Friday 22 March 2019

A night of Cheltenham tips and fundraising for Pieta at Kettle's

Cheltenham is coming and the tips are flowing fast.

Eamon Dunphy dropped in to Rolestown on Wednesday February 27 for the annual charity preview night in aid of Pieta House at Kettle's Country House Hotel.

To paraphrase the man himself, it promised to be a great night, not a good night and so it proved!

The colourful RTÉ pundit was be joined by champion jockey Davy Russell and wonder kid Jack Kennedy as part of an all-star panel.

Russell took the leading jockey prize at last year's Cheltenham Festival, while 18-year-old sensation Kennedy landed his first winner with Labaik.

On Wednesday, February 27 Russell and Kennedy were in Kettle's Country House Hotel discussing all things Cheltenham with Dunphy.

The tenth annual Cheltenham Preview night in aid of Pieta House dalso feature trainer and RTÉ pundit Andrew McNamara along with former champion tipster Brian Flanagan of the Irish Daily Star.

'Suicide has touched so many communities, it's great to support a cause like Pieta House,' said Russell.

He added: 'It's great to have Eamon on board this year, he's always a bit of craic! Although some of the soccer managers out there might not agree!

'Hopefully we will have a laugh and give the punters a few winners too.'

Last year's event was cancelled due to the heavy snow, but nearly E40,000 has been raised for the suicide crisis centre Pieta House over the years by the event and all proceeds from the night will once again be going to the charity again.

Also appearing on the panel were Denis Kirwan from TV3 and Rob Catterson from Paddy Power.

It promised to be a night of colourful commentary and fascinating insight into the racing world, as well as a very good place to pick up a few great tips for the big festival, often dubbed 'The Olympics of Racing' and this very special night delivered on all of that expectation and more, as well as raising a lot of money for the worthiest of causes.

Fingal Independent