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2018 Cheltenham November meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day three of Cheltenham's November feature

Brian Healy in Tips 17 Nov 2018
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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Sunday's final day of the Cheltenham November meeting.

The third and final day of the 2018 Cheltenham November Meeting goes to post on Sunday, and six races will feature on the day’s closing racecard, headed by the Grade Two Shloer Chase.

Also featuring the hugely competitive Grade Three Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, the ITV Racing cameras will be on hand again to cover the pick of the day’s action at the Cotswold track, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for a cracking closing day racecard.

1:15 - Steve And Sue Ibberson Happy Retirement Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Hdl Qual') Cl3 (3yo+ 0-125) 2m5f
1:50 - Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (Registered As The November Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:25 - Shloer Chase (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
3:00 - Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
3:30 - Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
4:00 - High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire And Racing Remember Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f

1:15 - Steve And Sue Ibberson Happy Retirement Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Hdl Qual') Cl3 (3yo+ 0-125) 2m5f


This is likely to be run at a decent pace, and while the drop in trip may not be ideal for SLIDING DOORS (10/1, William Hill), Ian Williams’ charge can post a big run in this competitive big-field contest.

The Ask gelding has had just five starts over hurdles, but he is improving with each run and most recently finished nine lengths’ third behind Ready And Able at Aintree last month on his return from an eight months absence.

He was entitled to have needed that outing, and he ought to be sharper now; but he hinted that he would be suited by a stiff test so it is perhaps surprising to see him drop back to this distance.

However, a likely strong pace and this stiff track will help to negate the lesser yardage, and with a promising claimer up it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him running well here.

1:50 - Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (Registered As The November Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m


None of the six runners in this race can be discounted, and Defi Du Seuil is a very interesting contender on his chase debut. However, CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN (9/4, Ladbrokes) made a very encouraging start to his chasing career when scoring on debut at Uttoxeter earlier in the month, beating Chesterfield.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Nicky Henderson’s charge who needed to be kept up to his work after the last, while he almost came to grief at the penultimate fence; but he was ultimately well on top crossing the line and he should come on markedly for the experience.

A classy hurdler last term, winning a Grade Two at Ascot, he should improve in this sphere as a winner between the flags previously, and he can step up on his promising introduction to strike again.

2:25 - Shloer Chase (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m


SCEAU ROYAL (6/4, William Hill) was beaten only once over fences last term, which came when being denied by North Hill Harvey over course and distance last October.

Alan King’s charge had won the time before on his chase debut, and he bounced back from that defeat to rack up a hat-trick of wins which included the Grade One Henry VIII Novices’ Chase and the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster.

Injury prevented the Doctor Dino gelding from contesting at any of the big spring festivals, but there may be more to come from him this term and he can begin to make up for the time he lost last season by getting back on the winning trail here.

There isn’t much between this sextet on official ratings with only 7lbs between top and bottom-rated; but he has shown he can go well fresh, and he can make a successful return.

Sceau Royal can make a winning return in Sunday's Shloer Chase.


3:00 - Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f


NUBE NEGRA (15/2, Unibet) was backed into favouritism for the Fred Winter here in March, and Dan Skelton’s charge ran well to finish third behind Veneer Of Charm; he had led the field on the run to the last before being passed, but he kept on well and only lost the silver medal in the last few yards although he was no match for the winner.

Successful in two of his previous three starts before Cheltenham, he ran a bit flat when last seen at Aintree, finishing fifth to We Have A Dream and beaten around twenty lengths.

That was in Grade One company however, and the Dink gelding makes his return to action following wind surgery dropped back in grade; he could have further improvement to come this term, and Harry Skelton keeps faith with him over the yard’s Cheltenham Festival scorer, Mohayyed, who also turns out.

He remains with scope to do better, and this mark looks well within range of his capabilities with the prospect of further improvement still to come. He can go close. 

3:30 - Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f


This should be an informative contest despite the small field which features several exciting prospects, and ITCHY FEET (11/4, Ladbrokes) can maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles with another success.

Olly Murphy’s charge finished runner-up on debut at Fontwell back in April, but he stepped up on that run to score at Stratford on his return to action following a break. Subsequently a winner at Southwell in October, he struck again when beating the useful Grand Sancy at Kempton in Listed company where he dictated matters throughout in a slowly-run race.

That runner-up has won since, and he could have more to offer here; he can see off these rivals to maintain his perfect record over jumps despite a 5lbs concession to his rivals.

4:00 - High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire And Racing Remember Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f


MASTER DEBONAIR (7/2, William Hill) looked a very useful prospect when winning on his debut at Sedgefield back in May, and Colin Tizzard’s charge bettered that performance when finding only one too good over course and distance on his return to action following a break.

The Yeats gelding was beaten just a half-length behind Strong Glance, outbattled by the winner; but he was clear of the third and that race was a potentially strong affair with the winner having had the benefit of more experience.

There could well be better to come, and with the yard in good form he could find further improvement on the back of that effort which will have sharpened him up.

Colin Tizzard can saddle a winner on day three of the Cheltenham November Meeting.


2018 CHELTENHAM NOVEMBER MEETING TIPS - DAY THREE SELECTIONS


1:15 - SLIDING DOORS (10/1, William Hill)

1:50 - CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN (9/4, Ladbrokes)

2:25 - SCEAU ROYAL (6/4, William Hill)

3:00 - NUBE NEGRA (15/2, Unibet)

3:30 - ITCHY FEET (11/4, Ladbrokes)

4:00 - MASTER DEBONAIR (7/2, William Hill)

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