Cheltenham Festival preview nights aplenty in Limerick  

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


THREE Cheltenham preview nights are due to take place in Limerick over the next week as the countdown to the big Festival at Prestbury Park continues.

The popular Cheltenham Preview Night returns to the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare on Sunday, March 4 at 8pm.

The event boasts a stellar line-up of top racing personalities from both sides of the Irish sea. Respected Racing Broadcaster of the Year’ Nick Luck returns to quiz a panel that includes Tom Segal – Pricewise Racing Post; UK-based trainers Ben Pauling and Philip Hobbs – who has sent out a host of Cheltenham Festival winners; Derek O’Connor – Ireland's leading amateur Jockey; Limerick man Andrew McNamara, a leading trainer and RTE broadcaster; Willie Power of Richard Power, Private Client Betting and Richard Johnson – Champion NH Jockey in the UK.

The evening will commence with supper followed by analysis and discussion with our illustrious panel. The preview night is in support of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Tickets, priced at €33.00 each, are available at 061 605900. All tickets purchased in advance only.

Meanwhile, a Cheltenham Preview Night in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund takes place at the Yankee Clipper in Foynes on this Friday night, March 2 at 8.30pm.

Limerick jockey Mark Enright is among the panel of experts on the night which also features Limerick and Na Piarsaigh hurling star Shane Dowling and Davy Condon, assistant trainer at Gordon Elliott’s powerful yard.

On Thursday March 8 the Nicky Hogan Memorial Cheltenham Preview Night will take place in aid of Milford Hospice.

The event takes place in The Hogan Stand in Meanus. Tickets will cost €10 for the event, which starts at 8pm.

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Guests on the night will be trainers Enda Bolger, Eric and Andrew McNamara, Donie McInerney (jockey), Peter McGrane (On Course Bookie), Paddy Wilmott (Racing Expert) and Paddy McAuliffe (bookie).

The 2018 Cheltenham National Hunt Festival runs from Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16 inclusive.

The jumps racing bonanza attracts attendances of 260,000 and a total prize fund of stg£4.5 million.

Irish fans spent €22.3million at 2016 Cheltenham Festival spread across travel, accommodation, tickets and entertainment.