ITV Racing Tips and Previews Friday
CHELTENHAM IS BACK ON FRIDAY! Racing live on ITV from both Cheltenham and Bangor. I have previews for every race including main dangers.
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ITV Racing Friday Schedule
1.15 Cheltenham Catesby Estates Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m1f
1.30 Bangor Alfa Aggregate Products Golden Spurs Handicap Chase (Class 3) 3m
1.50 Cheltenham Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m41/2f
2.05 Bangor Corbettsports Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m7f
2.25 Cheltenham Unibet Middle Distance Chase Series Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m41/2f
3.00 Cheltenham Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m51/2f
3.35 Cheltenham Citipost Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 3m
It was great to see DODDIETHEGREAT defy such a mammoth absence to win at Ascot last month. He warmed to the task as the race went on and eventually came there going strongly before staying on well. He will need to improve again now handicapping but is entitled to strip a lot fitter for the run and could easily rate a lot higher in time. I can see him being suited by this track and connections will be hopeful he can remain unbeaten before going on to better things.
Dan Skelton saddles Williethebuilder and while he was impressive at Uttoxeter he did weaken up the hill here when last seen back in October. He still has potential but needs to get back on track. Panjari might be a greater threat as he looks on an upward curve.
Main danger Panjari
Back down the handicap HOLD THAT TAUGHT made no mistake at Ascot last month winning with a bit up his sleeve. He stayed on strongly in the closing stages and a 3lb rise shouldn’t be enough to stop him following up. 3 miles looks his optimum trip and if he gets into a decent rhythm again he should be hard to pass in the closing stages.
Yes Indeed shaped like he’d come on for the run when third to Houston Texas and looks the danger. First Lord De Cuet didn’t jump well enough on return before unseating but might be a bit sharper here.
Irish raider LA MALMASON looks worth siding with here. She failed to show a great deal on debut over fences and then unseated at Limerick but ran much better when third to Found A Fifty at Down Royal last month and now handicapping off a mark of 126 should go very well here under Keith Donoghue. There looks to be plenty of pace on and that will help her settle early before looking to pick them off.
I do think the betting has it right and Walk In Clover is the danger. She was only beaten 3 lengths by Triple Trade here last month and that is very solid form. She will be held up and in a race where a few of these could get racing too soon she will be coming home well. Mad About Sally impressed winning at Chepstow but a 9lb rise seems harsh and this is definitely tougher too.
Main danger Walk In Clover
This looks a wide open handicap hurdle with any of the top 4 or 5 that could win it. I have sided with ASTRONOMIC VIEW who does at least seem pretty good value. He is completely unexposed as a stayer so upped in trip now might be able to surprise a few. He seemed to be keeping on well enough at Exeter last time so there is hope he could relish this trip.
Chris Cool won well at Huntingdon last month and the form has been boosted with the second and third winning since so if managing a 6lb rise could be the danger. Butler’s Brief also arrives in winning form but 12 stone in this ground won’t be easy.
I’m going to take a chance on TOP VILLE BEN bouncing back here. He took a tumble at Aintree on seasonal reappearance but left on the same mark and back in trip to 2 and a half miles he might be able to dominate and with a clear round might not get caught. He wears his heart on his sleeve and could be decent value in a tough race to call.
Le Ligerien is set to go off fav but does look a bit short to me. He won well in the end at Kempton but had been pulled up prior to that and a 5lb rise puts more pressure on his jumping. Kerry Lee won this last year with Magic Dancer so perhaps Storm Control could be the danger if ready to fire fresh.
Main danger Storm Control
I was impressed with LATENIGHTPASS at the November meeting beating all bar Foxy Jacks. He is only 3lb higher and I’m convinced a repeat of that would see him go one better. If you look back through his form it has been progressive and I can’t see how he doesn’t run another massive race with his love for this discipline clear to see last time.
I expect a much better performance from Galvin and that might make him the danger. He was a long way behind the selection last time but seemed to need the run badly and this ground should be ideal. Of the rest Gesskille is a fascinating contender but his price seemed short enough given the ground should dry out a bit.
Main danger Galvin
I wanted to try and get this White Rhino beat here and GYENYAME looks the one to be on. He chased home an improver in Springwell Bay here last month and before that caught the eye at Wincanton. He seems to be on an upward curve and I’m expecting another big run off just a 2lb higher mark.
Bold Endeavour has proved a little frustrating but he is not one to write off and it wouldn’t be a massive shock if he emerged as the danger. He is just a bit one paced so I think they should put him out in front and see if that suits him better.
Main danger Bold Endeavour