JB. Golden Doyen EW at a big price.

Albert Bartlett.
JW. Black Hercules was the hype horse in last years bumper but didn't do the business. No More Heroes is a nice bet for this race - the apple of Gordon Elliots eye.
GR. Value At Risk has a definite chance, the horses only entry and he gallops all day.
GL. BH will take a lot of beating, lots of talk about him in Willies.
JB. VAR is a great bet at 10s
KB. No More Heros - things went wrong at Leop and he scoped very badly afterwards (4/5). They think he is a Gold Cup horse.
PC. NMH schooled at punch recently and they told him his bottle had gone jumping wise. Windsor Park schooled the same session and he won it on Waxies Dargle!

Gold Cup.
GL. This was a poor race last year, and it seems winning a handicap gives you a good chance this year too. Silviniaco Conti is 0/3 at Chelt. Djakadam worth a small EW bet.
JB. There are no negatives about Road To Riches. Lord Windemere was gifted the Gold Cup last year.
PC. Last year was the slowest Gold Cup he has ever ridden in.
KB. Very wide open, and better than last year. Happy to take on SC - he was wobbling like JW after 4 Bacardi Breezers up the hill last year - won't get home. Djakadam may have the X Factor the rest don't have. Fat as a pig in the Hennesy, and won at Gowran when not fit either off top weight. Shocked if Ruby won't ride him. May fail through inexperience but price worth it.
PC. R2R won the Galway Palte well, and will be better going left handed. Should love the ground. No negatives against him. Had desperate ulcers for a long while but that is sorted now. Still improving.
SB. Very keen on R2R.

25e Charity Bets...
KB. Djakadam
JW. Don Poli
GL. Roi Des Francs in the Martin Pipe, only been with Willie a few months
PC. Rich Coast in the County (after some badgering earlier)
JB. Value At Risk in the AB
GR. Monksland in the Stayers
SB. Some Plan in the Supreme
Report festivalfanatic March 2, 2015 8:34 AM GMT
Well done jth....thank you.
Report jonthehammer12 March 2, 2015 9:35 PM GMT
no worries fella, got a few more on my pc at work.
Need to get them on here :)
Report Patsy02 March 2, 2015 10:34 PM GMT
great stuff Ballygar, thanks
Report Patsy02 March 2, 2015 10:36 PM GMT
Great stuff Jonthehammer12
Report M13 March 2, 2015 11:21 PM GMT
Very big thanks to the write ups J.T.H. and Ballygar. Going to Fallowfield/Manchester with Jamie Lynch et al tomorrow, so will record on phone/take notes and post on here, Wednesday ?  when sober Haha.

Best of luck to everyone.

Drunken Smiley Face
Report marychain1 March 3, 2015 12:36 AM GMT
I went to the Aintree one tonight. I did a full on write up last year, but I'm not going to do that this year. I daresay someone else will but the panel was

Charlie Longsdon
Ben Pauling
John Parrott
Andy Holding (speed)
John Morris
compered by Darren Owen

I'm not going to go into who fanccied what for each race but if anyone wants to know a particular horse or race and I've got it I'll let you know. the things that came over loud and strong are what I'll put up.

Pauling thinks Ferguson is training his horses as proper jumps horses now instead of flat animals and thinks he could have a blinder of a week. Mentioned this with regards to Qewy but thinks he could outrun his perceived chances. Most of the panel hate Josses Hill in the Arkle and think it shouldn't be going there. Panel were split for the Champion between TNO, Jezki & Faugheen but Pauling says O'Grady wouldn't be shouting about Kitten Rock if it was a mug.

Panel liked Parlour Games for the Neptune, strongly. Longsdon & Holding very keen. Beast of Burden an each way shout. For the RSA Holding could not have been more positive about Don Poli. By the speed figures alone it wins by miles. Banker of the week. If Coneygree runs - good - it only sets it up for Don Poli. Panel looking forward to the QMCC but no-one and strong feelings. A watch but don't bet race but all fairly dismissive of Dodging Bullets and Mr Mole.

