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The Festival™ presented by Magners

Sunday 10 March 2019

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The Festival™ presented by magners

Preview Evening “Road to Gold”

sunday 10 march 2019

Are you looking for tips from racing experts ahead of The Festival™ presented by Magners?


  • 6.15pm: Doors open
  • 7.00pm: Magners Road to Gold starts 
  • 9:00pm: Wrap-up 
  • 9:10pm: Lucky 15s take to the stage - sounds of Ireland
  • 10:15pm: Bar closes 


The panellists for the evening will bring the Anglo Irish rivalry to the stage with Captain Oli Bell representing Great Britain and Nathan Murphy captaining the Irish.  Expect banter between the teams which features trainer Paul Nicholls, current Gold Cup winning Jockey Richard Johnson and Irish football legend Kevin Kilbane and Niall Quinn. Irish sports broadcaster and racing tipster John Duggan will also be joining the Irish panel. 


Our Festival sponsors Magners have worked with us to provide a revamped evening of insight, fun, and information that will certainly help to get you in the mood for an extraordinary four days of racing action.


Expect Oli Bell to keep the panel in order and stay on after the preview to enjoy Irish Music provided by Cheltenham Racecourse favourites the Lucky 15's. 


The panel will discuss the feature races at The Festival 2019: 

Expect the teams to relive Cheltenham memories, Festival funnies, celebrations and as the rivalry grows, the teams will persuade the audience who comes out on top in the Ireland vs England stakes. 


'Team GB' hosted by Oli Bell, featuring Paul Nicholls
'Team IRE' hosted by Niall Quinn, featuring Kevin Kilbane and Katie Harrington
Further team members to be announced & teams are subject to change at short notice and panel participants may be substituted at any time.


Winning Post bookmakers will be located in The Centaur throughout the night for you to place any bets.  




oli bell


You could say Oli was born for the job. He looks quite at home with a glass of champagne in hand during our interview and he has an enviable racing pedigree.  His uncle is Michael Bell, a prolific racehorse trainer with over 1,000 winners. Whilst his father Rupert is a sports broadcaster who is most at home in the realms of equestrian sport and racing. Oli is polite and fiercely competitive.


richard johnson 

Richard ‘Dicky’ Johnson is a legend of the sport having ridden his first winner under rules on Rusty Bridge at Hereford in April 1994.


His most recent Festival success was in the 2018 running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Native River for trainer Colin Tizzard, Richard’s second Gold Cup and some 18 years after his first when he rode to victory for his father-in-law Irishman Noel Chance.


Richard loyalties may be split at home but for preview night it “Looks Like Trouble” for the Irish.


paul nicholls

Paul has trained over 3,000 winners, 111 of them at Grade 1 level, and has won many of the races that matter most in the racing calendar including four Gold Cups, a Grand National, and the astonishing tally of nine King George VI. He has maintained a strike rate of 20 per cent or more for each of the past 21 years and passed the £2 million mark in prize money for the 14th consecutive season.




nathan murphy


Super Sub for Ger Gilroy, Nathan is Deputy Sports editor and producer for Weekend Off the Ball Ireland’s hit Sports Radio show.


His typical weekend includes commentary of Premier League matches for Off the Ball.


This County Mayo native is more than just a football fan and will no doubt be doing his best to talk his way to score a punt or two.


niall quinn

Holder of 92 caps for the Republic of Ireland and 2nd highest goal scorer of all time, he crossed the waters for his Club football playing for Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.


He is a businessman, played in two World Cups and was devilish in front of goal scoring 141 times from 475 appearances in England, expect one in three tips to win but don’t mention Disco Pants just yet….


Kevin Kilbane

Kevin Kilbane is a former professional footballer who played as both a left back and a left winger. Born and raised in England but of Irish parentage, Kevin won 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland, third behind only Robbie Keane and Shay Given as the most capped Irish player of all time. He’s tough, quick-witted and merciless!


john duggan

Irish sports broadcaster and racing tipster. 


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