Cheltenham Tips and Previews Friday
CHELTENHAM’S THREE-DAY NOVEMBER MEETING KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY! I have previewed every single race on the card and listed main dangers to my tips.
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ITV Racing Friday Schedule
1.45 Cheltenham Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m
2.20 Cheltenham SSS Super Alloys Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m
2.55 Cheltenham Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m51/2f
3.30 Cheltenham Trustatrader Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m5f
Great to have Cheltenham back but this is a fiercely competitive opener! I have sided with GENTLE AND KIND but only tentatively. This mare is hugely unexposed having only had 2 starts under Rules but she impressed winning at Tramore and it is interesting Henry de Bromhead pitches her into a race like this on handicap debut. She could be a fair bit better than her mark but she does lack experience which is my only worry.
White Rhino is on a roll and has to be feared but a 9lb rise is enough to put me off here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fathom Two run well. He won well at Downpatrick and then only went down 2 lengths on handicap bow last time so should still have more to come.
After frustrating somewhat initially over fences TRIPLE TRADE looked really progressive towards the backend of last season winning impressively at Wincanton before following up at Kempton. He returned in the same form going down just two lengths over C&D last month. That was a really likeable effort finding just Dancing On My Own too strong and I think that form will play out with Notlongtillmay who finished fourth in with a great shout in the Paddy Power Gold Cup tomorrow. He should strip a lot fitter for the run and off just a 1lb higher mark is going to go close.
The likes of Do Your Job, Calico, Guy and Gold Des Bois should make sure this is run at a good clip and the harder they go the better. Ballybreeze is my idea of the main danger but he lacks a run and did fall when last seen.
It is a shame we only have 4 horses heading to post for this but it looks a great chance for JPR ONE to go 2-2 over fences. Joe Tizzard has started the season in really good form and this horse impressed with how he travelled and jumped to win on chase debut at Newton Abbot last month. This would have been the target and he looks a nice recruit in this sphere.
Mighty Tom bumped into Letsbeclearaboutit at Cork and looks the danger.
Back On The Lash won this last year and should put up a bold display but DELTA WORK looks the class act and I think he might prove too strong. He was given a spin at Punchestown where he ran well to finish third to Minella Indo and he should be spot on for this granted the ground isn’t too quick. He obviously won at the Cheltenham Festival for the second year back in March and will be hard to beat if fit enough.
Galvin chased home the selection at the Festival earlier in the year and will be the danger but he will need the ground to keep drying out to turn the tables I think. Latenightpass is another one to note in an open renewal.
The way CAPTAIN TEAGUE won on hurdles debut was really impressive and given his bumper form he could be a smart prospect going forward. I thought he’d open up shorter than 4/6 so he actually looks value at his price which is usually a weird thing to say when so short but I do feel that is the case. He should win this before being targeted at much bigger pots.
The Big Doyen is likeable and looks the most obvious danger but I feel he will only be chasing home the fav who should be a class on his own. Kinbara is on a hat-trick but this is tougher.
This is competitive but IMPOSE TOI must have a great chance of winning again. He is thoroughly unexposed and made quite a taking start to win at Exeter on hurdles debut. He was well backed to follow up at Huntingdon and while it was a bit disappointing to see him beat on that occasion the winner Brentford Hope has proved that is pretty decent form having hacked up at Newbury earlier in the month.
He was back to form anyhow winning by 15 lengths at Ludlow on final start and given time since should have more to come now sent handicapping. He is a strong traveller so dropping back to 2 miles should suit and I think he can pick these up in the closing stages. Caithness is the danger despite an 8lb rise.