Morris' NAP of the week is Don Cossack in the Ryanair. Beneficcient and Radjhani Express got positive each way shouts although as the latter was by me don't back that. The World Hurdle was weird: Longsdon & Parrott both talked up Whisper. Pauling said Hendo was "banging on about" Blue Fashion and (rightly?) asked "Why?" if Whisper is all that? Holding says you could do worse than back Monksland an/or Jetson ew.

My notes get less thorough as we get towards Friday for some reason, but the most emphatic I heard anyone all night was Pauling's empassioned case for Coneygree in the Gold Cup. Longsden, Parrot and Morris all fancy Holywell, which should be enough to get that one beat. The panel didn't add a lotto the Triumph or Potato races.

Longsdon reckons Pendra must have a chance in the festival chase. That's about it. We legged it for our train before the charity bets but as Parrot has napped Quevega every year I'm fairly sure his would have been Annie Power. In some of the races where I hadn't looked at them or made my mind up it probably helped. I am definitely more likely to back Coneygree than before for the big one, and as I had haven't got involved in the Neptune yet I will have a proper look at Parlour Games after the panel's endorsement.

Good laugh & wets the appetite. And I won £30 Laddies vouchers in the raffle.
Report jonthehammer12 March 3, 2015 6:17 AM GMT

Kicking off with a video montage of some of Rich Ricci's best horses. Could be a while...
Matt adjusting the light so Rich doesn't have to wear the sunglasses!
Sam: 'if you don't have a winner at Cheltenham, it's almost like your season hasn't been great'
Sam: 'The whole Big Buck's thing made me the jockey I am. I know how to deal with defeat'
Matt asks about 'mollycoddling' horses to get them right for Cheltenham. RR admits this year more than ever has been Cheltenham-geared.
How much do you control Willie and how much does he control you?' RR says he is active in planning and will argue, but Willie makes call.
He recognises the need to let Willie do what he's paid to do. Rare that RR and Willie would fall out.

Starting with novice hurdles. All aboard the Douvan train...
RR on Douvan: Willie's bullish. He's got a huge future, hopefully as a chaser. He's been on the go a while. We have a lot of confidence.
He goes with a good chance. RR reckons the Supreme is a weaker race than the Neptune this year.
Douvan difficult to get off the bridle at home but RR points out the last time we heard these things was Pont Alexandre, who Sam beat!
Sam says Nicholls doesn't look like having a novice hurdler. Has been trying to sweeten John Ferguson to get the Qewy ride!
All in agreement that Douvan will be a bigger price on the day.

Onto the Neptune. Rich and Sam have nowt in it. Rich reckons Tell Us More runs in it. Nichols Canyon wouldn't be his choice.

Albert Bartlett. RR would reroute his horse (Arbre) to avoid Black Hercules! Reckons he'll be very hard to beat.
Sam happy with how Blaklion will handle the big occasion but 'whether he's up to that class remains to be seen'. Seems content though.
Sam says Blaklion is 'awfully ordinary' at home but comes alive at the races. Getting better and better with racing.

Triumph Hurdle. RR: Kalkir frustrating. Missed work before Christmas race. Another niggle before Spring Juvenile, ran a good race.
Hard to split Kalkir and Dicosimo. Not sure who Ruby will ride.
Ricci says given work at home, Kalkir would appear the better. Dicosimo thin back end, but good turn of foot. Both big chance.

Arkle. Sam declares his Cheltenham ride on Vibrato Valtat 'one of the most awful rides you'll see'.
Agreement that Vibrato Valtat gets the perfect scenario with UDS bowling along in front. But how much rope to give him?
If Vautour was not in the same yard as UDS, does he run in the Arkle?' RR: I don't think so. Ruby thinks he's a Gold Cup horse.
A shudder around the room (including in this seat) as Ricci mentions Champagne Fever getting nutted in last year's Arkle.

Question from Will on here about Vroum Vroum Mag in the four miler. 'If you run in that race, that's it for the season. She's only five'
Big one! RR doesn't think Vroum Vroum Mag runs at festival. Heading to Limerick just after. Could be a champion chase horse some day.

Sam very sweet on Southfield Theatre in RSA on better ground.
RR fairly confident Don Poli runs in the RSA and that Patrick Mullins will ride Perfect Gentleman in the four miler.

