There’s just 7 sleeps to Cheltenham and there’s only one thing on our minds -winners! Well two things if you include FHM’s sexiest woman 2013.
And Paddy’s Ultimate Cheltenham preview night at Westmanstown Sports Conference Centre on March 6 should provide plenty of clues to the four-day festival that comes under orders on March 12.
Paddy has scoured some of the world’s top illicit gambling dens, crack houses and strip joints to find the men who can make Festival 2013 more profitable for Paddy Power punters.
Leading jockeys Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell will be backed up by Ireland’s and Britain’s champion National Hunt trainers Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls. Throw in Sizing Europe’s trainer Henry De Bromhead and the world’s leading racing tipster Tom ‘Pricewise’ Segal and Westmanstown is the place to be on Wednesday night.
The Racing Post’s Irish Editor Johnathan Mullin is MC for the evening and it all kicks off at 8pm sharp.
Ruby Walsh:Leading jockey currently riding at the Festival with 34 winners and will have the best of Willie Mullins’ and Paul Nicholls’ string to pick from at Cheltenham 2013. His book of rides already includes the well-fancied Hurricane Fly, Quevega and Pont Alexandre.
Barry Geraghty: Last year’s leading rider with five wins thanks to his exploits as Nicky Henderson’s retained rider. Simonsig, Sprinter Sacre, Oscar Whisky and Bobs Worth are among the heavy artillery from the Seven Barrows stable that the Meathman will be hoping to boot home.
Davy Russell: Won the Irish Champion jockey’s title last season for the first time and will have the pick of Gigginstwn House Stud’s powerful team and rides Cheltenham Gold Cup second favourite Sir Des Champs.
Henry De Bromhead: Trained Sizing Europe to win an Arkle Trophy and Champion Chase and has a few dark horses entered for this year’s festival including Too Scoops owned by the boys at Power Tower.
Paul Nicholls: Britain’s champion trainer who has seen some of the best horses of a generation pass through his hands. Festival legends Master Minded, Kauto Star, Denman and Big Buck’s were all multiple winners. Trained his first Grand National winner in Neptune Collognes last year who just gome home at 33/1.
Willie Mullins: A former top amatuer rider Mullins is now Ireland’s champion trainer. Has sent out Quevega, Hurricane Fly and Sir Des Champs to win at Cheltenham and has won the Champion Bumper seven times. Mullins provides one of the Irish bankers of the meeting with the hugely exciting Pont Alexndre in the Neptune Investment Novices Hurdle.
Tom ‘Pricewise’ Segal: The World’s No 1 tipster has consistently pulled Paddy’s Pants down over the years and will be aiming to make Cheltenham 2013 a festival to forget for Paddy.
Paddy: ‘The worst judge since Pontuis Pilate’ Power. Don’t listen to a word he says, talks sh*** – especially about Too Scoops.