Top racing jockeys to appear in North Yorkshire for Q&A session

Jockey on horse at race track

Published at 5:31pm 22nd January 2019.

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Professional jockeys and VIPs from the world of horse racing will be appearing at The Coniston Hotel near Skipton for a racing preview evening. 

On Monday 4th March 2019 a panel of six people from the UK horse racing industry will be making a one-off special appearance giving people the opportunity to find out more about the upcoming racing season

Gearing up to one of the biggest events in the season, Cheltenham Festival, the event will allow people to ask questions, meet the VIPs and enjoy a supper at the award-winning Coniston Hotel. 

Who will be at the Cheltenham Festival Preview Night at The Coniston Hotel?

  • Mark Howard: Author of both “One Jump Ahead” and “Ahead on the Flat”, books that point their readers in the way of horses to follow under both codes of racing. Mark publishes each book annually, as well as appearing regularly as an expert pundit on Racing UK.
  • Michael Shinners: Skybet Racing PR Manager – often seen across all TV channels that cover racing, promoting whatever Skybet has to offer.
  • Warren Greatrex: Warren has trained over 300 winners over jumps, including Cheltenham Festival winners Cole Harden (World Hurdle) and in 2018 he added another when Missed Approach won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir.
  • Daryl Jacob: Grand National and Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey who has also partnered with multiple Grade 1 winners over jumps.
  • Harry Bannister: Sponsored by The Coniston Hotel, Yorkshireman Harry turned professional in 2016 having been National Champion Amateur Jockey in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
  • Jonathan Doidge: Freelance broadcaster and writer, including currently for Racing Post & Sporting Life.

Tickets for the Cheltenham Festival Preview Night at The Coniston Hotel near Skipton are now available, including extended packages which also include an overnight stay with breakfast. 

Two horses on racetrack
Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious racing events in the UK

The Coniston Hotel and Harry Bannister

The partnership between professional jockey Harry Bannister and The Coniston Hotel has been spreading the word of the hotel around the country for the last three seasons. 

Yorkshireman Harry Bannister has grown up around horses with previous generations of the Bannister family being involved in point-to-point racing and hunting in the past. 

Stray FM spoke to Harry and he said:

"It's great to get some big names to come and do it... I'm looking forward to it myself to be honest because I want to hear what they all have to say. So for people that aren't into racing and the ones that are i think it'll be quite an interesting thing to do. Hopefully it's going to be a well attended event."

Beth Parsons talked to professional jockey Harry Bannister who is sponsored by The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa ahead of the Cheltenham Races Preview evening:

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