The second day of the November Meeting kicks off on Saturday, with a bumper seven-race card to look forward too! With five graded races on a card packed with stars, it’s must see action.
The feature contest is the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup, one of the major handicaps of the season. The supporting cast includes a pair of Grade 2 races, the Triumph Trial and November Novices’ Chase.
All the action can be watched on RacingTV, with the service showing all seven races. ITV will have coverage of five races for those wanting a terrestrial option.
12.30 – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) – 2m (RTV)
1.05 – South West Syndicate Handicap Chase (3) – 3m 1f (RTV)
1.40 – From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) – 2m (ITV)
2.15 – Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) – 2m 4f (ITV)
2.50 – Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed) – 3m (ITV)
3.25 – Paddy Power First Millionare Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (3) – 2m 5f (ITV)
3.55 – Karndean Designflooring Mares’ Bumper (Listed) – 2m (ITV)
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Cheltenham Tips & Odds
The ITV opener is the Grade 2 November Novices’ Chase, with Fusil Raffles setting a daunting standard for his rivals. He’s a perfect two from two over fences, gaining the second success over course and distance. That second victory was highly impressive and he looks to have a big future over the larger obstacles.
The fifth race on the card is a highly competitive Listed Handicap Hurdle and Mrs Milner looks set to make a successful trip from Ireland. Paul Nolan’s charge was a winner at Galway two starts ago and almost followed up at Ballinrobe when last seen in September. She’s progressive and it’s very early days for her in handicaps. She’ll get a strong pace to aim at and there’s a huge amount to like about her chances.
Seen just four times over hurdles thus far, Whatsupwithyou was making both his seasonal and handicap debut when seventh over course and distance last month. He was behind Captain Tom Cat that day, but he looked in need of the run and finished his race strongly. He’s thoroughly unexposed for a yard in superb form and Luca Morgan’s seven-pound claim is a huge positive. He gains a six-pound pull with Captain Tom Cat and that should be enough to turn the tide.
The final race of the day is a Listed bumper and Elle Est Belle is very difficult to oppose. A 42,000 euro purchase, she couldn’t have been more impressive when landing an Aintree bumper on rules debut. She travelled in hand throughout the contest, going from last to first in the final two furlongs on the bridle. She could be something special and her claims are very obvious.
Cheltenham Odds for today’s feature race
The feature contest of the day is the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Aso looks a huge price for Venetia Williams and Charlie Deutsch. Second in the 2019 Ryanair, he was pitched into the deep end in all four of starts last term. He acquitted himself well in the face of those tasks and has his sights lowered on seasonal reappearance.
He makes his first handicap start since winning a Grade 3 handicap here in on New Year’s Day 2019 off today’s rating of 158. With an exceptional record fresh and an affinity for Cheltenham, his price is simply insulting.
Cheltenham Stats and Trends
- Paul Nicholls has won four of the last ten renewals of the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle
- David Pipe has won four of the last nine renewals of the South West Syndicate Handicap Chase
Paul Nicholls has a great record in the opening JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle and he runs the well-regarded Hell Red. David Pipe also has a stellar record in the preceding South West Syndicate Handicap Chase, where What A Moment returns to the race he won back in 2017.
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