Owen looks to follow up 40-1 winner with 25-1 & 20-1 Cheltenham Outsiders

Owen's Outsiders

Cheltenham’s November meeting kicks off on Friday, with a six race card in store for us. The return of My Drogo is the feature act, though he does face just the sole runner. Away from that potential star, we also have the Glenfarclas Cross Country, where the Grand National second Balko Des Flos takes on some fascinating contenders.

There’s also racing from Newcastle, Worcester, Dundalk and Kempton, and we’ll have horse racing tips for all four. With three days of exciting racing, there’s plenty of chances to poach some good value. After a 40-1 winner last weekend and a 50-1 place in the Melbourne Cup, I’m hoping for some further success.

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2.55 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase

I like to go with runners who hold experience in cross country races and Singing Banjo (20-1) fits the criteria. He’s not the classiest runner in the race, but Philip Rothwell’s veteran arrives on a four-timer, which includes a victory at Punchestown over the banks. Sent off at 33-1 that day, he was a shade fortunate, but he jumped well and showed a brilliant attitude.

Seven-pound claimer Brendan Walsh has struck up a great partnership with him and his abundance of toughness and stamina are huge assets. Others possess more talent, but he won’t be lying down and these type of races aren’t always decided by the ratings.

4.00 Cheltenham – Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

He lacks experience, but Kalyptra (25-1) has plenty of ability and his opening rating of 108 is more than generous. His problem is his headstrong tendencies, pulling away his chance in a trio of novice events, latterly on debut for Ralph Smith. His most recent run at Wincanton was different, however, as he stuck on determinedly and only found an 8/15 favourite too strong.

Given that was on the back of a 209-day break, it should have gotten plenty of the freshness out of him. Granted, there’s some risk attached to his chance as he won’t get away with pulling at such a stiff venue, but further experience should help with that. Fergus Gillard takes off three pounds and pitched into handicaps, he can play a big each-way role.

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