Tips from Cheltenham Preview Night

05 Mar 2009

The Joes Cheltenham Preview was held in the club on Thursday 5th March. It was an excellent panel and we hope all who attended found it to be very informative. We were lucky enough to have an excellent MC in Sean Geeeney with the panel including the following:


The trainer all the bookies fear, Tony Martin. Esteemed racing journalist of the Sunday Times, Newstalk & Irish Field, Donn Mc Clean. Local bookmaker and shrewd punter, Peter Mc Grane. Irish National winning jockey Ross Geraghty.


As well as our panel we were delighted to have two owners of Cheltenham runners present who gave their thoughts on their horses.  Joe Kernan talked about his leading Novice Hurdler Kempes who will probably run in the first race of the festivel. Pat Cluskey talked about Sky Hall who will run in the county hurdle on Friday. We were also lucky enough to have Noel Meade live by telephone link following his back operation earlier that same day. We would like to wish all three men and their horses the very best of luck at the festival.


Some of the big tips from the night were as follows:

- LAmi in the Cross Country: Both TM and PMcG gave this horse as their NAP for the meeting (already strongly backed into 9/4 fav)

-Raise your Heart in the County Hurdle: Both TM and RG strongly fancied that this horse has been laid out for the race and has a few pounds up its sleeve. (Was 20/1 on Thursday, now as low as 10/1 with some firms)

- Barbershop in the Gold Cup: with the panel opposing both Denman & Kauto Star, Donn put the Queens horse in as his e/w NAP of the meeting (generally 14/1)

- Kasbah Bliss in the Wordle Hurdle: there was no oppoisiton to this hot favourite from anyone on the panel. With Donn describing him as "bomb proof" and deserving to be an odds on shot (generally 5/4 or 11/10)

- Chomba Whomba in the Mares Hurdle: This was RGs NAP of the meeting (his brother Barry will be on board!)

- Three races where extreme caution of actually having a bet was generally expressed were, The Arkle, The Champion Bumper & The Triumph Hurdle.


There was of course plenty more information given out on the night that I am sure those who attended came away with! Particularly TMs insights on all his runners.


Again we would like to thank all who attended and all who participated. For all the punters, bookmakers, trainers and owners who we had there we wish all the very best of fortune at the festival.

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