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Preview Evening 2015

Cheltenham Festival 2015 Preview Night - 4th March at SWAY bar, Holborn, London

We are pleased to announce our second Cheltenham Preview Night following the huge success of the inaugural event in 2014, taking place in London on the 4th March. We hope you can join us for what will be a fantastic evening of build up and prep for the Cheltenham Festival 2015. We listened to feedback from those who attended last year and have assembled a panel of racing experts who are tasked to find winners. 

All funds after costs will be donated to the Injured Jockeys Fund

Take a look at what is included in your £20 ticket price:

- Welcome drink on arrival
- Free £10 bet
- One month's subscription to Rating The Races - worth £25 (to be activated prior to the end of the Festival)

We are limited to 200 seats, so please secure your tickets now to avoid disappointment. The evening is expected to sell out quickly. 

Raffle & Auction - Buy your raffle tickets when you purchase your tickets. We have a host of top prizes for both the raffle and auction to raise funds for the IJF. Take a look at last year's prizes 

Star Raffle Prize  - A Morning on the Gallops & Breakfast at Seven Barrows, courtesy of Nicky Henderson. (for 2) 

Auction Lots confirmed 

A Morning on the Gallops & Breakfast at Barbery Castle, courtesy of Alan King (for 4) 

A Morning on the Gallops & Breakfast at Sandhill, courtesy of Philip Hobbs. (for 4) 

A Morning on the Gallops & Breakfast at Lodge Hill, courtesy of Dan Skelton (for 2) 

Rishi Persad - Our MC for the evening

Rishi Persad - MCRishi began his broadcasting career in May 2002 when attheraces was first launched. This was followed by a move to Racing UK where he introduced their first show in May 2004 from Kempton Park Racecourse and has continued to work for Racing UK since that time.

Rishi’s debut terrestrial appearance was for Channel 4 Racing at Haydock Park in January 2003 which saw him join the channel’s award winning coverage of that year's Cheltenham Festival before being recruited by BBC Sport in the spring of 2003.

Horse racing remains closest to his heart where Rishi has been fortunate enough to cover many of the major international racing events including the Breeders Cup at Arlington in 2002 and Santa Anita in 2003, Hong Kong International Meeting in 2004, The Dubai World for the past 12 years, The Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe, The Grand National, Cheltenham Festival, Derby Festival, Royal Ascot and QIPCO British Champions Day.

Rishi’s family bred and raced thoroughbreds in the West Indies and that is where his interest for the sport began. This was fostered by his father who encouraged Rishi to spend more time studying form and pedigree than anything academic!

We were delighted that Rishi joined us for the inaugural CFI preview night in 2014 and look forward to him taking the lead mic once again on the 4th. Last year Rishi rode in the charity race and was hawkishly watching his weight, so we look forward to providing him with a few beers and some proper food, marshalling Tony, Lydia and co is some task. 

 Lydia Hislop - Racing Journalist

Lydia HislopLydia Hislop has worked as a racing journalist since 1996. She has been a long-standing columnist for the Times and Evening Standard, also working as racing correspondent for the latter paper for five years. She has contributed to the Guardian, Independent, Racing Post and Sporting Life. Her broadcasting career encompasses the BBC, Channel 4 and the former racing channel. She has worked for Racing UK since its launch. Her obsession for the sport is inoperable.

Lydia is one of the most respected racing journalists, both in terms of her knowledge and application of the form to provide readers and viewers with measured reason. All racing fans should be familiar with Lydia's Road to Cheltenham series in that can be found on the Sporting Life website. Lydia put up More Of That for last season's World Hurdle and we look forward to welcoming her back. 

Tanya Stevenson - Bookie Basher 

Tanya StevensonBorn into betting, it was perhaps inevitable I’d end up in the family business of bookmaking.  I’m told by my mother I went with her to Royal Ascot in 1973, can’t remember but the lecture I received when giving a wrong price to my parents at the 1977 Derby will resonate forever. 

The late 70s provided my first experience of both the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree Grand National.  Attended every Cheltenham Festival since, whether it be working on my father’s bookmakers pitch, for SIS or Channel 4.  Was really lucky to work alongside John McCririck for 15 wonderful years.   Quite a few of the on course bookmakers have known me since childhood which creates great banter and a source of information, giving a different angle on each race. 

I love all sports with cricket, NFL and golf my favourites other than racing.  When I have a day off you'll find me either at the racecourse or glued to a screen watching racing.  But its betting, the mathematics behind the prices and the interpretation of market moves that is engrained into me. 

We welcome Tanya to the panel and look forward to her razor sharp insight into the Festival betting markets, and points us in the direction of value. 

Tony Calvin - Betting Columnist 

Tony Calvin

Tony Calvin has been in the racing and tipping business for over 25 years, encompassing a 12-year stint at the Racing Post and an 11-year spell as Head Of Media at Betfair.

He is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and informed members of the press room, both on horse racing and betting-related matters.

Tony Joined us for the 2014 CFI Preview night and provided a host of insights, including his charity bet Present View - who duly obliged the following week. Tony writes the columns for Ryan Moore and Paul Nicholls. We have readied the bar and aim to keep the big man well oiled, as he points us in the right direction.


Liam Dye - Racing Advisory Manager for RatingTheRaces

Liam Dye - Rating The RacesRacing Advisory Manager for RatingTheRaces. Not only does Liam have expert form knowledge, understanding and memory but he also incorporates statistics into his selections which makes him one of the most interesting up and coming tipsters. Liam currently provides tips to other tipsters to protect his own identity from the bookies and he has also worked with a couple of jockey agents and the plan is to work with a trainer or two next spring/summer for the flat season. Last year he was confident on both Vautour and Faugheen winning their respective races 4 months before the Festival, when 6/1 and 3/1 respectively; and both duly obliged. This year he has a strong selection in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle as well as a horse for Festival Handicap Chase in addition to plot horses for the handicaps. Liam is a young man who might raise a few eyebrows come preview night, and be cause of raised glasses come Festival week.