Cheltenham is back on Friday, and we couldn’t be happier! Prestbury Park hosts an eight-race card that is headlined by the rescheduled Peterborough Chase. We also have the Grade 3 Unibet Handicap Chase, with the Glenfarclas Cross Country another hugely exciting contest.
Trends are a brilliant tool to help in the quest for finding winners. I’ve gone hunting through the ITV action, and found three must-see trends for the terrestrial racing. You can find them below!
Play the percentages!
Riding six winners from his last 21 rides, James Bowen is the man to follow at present, as the percentages go. That 29% strike-rate in the last 14 days has delivered a healthy profit and Jubilympics could continue his good sequence on Friday.
She arrives in great form, winning her chasing debut at Fakenham two starts ago. Bumping into Oscar Rose at Kempton last time, she finished best of the rest behind that runaway winner. She remains thoroughly unexposed over the larger obstacles and is well-treated on her hurdling exploits.
Running well on her sole visit to Cheltenham, a big effort can be expected from Emma Lavelle’s charge.
Sam’s Out for success!
Despite having 185 runners at Cheltenham in the past five years, Gordon Elliott has retained a fantastic strike-rate of 16%. His 30 winners have amassed a profit of £68.54 and his sole runner on Friday is Out Sam in the Glenfarclas Cross Country.
He has plenty of experience over these obstacles, running twice over this course and distance. He’s finished third on both occasions, bumping into Easysland each time. This is comparatively weak compared to those races and he remains on a dangerous handicap mark.
Given Elliott’s record, he can put his experience to good use and make a bold bid under Sean Bowen.
Nico loves Cheltenham!
Stable rider for Nicky Henderson, Nico De Boinville has an excellent record at Cheltenham. The leading rider has ridden 20 winners from 115 total rides, with that 17% strike-rate yielding a profit of £38.36 to level stakes.
He has three excellent chances on Friday, none stronger than On The Blindside. He arrives on a hat-trick, making a winning seasonal debut over course and distance last month. Cashing in on an attractive handicap mark, he was a game winner and has gone up just two pounds for that performance.
That rise is far from harsh and after winning four of his six starts over hurdles, further progress can be expected. Another big run looks certain and he’s the one to beat in this field.