Cheltenham November Meeting 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018
BetVictor Gold Cup.
2.25 – BetVictor GOLD CUP HANDICAP CHASE (Class 1) (Grade 3) (2m 4f 44y)
The BetVictor Gold Cup is a Grade 3 affair that’s contested over a distance of two miles and four furlongs and it’s generally a fiercely competitive affair which is no different this time around. It see’s the Nicky Henderson trained Rather Be heading affairs after being heavily backed throughout the week. He’s a smart sort that seemed to get even better over fencecs and is likely to play a big part here whilst under a prominent ride from Jeremiah McGrath. Neil Mulholland’s tough gelding Kalondra also sits prominently in the betting , he’s a strong traveller that finished third here at the back end of last season and despite falling the last day he’s very much one to consider under Noel Fehily. Shantou Village also represents Mulholland here who ran with credit here last time however will need to take a sizeable step up should he play a part in this. The in form Mister Whitaker takes his chance here for Mick Channon, a horse that is seemingly going from strength to strength and looked as good as ever when winning on reappearance at Carlisle last time. A.P Heskin once again takes the ride on him. Gary Moore is represented by Benatar and Baron Alco who are both consistent sorts at a decent level and are more than capable of mounting of challenge here with the latter running a great race last time behind Charbel.
David Pipe’s King’s Socks was fifth in the Brown Advisory here at The Festival but was pulled up the time after at Aintree. He’ll need to return to his best form if he is to bounce back here and he may well need a bit more cut in the ground. Movewiththetimes often plays his cards late and that will more than likely be the case again here, the Paul Nicholls charge has good form with Finian’s Oscar here last year but will need to bounce back from an unseat last time out. Nicholls also sends Old Roan winner Frodon to take his place here, a horse who’s very versatile ground wise as shown when winning on heavy here back in January. A live player under Bryony Frost. West Approach shaped well enough here last time on his seasonal reappearance and has the services of Richard Johnson for this assignment and the same can be said for the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Ballyandy who ran a decent enough race in third at Wetherby. Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner Guitar Pete will also be looking to build on a placed effort on his reappearance for Nicky Richards with Brian Hughes back on board. Kerry Lee’s Happy Diva is also a strong traveller who could well out her odds should she get a clear round here.
Kalondra – (13/2) (E/W)
Mister Whitaker – (8/1) (E/W)
2017: SPLASH OF GINGE – (25/1) (T: Nigel Twiston-Davies J: Tom Bellamy)
2016: TAQUIN DU SEUIL – (8/1) (T: Jonjo O’Neill J: Aidan Coleman)
2015 ANNACOTTY – (12/1) (T: Alan King J: Ian Popham)
2014 CAID DU BERLAIS – (10/1) (T: Paul Nicholls J: Sam Twiston-Davies)
2013 JOHNS SPIRIT – (7/1) (T: Jonjo O’Neill J: Richie McLernon)
12.40 – JCB TRIUMPH TRIAL JUVENILE HURDLE – (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m 87y)
Never Adapt joins the same connections that won this last year with Apple’s Shakira and is an obvious player on the back of an impressive win in France when last seen. Cracker Factory has been progressing nicely winning four of five starts over timber and comes here as a live contender whereas Montestrel is fancied get the better of Quel Destin again and go well here.
1.15 – mallardjewellers.com NOVICES’ CHASE – (Class 2) (3m 80y)
The World’s End got off to the perfect start chasing the last day and this smart stayer has every chance of making his presence felt this term over the larger obstacles. Minella Awards won well in a match last time at Aintree and seems the likely main threat alongside Theatre Terroritry. Ibis Du Rheu is a smart performer on his day and could well feature off the back of a 7 month absence.
1.50 – BetVictor Handicap Chase – (Class 1) (Grade 3) (3m 3f)
Singlefarmpayment will likely be prominent in the betting for this as he often is, he’ll likely be there or thereabouts again in today’s renewal but does often fall short, Calett Mad is a massive player on the back of his fine reappearance here last month and there still looks more to come from the progressive Sharp Response. Vicente went close in this last year and 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree could prove to be well handicapped.
3.00 – REGULATORY FINANCE SOLUTIONS HANDICAP HURDLE – (Listed) (2m 7f)
This is a tough looking affair of which First Assignment will be a warm order here on the back of his win the last day when landing a gamble, Boyhood and Weebill both still look a couple of the more unexposed sorts in the field whereas 2016 winner Anteros could well feature off what looks to be a manageable mark.
3.30 – BetVictor INTERMEDIATE HANDICAP HURDLE – (Class 2) (2m 5f)
Speedo Boy is a decent performer on the level and he comes here on a decent mark and with an obvious shout at this distance. Westend Story and Christmas In April both look chief threats, the former on a decent enough revised mark and the latter judging on a solid run over course and distance. Lygon Rock and Point Of Principle both come here with chances also.
4.00 – KARNDEAN MARES’ STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT – (Class 1) (Listed)
This is an exciting bumper to say the least with the promising Willie Mullins raider Royal Illusion heading affairs and she’s an obvious big player. Danse Idol represents the same connections as last year’s winner Posh Trish and looks the main danger to the market principal, Mega Yeats also could well have a say.