No meeting this side of Christmas gets us as excited as the November Meeting at Cheltenham. Even with the cancellation of Friday it still remains a fantastic two-days of jumps’ action featuring the Greatwood Hurdle and the BetVictor Gold Cup, combining with racing at Punchestown to make a feast of weekend action.
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There’s some big names on show across the two days at Prestbury Park live on ITV Racing. After Friday’s cancellation the action will be starting in earnest at 12.40 with a Triumph Trial in which the most intriguing runner is surely Paul Nicholls’ stable debutant Mick Pastor.
The action is fiercely competitive on Saturday but many will feel the winner of the BetVictor Gold Cup will come in the form of Siruh Du Lac. Nick Williams’ six-year-old has won his last four over fences, including the Brown Advisory at the Festival in March. With Lizzie Kelly back from injury to partner him once again, he makes plenty of appeal.
Over timber in the Big Bucks Handicap Hurdle it’s hard to ignore the claims of hat-trick seeking Tobefair. He’s won both starts here since going down by a neck in the Pertemps in March and goes for the Debra Hamer yard who have had five winners from nineteen runners this season.
Over in Ireland, Willie Mullins is bidding to continue his eight-year winning streak in the Morgiana Hurdle on Saturday. He saddles three, with current ante post Champion Hurdle Klassical Dream back in action.
That’s not before the same stable’s Faugheen makes his belated chase debut in the 12.50. The 2015 Champion Hurdle winner showed he retained plenty of his enthusiasm for the game when finishing third in the Stayers’ in March and could prove a class above his rivals.
Gigginstown have a strong hand in the 1.25 where their Notebook and Eclair De Beaufeu face off again in a Grade Two Novice Chase. The latter, trained by Henry De Bromhead, beat the former on their respective chase debuts and with natural progression should be capable of handling this step up in grade.
There aren’t many better days’ racing on a Sunday than the 17th November. Three Grade Twos at Cheltenham and the Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle run alongside a card from Punchestown featuring more graded action.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Al Dancer overcame Getaway Trump on their chase debuts over course and distance three weeks ago and looks capable of confirming the form in the Arkle Trial at 1.50 despite the three pound swing in the weights.
The JLT winner Defy Du Seuil is back in action in the Shloer Chase. He has a great record at Cheltenham but faces Paul Nicholls’ Politologue who only found Altior too good in the Champion Chase in March.
One of the biggest betting heats of the jumps’ season in the Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle. The bookmaker currently has Fergal O’Brien’s Benny’s Bridge as favourite, and there’s every reason for that after his impressive win over course and distance on his reappearance last month.
Jamie Snowden’s Pacify was no slouch on the flat, rated 100. He’s made a perfect start to life over timber, winning his first five starts including a Listed race at Kempton last time out. The Supreme Trial at 3.30 is tougher still, but given his record and his class, he’s impossible to rule out from going in again.
One of the most exciting horses to return this weekend is Battleoverdoyen. Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old put an underwhelming effort in the Ballymore behind him on chase debut at Galway, running out an impressive winner. He’s a novice chaser to follow and should take some stopping in the Grade Two at 2.50 over at Punchestown.
Our NAP & NB Double paid out an 11/1 winner last week. As our two strongest fancies from the day’s racing, we’re confident of big runs from our selections.
If you’re looking for a bigger priced fancy, look no further than our Early Value Tip, one horse our tipsters think can outrun their odds. We landed a 47/1 Each Way Double last month, another great value bet which could pay out very handsomely indeed.