Eddie O’Leary of Gigginstown House Stud, leading amateur jockey Katie Walsh and Robbie Power, recent winner of the Stan James Irish Gold Cup on Sizing John, were amongst the panel for a Cheltenham Preview Night held last night (Thursday 23rd February) at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane, Co Kildare. The MC for the night was Mark Costello of The Irish Field with bookmaker Daragh Fitzpatrick calling the odds.
The Cheltenham Preview Night started at 7.30pm and cost €20 per person, which included entry to a free draw with prizes such as a private visit to champion trainer Willie Mullins’ yard, a stable tour with trainer Henry de Bromhead, a day at the races with jockey Denis O’Regan, signed photos and many more.
The event provided those interested in the upcoming Cheltenham Festival with valuable insights from those with the intimate knowledge of the runners and riders. Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary is expected to send his strongest ever selection of horses to the Festival and the audience had the opportunity to ask questions of Eddie, his brother and racing manager.
The event was organised by students in Clongowes Wood College to raise funds for the Malealea Development Trust, a charitable organisation based in Malealea, Lesotho. The Trust works with the local community on a range of socio-economic and environmental programmes. Later this year 20 students from Clongowes Wood College will travel to Lesotho to provide hands-on support for the organisation.
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For more on the Clongowes Lesotho initiative, see here.