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Cheltenham Preview Evenings 2019

Cheltenham Preview nights now form part of the run-up to the Festival. So many opinions, so little time!

Each year the ROA compiles the most comprehensive list of preview evenings - so if you're organising one, make sure you are listed here by emailing details to - and best of all, it's free to have your event on our page.



Thursday 21 February

Huntingdon Racecourse

Panel: TBC
Tickets: £10


Sunday 24 February

Naas Racecourse

Start: 5pm, after racing
Host: Rob Catterson
Panel: Davy Russell, David Casey, David Jennings, John Mullane (Waterford Legend and Punters' Pal)
Sponsored by: Paddy Power
In aid of: Irish Injured Jockeys Fund

Tuesday 26 February

Larry Tompkin's Cork's Premier Sporting Pub 

Larry Tompskins, Lavvitt's Quay, Cork City
MC: Joe Seward
Panel: JJ SLevin, Charlie Swan, Tony Mullins, John Dineen, Colm O'Connell
In aid of: Crumlin Children's City Hospital
Tickets: €10, and free €5 bet on arrival. Complimantary finger food
Contact: (021) 42721397

Wednesday 27 February

Hereford Racecourse

Start time: 6.45pm, for 7.30 start
MC: Gordy Clarkson
Panel: Richard Johnson, Tom Lacey, Dean Goddard, Melissa Jones
Tickets: £15 including curry buffet

South Dorset Hunt, Dorchester

Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Dorchester DT2 9UA
Start time: 6.30pm for supper, preview begins at 7.30pm
MC: Alice Plunkett
Panel: Richard Hoiles, Harry Fry, Harry Derham
Tickets: £30 to include supper provided by Gordon Sutherland Catering. Pay bar available.
Contact: Emma Worsley, 07721023916 or


Thursday 28 February

Ffos Las Racecourse

MC: Dai Jones
Panel: Tim Vaughan, Sean Bowen, Christian Williams, James Lovell
Tickets: £12.50, includes welcome drink and pie and mash.
Contact: 01554 811092

Kennedys Preview Night

Kennedy's Pub, 30-32 Westland Row, Dublin 2, Ireland
Start: 8pm
Host: Thom Malone 
Panel: Patrick Mullins, Katre Harrington, Johnny Ward, Mark Daveron
In aid of: Injured Jockeys Fund
Tickets: €20 Includes complementary finger food, raffle



Saturday 2 March

Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy Co. Wexford

MC: David Jennings (Racing Post)
Panel: Joseph O’brien, Shark Hanlon, Daryl Jacob, Sean Flanagan and Jamie Codd
Fantastic door prize on the night. Raffle & spot prizes throughout the night also.
Admission: €20.
Proceeds to Cloughbawn GAA club
Contact: Colm 0876268369

Skerries Harps Annual Cheltenham Preview Night

Skerries Harps GAA clubhouse
Start time: Doors open at 8pm, starts 8.30pm
MC:David Coughlan from Irish Daily Star.
Panel: Gary "The Voice" O'Brien from At The Races, David Jennings from The Racing Post, Gavin Cromwell, local trainer and Trainer of leading Chanpion Hurdle fancy Espoir D'Allen, Keith Donoghue, jockey and last but not least the ever popular Rush trainer Ado McGuinness Trainer from Lusk.
Tickets: €10 Contact Cian on 086 070 9793 or Fergal 086 898 4657. A Raffle will also take place on the night.
In aid of: SYSS


Monday March 4

Unibet Cheltenham Festival Livestream

Live Streamed: on and @unibetracing
Hosted: Ed Nicholason
Panel: Nicky Henderson, Jessica Harrington, Nico de Boinville, Paddy brennan, Adrian Heskin and Brett Williams

The Addlestrop Club

Cotswold Club, Chipping Norton, Gloucestershire
Hosted by: Richard Phillips
Panel: Alastair Down, Tom Bellamy, Phil Smith, Simon Clare
Sponsored by: betconnect
Tickets: £20 (includes Lasagne supper, vegetarian option available)
Advance Booking only: 01608 658710,

Tuesday 5 March

Racing Breaks at M Restaurant, London

60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8HP
Doors Open: 6.30pm - 10pm
Panel: Richard Johnson, Luke Tarr (Star Spoirts), Mick Fitzgerald (ITV), Bill Esdaile (City AM)
Tickets: £39 includes Steak, Chips and a beer and £25 Star Sports matching bet
Contact: Olivia at Racing Breaks 020 7157 1576

Newcastle Racecourse

Start time: Doors open at 6pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Panel: Graham Wylie, Brian Ellison, Brian Hughes, Gordon Clarkson, Darren Owen
Tickets: £15 includes sausage and mash.