JLT. Sam says you couldn't get Ptit Zig to make a mistake at home. Once out of novice company, paid for mistake but HAS learned from it.
Sam respects Vautour and says you have to forgive one mistake.
RR on Vautour: 'our horses all being geared towards festival. A lot of confidence. Anyone who saw him on Saturday would be impressed.'
RR says it's 'highly highly highly likely Annie Power runs in the Mares hurdle' In answer to @mwilliams10282's question.
Matt asks for a show of hands of who wanted Annie in the Champion last year. Everyone raises hands. Nobody raises for World Hurdle.

Handicaps. RR says Arbre De Vie has great chance in Coral Cup. Dogora may run in the Cross Country!
RR best handicap bets are Arbre and maybe Max Dynamite. Matt is aghast at Max Dynamite tip.
Audience member asks for dark horse outside of panel involvement. Sam tips Thomas Crapper.
Ricci reckons Tony Martin always dangerous in big handicaps.

Of Ricci's four Day One hotpots, who's he least confident of? Faugheen.
Ricci asked about Vautour v Douvan. Vautour has the form in the book.
Audience member asks if Annie will 'have her day in the sun' (taking on lads) Ricci says likely target after Cheltenham is Aintree Hurdle.
After this he hopes she will take on the boys at Punchestown.
A break for half time. I'm going to the jacks. Want me to live tweet that too, do ya?
I treat myself to a beer for the second half, as Sam Twiston Davies plays Angry Birds waiting for the restart.

Bumper. Ricci describes Au Quart De Tour as an enigma. Willie wants to run all 8 of his stables, RR has 5. Ricci only wants to run 3 of his
Bordini his best bet but Au Quart De Tour 'could be anything'. Sam has no ride in it and says he'll take one of Rich Ricci's!

We're going chasing. Ricci reckons Champagne Fever goes in Champion Chase despite Ryanair being the 'obvious race' for him.
Will Champagne Fever be held up or front running? RR reckons Special Tiara will give CF a tow into the race. Doesn't have to front run.
Chapman describes Ch Fever's Cheltenham record and asks Sam what Dodging Bullets has done at Cheltenham.
Sam quite confident and diplomatic and says Frankie Dettoti couldn't believe his eyes when he visited Dodging Bullets last week.
Sam says Geraghty is quite poker faced in the weighing room about Sprinter Sacre, but Jamie Moore sweet on Sire De Grugy.
Rich Ricci reckons all the good vibes about Sprinter Sacre are to 'scare us all off'.
Sam says he couldn't believe how settled Sprinter Sacre was after so long off. Should have been keener.

Ryanair. Ballycasey? RR says he scoped badly after Ascot. Probably runs and hopes he runs a good race. Describes him 'very frustrating'.
Sam says Wonderful Charm goes in Ryanair and is in good form but seems more hopeful than confident.

Right, time for the Champion Hurdle! Faugheen v The New One! Ricci v Sam!
If Ruby ditches one of your runners, do you then think you've no chance?' RR would be disappointed, but understands Ruby delaying decision
Ooh! Ricci says 'Faugheen is working very well' and has a glint in his eye.
RR: 'it's Ruby's decision, not mine. He's not my retained jockey.' Says IF Ruby doesn't ride Faugheen, Paul Townend would.
Oof! Rich Ricci: 'No disrespect to the rivals, but I think Faugheen will win no matter who rides'
Sam on The New One: devastated after last year, and hopes they didn't leave it behind then. Loves the horse and wouldn't swap him.
Ricci: We shouldn't diss Hurricane Fly. Look at his record. But the stats are against him. It's a great Champion Hurdle.
Would Faugheen have met Hurricane Fly by now if he was trained by Noel Meade?' Rich Ricci gives an emphatic, one word answer: yes.
Ricci says he IS a little bit worried that Faugheen hasn't had a run in 2015. But managing between trainer/owner is 'give and take'.
Rich is happy to 'take' every so often if that's what it takes for the success they've achieved together.
Both Sam and Ricci grimace at Faugheen's price of 5/4.
Sam says Jezki is the one who would major benefit from a pacemaker. He can't predict how the race will be run.
Ricci says Faugheen can make the running if needs be.

