6th March 2015

Cheltenham Festival Preview Event Success

Guests at a special event in aid of St Richard’s Hospice were treated to some insider tips for next week’s Cheltenham Festival from a panel of horse racing experts.

The Preview Evening, which took place at The Wood Norton Hotel and Restaurant near Evesham on Tuesday 3rd March, raised almost £3,300 for the Worcestershire hospice.

Dr Richard Newland, trainer of last year’s Grand National winner Pineau De Re, was joined on the expert panel team by leading jockeys Paddy Brennan and Richie McLernon, racing broadcaster Alex Steedman and racing correspondent Alan Lee. The panel gave guests an interesting insight into the horses taking part in this year’s Cheltenham Festival and offered their tips and predications for the week’s races.

Dr Newland said; “The panel and I were delighted to be able to share our knowledge of racing with St Richard’s Hospice’s guests, ahead of next week’s festival in Cheltenham. After a delicious meal at The Wood Norton, we enjoyed discussing the current form of the horses with the audience. It’s fantastic news to hear that the evening raised almost £3,300 for a great local charity.”

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We have received really positive feedback from people who enjoyed the evening and the racing tips and discussions. Some guests have already secured their places at next year’s Preview Evening. We would like to thank everyone involved for their support and generosity.”

To book places at next year’s event at The Wood Norton Hotel, Evesham, on Tuesday 1stMarch 2016 or to be kept up to date with the hospice’s other horse racing events, contact Alison Parkes on 01905 763963 or by emailing

Photo: (L:R) Racing expert panel Richie McLernon, Paddy Brennan, Alex Steedman, Richard Newland, Alan Lee