Cheltenham November Meeting 2018
Sunday 18th November 2018
Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.
3.00 – (Class 1) (Grade 3) (2m 87y)
The Greatwood Hurdle is the feature affair on Day 3 of the Cheltenham November Meeting a Grade 3 Handicap that’s contested over a distance of just over two miles. This year’s renewal see’s the inform Verdana Blue head affairs for Nicky Henderson. A smart performer over both codes and was last seen when winning the Elite Hurdle last week at Wincanton. She’s certainly the one to beat with Jeremiah McGrath on board. Western Ryder sits prominently in the market for Warren Greatrex, he’s always been a well thought of sort and comes here with an obvious chance. His opening mark doesnt look the easiest though but he does have the services of Richard Johnson. There’s three horses in this race that currently feature in my Tracker and the first of these comes in the form of Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra. A horse of Spanish origin who comes here off the back of a fine campaign last term where he went on to finish third in the Fred Winter here at The Festival. He’s had a wind operation during his break and there could well be more to come. The second of my Tracker Horses here is the Evan Williams trained Silver Streak. Winner of the Welsh Champion Hurdle and the Swinton Hurdle in his last two starts he’s shooting up the weights however he is only five and his progression may well not be done yet. Alan King’s Deyrann De Carjac concludes the three, he comes here off a mark that doesn’t look too harsh and is still very much unexposed. He’ll likely to be a big price but he could well surprise a few.
Storm Rising has been in great form since joining Dr Richard Newland with two dominant successes including one here last month. He’s got more on his plate here though and will need to take a sizeable step up under Charlie Hammond should he feature again. The Doctor is also represented here by Le Patriote, who took another step up last time when winning at Ayr but he’s also got more on his plate once here in a tougher contest with a further six pound rise. Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Midnight Shadow takes his place in the line up for Sue Smith, he’s up seven pounds and is another that will need to step up should he play a part at the business end. Nicky Henderson is also represented here by Charli Parcs, he was last seen when finishing fourth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and this well thought of lightly raced sort has each way claims should he turn up on a going day. Paul Nicholls sends Old Guard to take his chance again in the race, a horse that is quite incredibly still only seven. He won this race back in 2015 and ran a great race when third in it last year. He shaped as though longer trips are what he requires now judging his run last time at Wetherby and he is vulnerable to the more unexposed sorts in field. County Hurdle winner Mohayyed made a decent enough return to the track with a four placed effort the last day but looks up against it at the weights whereas Irish Roe will need to take a big step up from a slightly moderate effort at Wetherby last time.
Silver Streak – (8/1) (E/W)
Nube Negra – (9/1) (E/W)
2017: ELGIN (5) (10-8) (10/1) T: Alan King J: Wayne Hutchinson – 13 ran
2016: NORTH HILL HARVEY (5) (11-0) (6/1) T: Dan Skelton J: Harry Skelton – 16 ran
2015: OLD GUARD (4) (11-3) (12/1) T: Paul Nicholls J: Harry Cobden (7) – 17 ran
2014: GARDE LA VICTOIRE (5) (11-9) (10/1) T: Philip Hobbs J: Richard Johnson – 15 ran
2013: DELL’ ARCA (4) (10-5) (12/1) T: David Pipe J: Tom Scudamore – 18 ran
1.15 – Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle. – (Class 3) (2m 5f)
Very competitive and tough Handicap Hurdle of which a case could be made for most. Ballyhome will likely be a warm order for Fergal O’Brien and The Dellercheckout can go well for connections who scored here yesterday. Palmers Hill is still unexposed and Follow The Bear looks on a manageable mark.
1.50 – Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial. – (Class 1) (Grade 2) (1m 7f)
Claimantakingforgan will be a warm order here for Nicky Henderson on the back his win at Uttoxeter the last day on reappearance. Defi Du Seil makes an eagerly awaited return following two below par runs last season as does the also talented hurdler Pingshou. Dynamite Dollars won well on Chase debut last time for yard with good record in this and One For Billy looked to be going well before running out last time here.
2.25 – Shloer Chase. – (Class 1) (Grade 2) (1m 7f)
Alan Kings Sceau Royal heads affairs in this year’s renewal of the Shloer. A highly talented sort who should be bang there if handling the return from a lay off. Brain Power should also be bang there if his jumping holds up which is however often his undoing. County winner Le Prezien has claims but ideally needs more cut in the ground and the consistent Simply Ned looks up against it at the weights.
3.30 – SkyBet Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle. – (Class 1) (Grade 2) (1m 7f)
Six unexposed sorts take their place here in this Supreme Trial. Itchy Feet comes here on the back of 3 straight victories and is a big player for Olly Murphy and Seddon won comfortably on hurdling debut last time and it would be a surprise should either of those not a play a part. Elixir De Nutz has the course form which could well prove to be a big factor.
4.00 – Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. – (Class 1) (Listed) (2m 87y)
Another top bumper concludes things and McFabulous will likely head the market on the back of his dominant success last time at Chepstow. Master Debonair was a solid second over track and trip last time which should bode well and ones to also keep an eye on in the betting are debut winners Hold The Note and Thyme Hill.