The countdown is on to one of the world’s most exciting race meetings, The Cheltenham Festival 2018.
The Cheltenham Festival is tantamount to ecstasy for the thousands of Irish race-goers that will cross the Irish sea this March. The nation will yet again be immersed in horse racing fever, with fans and gamblers preparing for another spectacle.
Of the 200,000 plus race-goers from all around the world, more than 50,000 of those filtering through the gates at Prestbury Park will travel from Ireland. From the opening race showcasing the upcoming talent right through to the Gold Cup itself, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
From March 13 to 16 there will be 28 races across the festival and more than €4.5 million in prize money up for grabs. Ireland has had a long and industrious relationship with The Cheltenham Festival, with the best National Hunt horses going head to head. Cheltenham 2017 was a bumper year, with Ireland creating history by recording 19 winners. And 2017 also saw Gordon Elliott named leading trainer for the festival with a total of six winners.
In preparation for the 2018 festival, Colm Quinn BMW will again host an evening with the experts on Tuesday, March 6, in the Athlone showroom. You can immerse yourself in knowledge and information from a panel of experts just in time for the festival, and indeed pocket a few tips too. The night promises to be a mix of business and pleasure, with tips, form, fun and banter all on offer, in the relaxed informal surroundings created for the evening.
With the help of the MC on the night, Michael Duignan, RTE pundit and racing enthusiast, the panel of racing experts includes Kate Harrington of Jessica Harrington Racing, Gordon Elliott (Trainer ), Noel Meade (Trainer ) David Jennings (The Racing Post ) Andrew Lynch (jockey and trainer ) and Donagh Meyler (jockey ), who will share their knowledge and expertise with all in attendance.
This is a free event. A dedicated raffle will be held on the night with all proceeds going to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.