Cheltenham 2024 Preview Night


We are now in our tenth year! We thought about getting a bigger venue but we like it the way it is and we are not going to change a winning formula - so places are very limited!


Following the major success and great feedback from our previous Cheltenham Preview Nights we are excited to announce details of our 2024 offering. We are very aware that punters have a choice of dozens of these events to attend in the run up to the Festival, but we are determined that our one is different in that it will be focussing exclusively on the gambling aspect of the week. We will not have a panel that are there to waffle on. They will very definitely be talking about prices, value, gambling angles, lays and steamers.


When: Saturday 9th March 2024 (615pm Champagne reception, followed by four course dinner inc wine)

Where: The Bleeding Heart Restaurant, No1 Dining Roon, Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8SJ



The Restaurant and Venue
An absolute star off the beaten track in a Holborn courtyard worth finding for its excellent New French cooking... Zagat London Restaurants



The Panel


Sean Boyce is again our chairman for the night having done such a superb job previous years. He's been a presenter for At The Races since the start and he'll definitely be giving us some nuggets of information as well as making sure we don't fight too much. In his college days Sean was encouraged to have ante post bets for the Gold Cup on Garrison Savannah whilst he was out injured. The impeccable source of this info was the stage manager for a theatre production he was in. He couldn't watch the race as their was a matinee performance that afternoon. He says he can still remember his stable mole sticking his head through the lighting box window in the middle of an emotional scene on stage grinning from ear to ear and giving him the thumbs up. "Garry had won and the audience was wondering why I was grinning inanely during one of the tensest moments of the play".


Neil Channing attended his first Cheltenham Festival in the early 80s. The 1st Cheltenham races he watched were in the Sea Pigeon/Monksfield/Night Nurse era but the really early memories were the days of Desert Orchid when, as the college bookie, he cheered home Norton's Coin and moaned as Yahoo was collared close home.

An early bookmaking hero bet £10,000 in cash on Beech Road while Neil was standing and chatting to him in the Cheltenham ring. Although that was the year Kribensis won, the memory of the relaxed way the transaction occurred so impressed him that he just knew this was the game for him. The next eight years were spent as a Silver Ring bookmaker and his final five years on the course were as a front row Tattersalls bookie with too many wild swings to recall.

These days he never even thinks of going to the course, choosing instead to wake up at 4am and to sit on the internet reading everything possible rather than wasting time travelling.


Lydia Hislop

Lydia Hislop has worked as a journalist and broadcaster in horseracing since 1996. She joined Racing UK (now Racing TV) at its outset, alongside stints at Channel 4 and the BBC, and is now one of its leading presenters. She writes the popular weekly Road To Cheltenham column for and co-presents its popular spin-off TV show - now in its fourth year - with Ruby Walsh. She also currently works as a contributing editor for Tortoise Media and as a columnist for She previously wrote for the Times, Guardian and Racing Post, and spent six years as racing correspondent for London’s Evening Standard. For the past decade, she has also media-trained young jockeys to prepare them for the rigour of her future questioning!


Richard Hoiles

Richard Hoiles is the best-known racing commentator in Britain, having called the races since ITV took over terrestrial coverage of the sport in 2017. We are delighted to have Richard joining our panel for dinner this year as he brings a wealth of horse racing and punting knowledge and can provide a different viewpoint for us.


The evening is limited to around 45 people (including the panel) and places are sure to be popular so book your seat now to avoid any disappointment. If you require more than two tickets please email


I'd like to buy one ticket £119.00 HERE

For two tickets £238.00 HERE