Wednesday 6 March

Betfair Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening

Royal Oak Room, Emirates Stadium, London
Paul Nicholls, Gordon Elliott, Paul Kealy & Gary O’Brien. Plus guest appearances from Dean Booty, Olly Murphy, & Ruby Walsh via video chat
Cost: N/A (live streamed)

Sky Bet Cheltenham Festival Preview Night

Doncaster Racecourse
Start time: 6.30pm
Panel: Oli Bell, Ed Chamberlin, Waren Greatrex, Michael Shinners
Tickets - £15 per person

Middleton Cheney Sports and Social Club

Astrop Road, Middleton Cheney, Nr Banbury, OX17 2PG
Doors Open: 7pm
Start time: 7.45pm
Panel: Richard Hoiles (ITV), Nicola McGeady (Ladbrokes), Charlie Longsdon (Trainer), Tom Messenger (assistant to Dan Skelton), Paul Jones (At The Races)
Tickets: £10
In aid of: Transplant Sport
Sponsored by: Ladbrokes
Contact: Andrew Hook - 07900 692154, Cheltenham Festival Preview night

Cobbles Bar, Newry, BT34 1BG
Start time: 7.30pm
Panel: Sean Flanagan, Colin McBratney, Roger Loughran, Mark O'Hare, Sarah Kinsella
Tickets: £7


Thursday 7 March

Gosforth Empire Club, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 1DX

Doors open: 6.45pm
Start time: 7.15 to 11.30pm
Hosted by: Gordon Brown (Racing TV)
Panel: Paul Carberry (Jockey), Fergal O’Brien (Trainer), James Griffin (Trainer), Mat Nicholls (Assistant to Kim Bailey), Ian Robinson (Imperial Racing). Phone interviews: Gordon Elliot, Paddy Brennan, Sam Twiston-Davies, Harry Fry
Sponsored by: STAR SPORTS
Tickets: £10
Phone: 07831 636210

West Berkshire Racing Club

Owners and Trainers Lodge, Newbury Racecourse, RG14 7PN
Start time: 8pm
Hosted by: Lee McKenzie
Panel: Lizzie Kelly, Mike Cattermole, Seamus Mullins, James Burn
Tickets: £3 WVRC Members, £7 non members.
In aid of: Injured Jockeys Fund

Ed Chamberlin's Festival Focus - Cheltenham Festival Preview night

Cheltenham Ladies College, Bayshill Road, Cheltenhahm, GL50 3EP
Start time: 7.30pm
Panel: Ed Chamberlin, Bruce Millington, Kim Bailey, Richard Hoiles, Richard Phillips
£15 (tiered seat), £25 (table seat) £200 (Table of 8)

London Racing Club

Holiday Inn, Gloucester Road Tube
Start time: 7pm - 10pm
Chair: Lee Mottershead
Panel: Matt Tombs, Phil Smith, Martin Champman, Maddy Playle
Tickets: £8 Members, £15 non-members. Enquiries to LRC Secretary on 07711 260973

Rawdon Cricket Club

Larkfield Road, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6DZ
Start time: 7.30pm
Host: Jonathan Doidge
Panel: Martin Dixon, Michael Shinners, Danny Cook
Tickets: £12.50, purchased direct from Rawdon Cricket Club bar. or email

Sun Racing Cheltenham Festival Preview Night

News UK, 1 London Bridge St, London SE1 9GF, UK
Doors open: 6.30pm, Start time: 7pm (to 9pm)
Hosted by: Matt Chapman
Panel: Megan Nicholls (Jockey), Matt Chapman (ITV Racing & Sky Sports), Templegate (Steve Jones)
Tickets: £5 - includes 3x free drinks and nibbles on arrival
In aid of: Injured Jockeys Fund

Crockwell Farm Cheltenham Festival Preview Night

Crockwell Farm
Start time: 7.00pm
Panel: Bob Cooper, Sam Twiston-Davies, Andrew Tinkler, Charlie Poste, Richard Phillips
Tickets: £35 per person including a two course meal.

