The Cheltenham Festival has been particularly kind to Irish trainers in recent times and the raiding party crossing the Irish Sea for the upcoming renewal continues to take shape. With eight winners in 2015 and seven last year, Willie Mullins again leads the Irish challenge with Gordon Elliott and Henry de Bromhead also set to be well represented at the four-day.

    The likes of Melon, Apple’s Jade, Vroum Vroum Mag, Douvan and Yorkhill will travel with every chance of adding to the impressive tally of Irish winners at the first of the main spring festivals.

  • Cheltenham Preview Nights 2017

  • Date: 21st February at 8pm
    Venue: Sallynoggin Inn, Dun Laoghaire
    Details: All proceeds to Blackrock Hospice
    Panel: Hugh Cahill MC,Davy Russell,Donn Maclean,Andrew Macnamara,Shark Hanlon plus Paddypower representative


    Date: Thursday 23rd February
    Venue: Westgrove Hotel, Clane, Co Kildare (7.30pm)
    Panel: Eddie O’Leary, Katie Walsh, Conor O’Dwyer. MC Mark Costello.
    Details: Organised by Clongowes Wood students in aid of Lesotho community project.


    Date: Thursday, February 23rd 
    Venue: Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel
    Details: Tickets €10 - Proceeds to Special Olympics. Organised by Tipperary Racecourse Supporters Club & Tipperary Lyons Club
    Panel: MC: Pat Healy, Pat Brennan (Tote), Tommy Lyons (Examiner), Enda Bolger, Tom Hogan and Tom Mullins.


    Date: Tuesday February 28th at 8pm
    Venue: Larry Tompkins Sports Bar (8pm)
    Panel: Nina Carberry, Enda Bolger, Tony Mullins.
    Details: All proceeds will go towards Crumlin Childrens Hospital.


    Date: Tuesday 2nd March 
    Venue: Ollie’s Bar, Moneygall
    Panel: David Mullins, Jonathan Burke, Denis Hogan, Gordon Elliot, Olly Murphy, Tom Hogan, Charlie Swan
    Details: In association with BETDAQ and in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys fund. Contributions to Pieta House also. More details to follow.


    Date: Thursday 2nd March 
    Venue: Woodlands Hotel, Dunmore Road, Waterford
    Panel: John Francome and many more. MC Brian Gleeson.
    Details: Sponsored by Ladbrokes. Tickets from Sean Carey (087) 2576703, Liam Gleeson (087) 6256055 or Woodlands Hotel (051) 304574.


    Date: Friday 3rd March @8pm 
    Venue: Peadar Browns Pub, Clanbrassil St Lower
    Details: All proceeds in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys fund. Tickets are €10 and will include a free €5 pp bet
    Panel: TBC 

    Date: Saturday 4th March 
    Venue: The Cross Guns, Navan, Co Meath.
    Panel: Noel Meade plus others to be announced.
    Details: More information to follow.


    Date: Monday 6th March at 7.30pm
    Venue: Westgrove Hotel, Clane
    Panel: Richard Pugh (MC), Mark Walsh, Johnny Burke, Jamie Codd, Eddie Harty, and Thom Malone.     
    Details: 3rd Annual Kildare Down Syndrome Speech and Language service Cheltenham Festival Preview Night. Sponsored by Paddy Power. Tickets €15 (includes €5 Paddy Power bet). Tickets available online at:, or at the door on the night. All proceeds in aid of the Kildare Down Syndrome Speech & Language service.


    Date: Monday 6th March at 8pm
    Venue: Europa Hotel, Belfast 
    Panel: Gary O’Brien, Richard Hoiles, Mark Winstanley, David Casey, Noel Fehily, Neil Mullholland, Gordon Elliott, Brian & Ronan Graham, live telephone call with Tom Scudamore.
    Details: Tickets £10, includes a £5 matched bet with Sean Graham.


    Date: 8th March 2017 @ 8pm 
    Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre
    A Raffle will be held on the night with a host of fantastic prizes, including a trip for two (2) to 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tickets available at (01) 8207888. All proceeds in aid of ‘St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown’
     Ivan Yeats Mc, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott, Dave Jennings (RP) And Paddy Power (Bookmaker)


    Date: Friday 10th March
    Venue: Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal 
    Panel: TBC