World Hurdle. Nicholls told Sam that he'd get loads of improvement from Saphir, that helped make his mind up.
Ricci says he doesn't think Pont Alexandre will make Cheltenham then jokes that Zaidpour wins the World Hurdle easily.
Ricci reckons Annie would have a great chance if not only on seasonal reappearance, will be too keen for the World Hurdle.
Ricci says Faugheen's Neptune win was extraordinary. The way he kicked hurdles out of the ground and still won easily.
Ricci says himself and the Mullins crew sat around and really debated who of Vautour and Faugheen would stay hurdling!
Ricci asked who he would like to own, of those he doesn't. He says Un De Sceaux and Silviniaco Conti.
The panel are asked who would be their ONE banker. Ricci says confidently Annie Power. The rest agree. I'm off to get me wheelbarrow lads.

Gold Cup. Sam says Sam Winner 'may lack the class of Silvi' but seems very happy nonetheless. Staying power.
Would it be a massive shock if Conti finished behind Sam Winner? Sam: no. He's got loads of good form.
Djakadam. Ricci absolutely loves him. He says he's been 'unusually unabashed' in his admiration for him.
Ricci thought Djakadam was fat for his Thyestes win. Thinks he's got a great chance. Really quite bullish on this one.
On Silviniaco Conti, Ricci points out how only one horse has won the Gold Cup on a third attempt, but he's still the one to beat.
Overheard Rich Ricci and Sam chatting. Caught Ricci saying 'I like your Dad'!
Onto audience questions. Sam says if The New One wasn't in it, and given the choice, he'd ride Faugheen.
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Paddy asks Sam if he wins the Champion Hurdle, will he go out celebrating? 'You can't'
One audience members asks Rich Ricci to give Matt Chapman the number of his tailor!
Panel asked if they can have just ONE winner at Cheltenham, who? (Want, not think) Ricci says Djakadam. Sam says The New One.
RR and Sam maintain eye contact, holding hands. They embrace. Ricci declares he's finally found a retained jockey. Just joking.
Ricci says he chose National Hunt over flat because NH is about winning, flat is about money.
A man just fell off his chair and took at least 15 seconds to rise again. But rise he did.
Ricci asked about his most disappointing horse. Mikael D'Haguenet, he says. Did I spell that right?

Charity bets for Injured Jockeys Fund!
Sam: Annie Power
Rich Ricci: Djakadam (!)
Matt: Douvan
Paddy: Douvan

A final round of applause. Brilliant panel. Chapman asking right questions. Ricci brilliantly candid. Sam just impossibly nice.
Charlie Austin's come along and nominates Shaneshill as his charity bet
Report ClayDavis March 3, 2015 8:05 AM GMT
MC, did Longsdon mention anything other than Pendra for handicaps? Quite interested in Kilalla Quay
Report wellchief March 3, 2015 8:22 AM GMT
AP came down the other day to school him and he said he was really happy with how he went. I think he mentioned first time cheekpieces (a few of his will wear them) and expects a big run, but don't think he nominated a race. He's hopefully AP will ride.
Report Can't Catch Me March 3, 2015 8:26 AM GMT
Thought you mentioned the Novices Handicap on the other thread mate?
Report wellchief March 3, 2015 8:30 AM GMT
Sorry was talking about Pendra above.
Report wellchief March 3, 2015 8:31 AM GMT
...misread the question (too early!)
Report Can't Catch Me March 3, 2015 8:35 AM GMT
Report Fallen Angel March 3, 2015 12:03 PM GMT
Heading to the star sports preview tonight, looking forward to it
Report bonnie March 3, 2015 12:27 PM GMT
i'm off to a preview this evening, where you going FA ?
Report Fallen Angel March 3, 2015 12:37 PM GMT
@bonnie the one in the london holiday inn over in kensington it think. Opened up a SS account today they kindly gave me £500 on Annie Power at 4/5 NRNB which i thought was v fair. If your going to the london one im dragging the gf along il be in a purple shirt and tie if you wana say hi. The panel looked fairly good!
Report bonnie March 3, 2015 1:16 PM GMT
different venue for me, golf club in essex.