Warwick Racecourse

Start time: Bar opens 6pm, Panel starts 7pm
Panel: Dan Skelton, Olly Murphy, Harry Skelton, Gary Wilthsire, David Crosse, Peter Finch
Tickets: £15
Website booking:

Tattersalls, Newmarket

Venue: The Green Room, Tattersalls, Newmarket, CB8 9AY
Start time:7pm for drinks reception, preview begins at 7.30pm
MC:Matt Coleman (Stoud Coleman Bloodstock)
Panel:Antony Bromley (Highflyer Bloodstock), Steve Mellish (Racing TV), Luke Tarr (Star Sports). Amy Murphy (Newmarket Trainer)
In aid of: East Anglian Air Ambulance, Ampton Point to Point racecourse repairs
Sponsored by: Star Sports
Tickets:£35 to include welcome drink & supper. Pay bar available.
Contact: Suzanne Webb - or 07899 807073

Friday 8 March

Club 100

Club 100, 13 Edward Street, Motherwell, ML1 2PP
Doors open: 6.30pm
Start time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Hosted by:  Gordon Brown (Racing TV)
Panel: Paul Carberry (Jockey), Mark Howard (Racing TV), James Griffin (Trainer), Ian Robinson (Imperial Racing) Phone interviews: Gordon Elliot, Paddy Brennan, Sam Twiston-Davies, Kim Bailey
Sponsored by: Star Sports
Tickets: £15
Phone: 07877 618120

Best Western Thurrock Hotel, Ship Lane, Thurrock, Essex, RM19 1YN

Start time: Bar open from 6.30pm. 7.30pm-10.30pm
Panel: Daryl Jacob (Jockey), Nick Gifford (Trainer), Mike Cattermole (Commentator), Lee Mottershead, (Journalist), David Crosse (Jockey), Tom Garner (Jockey). There will be a short Q&A session to round off the night.
Tickets: £15 in advance only (add a Curry. Rice & Poppadoms for £10)
Call: 01708 860222 & speak to Robert or e-mail:

Sedgefield Racecourse

Panel: Natalie Kerry, Brian Ellison, Danny Cook, Phil Kirby, Sean Quinlan
Tickets: £10

Taunton Racecourse

Start: doors open at 6pm, start time 7pm
Host: Tom Malone
Panel: Philip Hobbs, David Pipe, Paul Nicholls, Harry Derham, 
Tickets: £10 (£12.50 on the door) refreshments and bar available
In aid of: MH and WSH Point-To-Point

Uttoxeter Racecourse

Panel: Derek Thompson, Bob champion, Charlie Lawson, Andrew Thornton
Tickets: VIP Meet and greet, £40pp includes 2 course dinner

Tynemouth Cricket Club

Tynemouth Cricket Club, Preston Avenue, North Sheilds, NE30 2BG
Starts: Bar opens 6pm, Start at 7.15pm
Host: Darren Owen
Panel: John Dance, Rebecca Menzies, Karen McLintock, Will Smith 
Tickets: £5 which includes free £10 bet from Black Type Bet plus Pie and Peas supper
In aid of: Injured Jockeys Fund
Contact: Steve Mordue 07886 028020

Saturday 9 March

Bishop's Cleeve FC

Bishop's Cleeve FC, Kayte Lane, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 3PD
Host: Hayley Moore
Panel: Fergal O'Brien, Matt Nichols (Kim Bailey's Assistant), Melissa Jones, Luke Tarr and Steve Jones
In aid of: Injured Jockeys Fund
Sponsored by: Starsports
Tickets: £10 including supper
Contact: Marc 07812 753014 or email

Sunday 10 March

Cheltenham Racecourse

Details TBC

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