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Preview Evening 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2017 Preview Evening - 8th March 2017, The City Sports Pub & Grill, 5 Minories, London, EC3N 1BJ


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This time of year is pretty miserable as we drag the inflated belly out of bed during darkness for work and smile politely as your third mate asks to sponsor them for not drinking/being any fun. Allow us to brighten up your day and set pulses racing for the greatest week of the year by confirming this year's CFI Cheltenham Preview Evening. This is our 4th year of running this event and we hope you can make this year's a success too!

Please join us on Wednesday 8th March at The City Sports Pub & Grill, 5 Minories, London, EC3N 1BJ for an evening of Festival fever as our panel runs the rule through the major races and their handicap fancies. The last few years has seen some amazing picks from the panel and you can listen to the audios from the 2016 night here or via the Festival pages throughout the site.

This year, regular guest Tony Calvin is joined by new panellists Adrian Heskin and Rory Delargy, not forgetting our 2015 panellist Liam Dye. We're excited to announce the evening will be hosted by none other than TalkSport's Ian Abrahams

Tickets are £25, which includes your first drink, no booking fee & raffle tickets are £5 per strip of five.  Please buy your raffle tickets when you register. Our panel will be promoting on social media from Friday so don't miss out!

Please arrive between 18:15 & 18:45 for a prompt 19:00 start.  

- 19:00 - 20:30 Analysis of days one and two with selections 

- 20:30 - 21:00 Charity Raffle is drawn and Auction

- 21:00 - 22:30 Analysis of days three and four with selections

- 22:30 - drinking/chat with panel or home time for those catching trains


- Morning on the gallops followed by brunch with Alan King for 4 

- Morning on the gallops followed by brunch with Nicky Henderson for 2 

- Morning on the gallops followed by brunch with Colin Tizzard for 4 

- Morning on the gallops followed by brunch with Dan Skelton for 4 

- Morning on the gallops followed by brunch with Neil Mulholland for 4 

- Morning on the gallops with Venetia Williams for 4 

- 12 months subscription to RatingTheRaces worth £300.  

- 10 x £50 Paddy Power betting vouchers 

- Signed and framed Aidan Coleman racing breeches  

- Racing biographies 

and more to come 

Ticket numbers are limited to 150 this year and we sold out 200 in 2016 so please purchase early to avoid disappointment . Groups of 6+ will get priority seating together. We have a live feed and big screens all around to show the panel and latest odds.  

Michael & Ronnie

The CFI Team

Ian Abrahams - Sports Broadcaster and Reporter - Our host for the night

Ian Abrahams

Ian is one of the best known voices in Sports Broadcasting - having worked alongside Alan Brazil on the talkSPORT breakfast show for ten years now. 

Over the years he has built up an unrivalled network of contacts in the sporting world - and a host of stories to tell about what its like behind the scenes from events like the World Cup, European Football championships , The Open, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. 

He has experience hosting corporate events and hospitality for the likes of West Ham United, Jewson's, The Bobby Moore Fund and many more. @BroadcastMoose

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 originally 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 once again delivered at the 2015 CFI Preview Evening with his highlight tipping up Cole Harden at a tasty 20/1. With some great mentions in 2016, we can't wait for a bucket full of gems this year Tony!

Tony writes the columns for Ryan Moore and Paul Nicholls. We have readied the bar and aim to keep the star man well oiled, as he points us in the right direction once again. @tony_calvin

Adrian Heskin - Stable jockey to Tom George

Adrian Heskin won the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown as an 18 year old and has been in demand ever since. He became the retained jockey for powerful owner Barry Connell in Ireland, and enjoyed Festival success on board Martello Tower in the 2015 Albert Bartlett.

Tom George recognised his quality and moved quickly to make him his stable jockey, replacing the sizeable shoes of Paddy Brennan. His first season in England has seen Adrian hit a 19% win ratio and he is looking forward to a strong book of rides at Cheltenham. We are delighted he will be joining us to give his views on his fancies from Ireland and the UK. @adrianheskin

Rory Delargy - Racing Pundit

Rory Delargy

Rory Delargy writes weekly for The Irish Field and is a regular pundit on William Hill Racing Radio, and the irreverent Final Furlong Podcast. He covered the Cheltenham Festival as part of the racecourse radio team from 2009-2013, and for Setanta Sport for the last two years.

Rory first discovered National Hunt racing when watching Red Rum's 1977 Grand National as a raw five year old and was hooked by witnessing the likes of Sea Pigeon and Bird's Nest during hurdling's golden age. All time favourites include Spartan Missile, Diamond Edge, Ekbalco, Knock Hill, Combs Ditch, Door Latch and Dawn Run.

A short university stint, when he attended more Musselburgh meetings than lectures meant a career in betting beckoned. He spent eight years at Ladbrokes, latterly as Operations Manager before learning the finer points of betting at the feet of master punter Tony Bloom. @helynsar

Liam Dye - Racing Advisory Manager for RatingTheRaces

Liam DyeRacing Advisory Manager for RatingTheRaces (follow them on Twitter here @RTR_Official). Not only does Liam have expert form knowledge, understanding and memory but he also incorporates statistics into his selections which makes him a very interesting tipster. Having worked with jockey agents, trainers and owners he has a wide range of knowledge and his in-depth analysis becomes very apparent very quickly.

Liam joined us in 2015 and gave some great insight into how he picks his horses for the Festival and was terribly unlucky with his official charity bet. Offered out the audience to choose between The Druids Nephew and No More Heroes it was the latter that picked. Liam on behalf of RatingTheRaces did go out the very next day and placed a £25 e/w bet on The Druids Nephew which duly won for charity. Hopefully he will bring some more valuable insight and help us all find more winners at the Festival. @RTR_Liam

For our 2016 review and write up, please click here. For our 2016 audios, please click here.

For our 2015 review and write up, please click here