Cheltenham November Meeting 2018
Friday 16th November 2018
The Cheltenham November Meeting kicks off this Friday and it’s one of my personal favourite meetings in the National Hunt calendar. A three day event that features some top class jumps racing. Enjoy!
BetVictor Handicap Chase.
1.50 (Class 2) (1m 7f)
The BetVictor Handicap Chase is a Class 2 event that’s contested over a distance of a mile and seven furlongs with just shy of £28,000 available in Prize Money. This year’s renewal is headed by Tom George’s Bun Doran who’s a generally consistent performer and showed this when running well in defeat in decent contests on many occasions last term. He comes here working off a manageable mark and has every chance of putting on a bold show on ground he should like. Ben Pauling’s A Hare Breath is next up in the betting and despite not having bundles of experience over fences he generally goes well fresh and also comes here on a competitive looking mark. Daryl Jacob will take the ride on him. Doitforthevillage won this last year for Paul Henderson and he comes here attempting to retain his crown off just a couple of pounds higher, he’ll need to improve his form on reappearance runs should he repeat last year’s effort though.
The Colin Tizzard yard is in sizzling form and he sends Shanahan’s Turn here, he put in a decent effort on his reappearance the last day when finishing third at Chepstow. He’s been lightly raced in recent years but does has a slight point to prove over this kind of distance. Movie Legend has had a wind op and since gone on to win over hurdles for Lucy Wadham and comes here off a decent mark. He’s fairly versatile distance wise and can feature on various types of ground. Leighton Aspell does the steering. The Skelton team are represented by Peppay Le Pugh who shot up the weights following a string of victories for this stable. He was well held the last day at Ascot and will need to step up should he bounce back here. Rock On Rocky concludes the field for the Sheppard’s.
Last Year’s Winner:
Doitforthevillage – (13/2) (Jockey: Paddy Brennan – Trainer: Paul Henderson)
12.40 – MARKEL INSURANCE AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP CHASE – (Class 3) (3m 1f)
Some of the best amateurs are set to do battle here with Jamie Codd on Station Master for Kim Bailey and Lisa O’Neil on the Gordon Elliott trained Presenting Julio. The Young Master and Lovely Job once again do battle and there shouldn’t be much between them on these terms. The in form Colin Tizzard sends Bally Longford to take his place in the line up and an eye catching booking of Patrick Mullins takes the ride on Jonjo O’Neil’s Sky Pirate. Another leading amateur in Dereck O’Connor takes his place on the market leader For Good Measure.
1.15 – SWANEE RIVER SUPPORTS COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE – (Class 3) (2m 87y)
Now this is the toughest of tough handicaps, My Brother renews his rivalry with Jacbequick here following their Fakenham clash where the latter came out on top. It’s unlikely they’ll be too far apart on these terms though. Dream Du Grand Val makes his UK debut for Nicky Henderson but hasn’t won in as many as twelve starts however on the other hand Guido Reni looks to be on the up. The market leader comes in the form of Dostal Phil who potentially bumped into one last time and looks a potential smart sort himself.
2.25 – STEEL PLATE AND SECTIONS NOVICES’ CHASE – (Class 2) (2m 4f 44y)
This is possibly the most intriguing and exciting contest of the day for me, with some potentially really nice Novice Chasers doing battle. It’s headed by Mr Whipped for Nicky Henderson who was a smart sort last term and will likely take to fences well. Nicky also runs the temperamental Jenkins who is also a smart sort on his day. Le Breuil will of learnt a lot the last day despite winning at very short odds and Count Meribel also made a winning reappearance. Jerrysback holds every chance if returning to the form of old but has a lengthy absence to answer whereas a big step up is required from Graasten. Colin Tizzard won this last year and he saddles the smart White Moon this time around.
3.00 – GLENFARCLAS CROSS COUNTRY HANDICAP CHASE – (Class 2) (3m 6f 37y)
The Cross Country race is always a fan favourite and a great spectacle, last season’s Grand National winner Tiger Roll heads affairs for Gordon Elliott and he also won at The Festival here. Gordon also saddles another admirable performer in the 13 year old Bless The Wings who finished third to his stablemate at Aintree. Charlie Longsdon saddles the more unexposed Midnight Shot who looks to come here with a chance and Cross Country specialist Edna Bolger sends Josie’s Orders who’s no stranger to these races.
3.35 – Ballymore Novices Hurdle – (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m 5f)
Grade 2 company concludes the day in this Novice Hurdle event and an interesting and competitive affair it is. Coolanly is a well thought of sort who should go well here for Fergal O’Brien and Double Treasure shouldn’t be too far away either judging by his recent form. Percy Veer won well on his penultimate start but will need to step up on his last effort and market leader Pym will need to bounce back from a surprise defeat at Ascot when at short odds last time.
Value Bet Of The Day
SHANAHAN’S TURN – (11/2) (E/W)