Doncaster Racecourse to host Cheltenhan Preview Evening

Brian Hughes, pictured aboard Pearl Castle at Doncaster, will be a special guest at the Cheltenham Preview Evening.
Brian Hughes, pictured aboard Pearl Castle at Doncaster, will be a special guest at the Cheltenham Preview Evening.

Racing pundits and a National Hunt jockey are among the leading line-up that will be sharing tips with South Yorkshire punters, ahead of one of the UK’s most prestigious racedays.

Doncaster Racecourse is set to host a Cheltenham Preview Evening on Saturday, March 1, giving racing fans the chance to hear from experts in the field about some of the contenders taking part in the Cheltenham Festival following the Town Moor’s final National Hunt meeting of the season, featuring the William Hill Grimthorpe Chase.

The panel includes National Hunt jockey Brian Hughes; Sean Quinn, assistant trainer at John Quinn Racing; Simon Mapletoft from At The Races; Andy Holding, a William Hill Radio pundit and Irish racing expert; form expert Roger Hart; and Jennie Prest, William Hill sponsorship manager.

This year’s Cheltenham Preview Evening, which is set to be filmed by At The Races, is free to attend with any ticket purchased for the Grimthorpe Chase meeting which gets underway at 11.30am at the Town Moor track.

Racegoers will also get to enjoy a live music performance from popular Midlands four piece band, Mellow Rebellion, after racing.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse said: “The Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the Jumps calendar, and a meeting that attracts a huge amount of interest from people up and down the country.

“We’re delighted to be hosting a preview evening with a panel of this stature and the event is a fitting way to bring our own National Hunt season to a close.

“The evening will see the line-up of racing experts assess the chances of the leading contenders in the feature races of the Prestbury Park showpiece and it is a great opportunity to get people in the racing spirit ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

“The £50,000 William Hill Grimthorpe Chase is itself set to be a real spectacle for the race-going public and we’ll be topping off the day with some fantastic live music.”

William Hill Grimthorpe Chase raceday tickets are available now, including admission to the Cheltenham Preview starting at £7.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit or call 01302 304200.