Thursday 24th of May 2018
Racing

Cheltenham Festival Preview at The Kings Head

The Kings Head in Cirencester is offering racing enthusiasts the opportunity to partake in an exclusive Cheltenham Festival preview night on Wednesday 7th March, where guests will be able to gain a unique insight into the thoughts and opinions of some of the leading names in National Hunt – with all proceeds going to the Injured Jockeys Fund.

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Following the success of its 2017 preview night, the Kings Head has lined up a star-studded panel of racing experts, including top National Hunt jockey Aidan Coleman, Grade 1 Winning trainer Fergal O’Brien, Luke Tarr from Star Sports – The Gentleman’s bookmaker, Cheltenham Festival winning jockey David Bass and weighing room legend Mattie Batchelor. While Ben Hastie, Head of Groundstaff at Cheltenham, will also be providing an exclusive update on the ground conditions on the course ahead of the Festival’s opening.

All proceeds from the night – sponsored by Strutt & Parker – are set to go to the Injured Jockeys Fund, which provides support for jockeys past and present who are injured, unable to ride or just in general need.

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The event is curated by Camilla Henderson, daughter of legendary racehorse trainer Nicky Henderson, who said of the event:

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for racing enthusiasts to glean a unique insight into the opinions of those who are most in the know.”

She added:

“This is a non-profit event, in which all proceeds will be going to the Injured Jockey’s Fund, primarily it’s all about them. Last year’s event was a spectacular success with 160 guests! We’re hoping to build on that for 2018 and raise even more money for such a great cause. We have some fantastic prizes and giveaways in our raffle kindly donated by the IJF and a dinner for two in in the with a bottle of wine from the Kings Head.

“I’m especially excited about our star-studded panel led by the infamous Mattie Batchelor! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there and hoping for another thoroughly entertaining evening.”

Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt racing season, bringing together the best horses, the top jockeys and the biggest titles in the racing world to compete over the famous Cheltenham fences, culminating in the Gold Cup on Friday 16th March.

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Tickets to the event include drinks and canapés at The Kings Head, and discussion and insight into all of the top races from Cheltenham week, including the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Chase, Ryanair Chase and of course, the Gold Cup.

Following a panel discussion, guests will be invited to ask the panel questions in a Q&A session, and enjoy exclusive special betting offers from Star Sports ‘The Gentleman’s Bookmaker’ on the night, who are offering £50 free matching bet for all attendees. Star Sports will also offer a free £50 bet to each of the panellists, with the winning bets directly donated to the Injured Jockey’s Fund.

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Guests will also receive a comprehensive Cheltenham preview pocket guide, which provides an in-depth analysis of the key races at the 2018 Festival.

The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £15 per person. To book, please call 01285 700900.

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