21 Feb 2024

TBA announce Cheltenham Festival Bloodstock Preview

With just under three weeks to go until 2024 Cheltenham Festival, in partnership with Weatherbys, the TBA today announces a new online Cheltenham Festival Bloodstock Preview which will take place on Thursday 7 March from 6.30pm and will focus its attention on some of the main breeding influences going into this year’s Festival.

Featuring a first-class panel, the online preview will be hosted by bloodstock enthusiast, Jess Stafford (Racing TV), who will be joined by experts including: leading Irish broadcaster Jane Mangan (Racing TV), Bertrand Le Metayer (BLM Bloodstock), Victor Connolly (Burgage Stud) and David Futter (Yorton Farm Stud).

Cheltenham previews have always been a popular and key part of the build-up to the four-day Festival in March, but this live webinar which is FREE to join and open to anyone will point the spotlight on the bloodstock and breeding influences from the UK, France and Ireland. 

Some of the topics due to be covered include the success of French breeding in recent years and what has set them apart in their strength, depth and versatility. In turn, how the British and Irish breeders have responded to this and what they can do to combat and evolve their strategy. David Futter of Yorton Farm is in a strong position to comment on this given he was the man who brought Blue Bresil, sire of Constitution Hill, to England from France and is co-breeder of this year's Gold Cup contender, Gentlemansgame alongside the late Maggie Luck.

David commented: “I am really looking forward to spending the evening discussing the Festival and being given a platform from the TBA and Weatherby’s to talk extensively about National Hunt breeding going into the Festival and which often does not get the same spotlight the Flat world receives. The impact of French breeding has been significant in the past few years and I look forward to discussing how we can weave some of those influences into Britain. I am sure that nature verses nurture will be a hot topic."

Jess Stafford who will host the preview evening added: “As a bloodstock enthusiast I am delighted to be involved with this Preview which seeks to give a completely different perspective on the Festival through the eye of breeding. We have put together an amazing panel and I can’t wait to hear the insights of our experts and how breeding influences can help us select a winner at Cheltenham in three weeks’ time.”

Nick Craven, Communications Director for Weatherbys added: "It is great to be teaming up with the TBA on this bloodstock specific Cheltenham preview. It's a fascinating and extensive subject and we really hope the TBA membership along with any interested enthusiasts will join us for the live webinar and Q&A session with the brilliant panel which has been assembled." 

The Championship races will be dissected through the knowledge of our panellists with attention given to the sires and dams to focus on for the showpiece in March.

In order to view the webinar, viewers will need to register via https://shorturl.at/qvCK9. There will be a Q&A session and attendees can either send in their questions in advance or via the webinar portal on the night and the session will be released as podcast after the event. 

For more information on the Cheltenham Bloodstock Preview Night please call 01638 661321 or email [email protected]