Cheltenham Tips and Previews Sunday
THE FINAL DAY OF CHELTENHAM’S NOVEMBER MEETING! The Shloer Chase takes centre stage when Jonbon and Edwardstone lock horns.
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ITV Racing Sunday Schedule
1.45 Cheltenham cavani.co.uk Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4f
2.04 Fontwell BetGoodwin Southern National Handicap Chase (Class 3) 3m31/2f
2.20 Cheltenham Jewson Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) 3m31/2f
2.55 Cheltenham Shloer Chase (Grade 2) 2m
3.30 Cheltenham Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) 2m1/2f
Tellherthename was an expensive purchase and he did only go down a nose on debut over hurdles at Ascot but I like the look of THE KEMBLE BREWERY here for Kim Bailey. The yard have made a flying start to the season and this horse caught the eye winning impressively on debut under Rules at Huntingdon. He defied a penalty to win at this track on reappearance last month which is no easy task. Now sent hurdling he could be a nice horse and I’m hopeful he can make a winning start.
Innatendue is over from Ireland and is greatly respected along with Morning Soldier who wasn’t disgraced at Naas when last seen.
There might only be 7 runners but this looks a decent handicap chase and I’m looking forward to seeing CREBILLY jump a fence for Jonjo O’Neill. This horse did well over hurdles last season winning twice. He was particularly impressive on final start at Sandown and I can see him improving again now sent chasing. A mark of 134 likely underestimates him and I think he can go on to better things as the season goes on.
Ginny’s Destiny failed to shine on chase debut here last month but I wouldn’t judge him too harshly on that and if he bounces back he will be the danger. Railway Hurricane has plenty of experience on side but will likely prove vulnerable to a younger improver.
This is going to take some getting and with TOMMIE BEAU the only horse with winning form coming into this he might be the way to go. He ran on strongly to win at Sedgefield last month and the way he jumped the last suggested he still had a bit more in the locker if called upon. It is going to be testing conditions and we know he stays all day so hard to oppose.
Movethechains was poor at Newbury last time but if bouncing back would have a squeak off a mark of 120. He was a progressive novice last year so shouldn’t be overlooked. Gerico Ville is another one I expect to be in their pitching as he should have more to come over fences.
This is wide open as the betting is suggesting but I think it might be worth taking a chance on CITY CHIEF for Nicky Henderson. He has looked good since going chasing winning impressively at Hereford and then following up convincingly at Wetherby. He can jump better than what he did at Ayr on final start and if finding some rhythm on return should go very well up in trip.
Guetapan Collonges impressed winning well at Carlisle on reappearance and the form has been franked since so even up 7lb looks the danger and is likely to go off favourite too.
I still think quite highly of JONBON and this looks a very winnable return for him. His only defeat over fences has come at the hands of El Fabiolo and he has won all 5 others when sent chasing. He was very good at Sandown on final start and given we know he goes well fresh he is hard to get away from and should be the one to beat. I’d like to see him go forward and try and make all as he is the best horse in this.
Edwardstone completely lost his way when last seen at the Festival behind Energumene and doesn’t seem to like it when the ground turns too soft so that would be against him. Both Editeur Du Gite and Nube Negra need to find more.
Onlyamatteroftime has to be respected but he is too short for a horse we don’t know a great deal about. I’m going to chance NEMEAN LION at a double-figure price. He has won his last two over hurdles and really impressed getting on top again at Ffos Las last month. He is on an upward curve and looks to have slipped under the radar somewhat in this.
Luccia certainly wasn’t disgraced when second to You Wear It Well on return at Wetherby and if improving from that may well be the biggest danger in here dipping into a handicap for the first time. Iberico Lord is another one expected to get competitive in a decent renewal.
I never like being too bullish in bumpers but I do think the betting has this spot on and BRECHIN CASTLE should be hard to beat. He won a point readily and then impressed with how he went through the race before winning by 14 lengths on debut under Rules at Sedgefield last month. This is a big step up but he is clearly quite exciting and I expect him to justify favouritism.
Doyen Quest also looked a nice prospect winning on debut and could have a say. Fire Flyer didn’t give his true running at Newbury but impressed at Ascot and might be the main danger as the betting suggests.