missed out on london night last week due to work
Report alleged22 March 3, 2015 2:40 PM GMT
Willie not one to hype a horse and he finished his media day by saying Douvan is a machine - Rob

Report Can't Catch Me March 3, 2015 2:58 PM GMT
Purple shirt & tie Shocked
Report Fallen Angel March 3, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
lol not a purple tie that would be pretty toxic
Report 1st time poster March 3, 2015 5:18 PM GMT
getting the other half to cheltenham is a result,to a chelt preview night ,respect man,respect Laugh
Report duncan idaho March 3, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
Many thanks to all those that have gone to effort of typing up notes. Much appreciated  Love
Report Fallen Angel March 3, 2015 5:56 PM GMT
she is actually very excited, partly as a result of the free bet for attendence which she has her designs on. I will provide a summary on here of the discussions.
Report 1st time poster March 3, 2015 6:22 PM GMT
did she like the snooker table you booked for valentines, Wink
Report 1st time poster March 3, 2015 6:23 PM GMT
is the couch on any southern panels ?
Report Howdi March 3, 2015 6:26 PM GMT
1st time poster • March 3, 2015 6:22 PM GMT
did she like the snooker table you booked for valentines, WinkLaugh
Report Howdi March 3, 2015 6:27 PM GMT
purple shirt and tie did well to pull any bird , wearing that! are you David Icke.
Report Fallen Angel March 4, 2015 2:43 PM GMT
Notes from last night, this covers the first two days and main races of those days of the meeting. There was a fair bit of chat about horses which were ruled out of Cheltenham that day (Roi Du Mee as an example) which was a shame and not a great deal on the some of the other races.

Champion Hurdle
LH - disappointing performance last time out from Jezki, arguments could be made that he had improved on the first two starts vs HF but last time poor. Can't find a flaw in Faugheen although the price has gone.

Fair bit of discussion on the TNO, feeling was that the fall of OC didn't help lost about 4L but had made the ground up by the top of the hill and then got outpaced again. Panel were fairly keen on Faugheen on the back of Kempton form.

PS made the point that Douvan has improved dramatically on his form in France as had Lami Surge, obviously different training conditions etc and difficult to draw parallels, always difficult to handicap French 5 year olds as they could improve a lot rated Douvan 151 and 154 on the last two runs although would still need to improve to win the last 5 supremes with an OR of 155 required. Not much discussion of the other runners. Qewy was mentioned as one with a lot of potential

General feeling that can't back UDS @ the prices but clearly the most likely winner and everyone seemed to agree he was clearly a standout horse in the race. PS suggested the previous run would have won all of the last 6 arkles bar one (the SS one) Racing post ratings, all of the last 20 Arkles, bar Sprinters. 

Suggestion that should wait for the prices to settle now, might be interesting to see the without UDS market and think about the running of the race pace etc, might be an angle that if VV were to go with UDS and be burned off that might open up other horses to place (potential for Clarcam to pick up the pieces)

Star sports bookmaker thought had to take UDS on at the prices in a Novice chase given his run style, no one particularly impressed with Josses hill and only Three Kingdoms put up as an outsider.

Annie Power doesn't have as much in hand on ORs as previous mares hurdle races and shouldn't be thought of as the next Quevega. Length of abscence seen as being a concern. Polly Peachum given a positive mention last run @ Kempton best ignored, too short for Bitofapuzzel and Carole's spirit both horses need 3m. Star sports happy to lay her for the race and were top priced 4/5 throughout the night.

Champion Chase
Difficult to know where in the scale of OR SS might end up, PS thought acceptable comeback run, others not sure. LH raised the possibility that the shoes for SDG might be an issue as he has a problem when being shoed. Blacksmith expected to go with him to Cheltenham in case of any issues but LH raised this as a potential negative. DB course form not good enough and would still need to improve to win a typical CC. Panel if Mr Mole wins would need to be one of the worst CCs in recent times. Supposedly SS is working well on the gallops. Most saw it as between the first four in the market although concern that Champagne may be re-directed to the Ryanair given the number of non-runners i.e. cue card, dynaste etc.

Was noted as a really strong trends race, the panel seemed to like the chances of Don Poli who was thought of as the best horse in the race, many thought that Conygree could well be sent to the GC although PS thought this was a crazy idea. Looked like it would be a contested pace, LH believed this was a negative for Kings Palace whose jumping is likely to come under pressure. Young Master form was agreed to stack up, strong handicap form better value than small field novice form according to PS.
Report ashleigh March 5, 2015 10:44 AM GMT
was at the preview evening In Beverley last night, panel for and against plus naps as follows.
as a group for, un de sceaux, faugheen,don poli,beast of burden, value at risk, hargam.   

against, the new one,nichols canyon, sprinter sacre, vautour,rock on ruby, silviniaco conti. 
gareth topham  paint the clouds   
chris Dixon   ma filleule   
Darren owen  valseur lido   
Ollie pimlott   don poli 
mark dwyer    Windsor park   
[which ever race they run in]
Report Autocue March 5, 2015 4:27 PM GMT
Do you have any other notes on Mark Dwyer's opinions ashleigh? Great bloke and always worth listening to.
Report ashleigh March 5, 2015 4:55 PM GMT
mark dwyer didn't say a lot, but the jist of it.   
keenest about Windsor park,should run in the Neptune.   
douvan and faugheen should win.   
coneygree should run in the rsa.   
liked apache stronghold for the jlt. 
rock on ruby no chance of staying in the world hurdle.   
picked kalkir for the triumph.   
against silviniaco conti in the gold cup, with lord windermere to follow up.   
hope that helps.
Report onehundredandeighty March 5, 2015 6:36 PM GMT
I never made it in the end ash was there many there?
Report bigH March 5, 2015 7:56 PM GMT
has barry geraghty appeared at any preview evenings yet?

he is usually good for a few strong tips
Report Racingqueen March 5, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
Hes appearing in Cafe en seine in Dublin cc tonight, free entry, updates on betquack twitter feed Wink
Report grade 1 March 6, 2015 11:40 AM GMT
Cafe En Seine Notes

Geraghty tipped Sprinter and Druids Nephew

also mention West Wizard for tomorrow.Mischief
Report almera March 6, 2015 1:38 PM GMT
Does anyone know when the Betfair preview is on? Or if I missed it would anyone have a link?
Report wallis March 6, 2015 2:42 PM GMT
"Geraghty tipped Sprinter and Druids Nephew

also mention West Wizard for tomorrow."

It wouldnt be Cheltenham without Barrys BS Tip for the Saturday that gets stuffed every year.

Im sure someone will remember last years "cert" that he put up.
Report duffy March 6, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
geraghty had a £100 e/w double on Jezki and MOT for his charity bet at one preview last year


they never had one this year.
Report Autocue March 6, 2015 2:55 PM GMT
Thanks ash.
Report wallis March 7, 2015 3:18 PM GMT
What a suprise the BG saturday selection trails home yet again...  Hope everyone was laying this win and place today.

"Geraghty tipped Sprinter and Druids Nephew

also mention West Wizard for tomorrow."

It wouldnt be Cheltenham without Barrys BS Tip for the Saturday that gets stuffed every year.
Report bigH March 10, 2015 7:22 PM GMT
Druids Nephew!!!

Barry Geraghty is not daft
Report wallis March 10, 2015 9:48 PM GMT
Its not his chelt stuff I was talking about , its his yearly "this will win" saturday bet that goes down in flames.  He put Jezki up last year when it won.
Report bigH March 11, 2015 1:42 PM GMT
Davy Russell napped Windsor Park earlier in this thread (fatboy link)
Report Autocue March 22, 2015 10:58 AM GMT
I went to the Hamilton preview evening and out of interest I checked the opinions of the panel against the results. The best performer was Gordon Elliot who phoned in and picked two winners and an each way shot that only narrowly failed to win at a good price. The rest weren't worth listening to as bad opinions (which are worse than no opinion) exceeded good and the best individual haul was two of the well fancied winners. If Gordon was on the panel I'd think about going next year. He was the main draw this year but the flyer said he'd only appear in person if his intended runners made it to the Ayr meeting on the same day. In truth he had no 5 day declarations so I doubt his commitment to traveling to Hamilton.
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