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2018 Open Meeting tips - Grade Two Trixie on day three at Cheltenham

Jonathan Vine in Tips 17 Nov 2018
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Our expert takes a look at the three Grade Two races on Sunday’s card at Cheltenham and rolls his selections into this Trixie with Unibet.

Sunday’s proceedings at Cheltenham revolve around the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle and this year’s renewal is shaping up to be as fascinating as we all hoped. Around that handicap hurdle, there are three excellent Grade Twos to take in and our expert has rolled his selections in all three races into this appealing Trixie with Unibet.

Sunday's Cheltenham Trixie 

1:50pm Cheltenham Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (Registered As The November Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) 2m

Lalor has all the talent to triumph over fences, but I’m worried the quicker ground may have gone against Kayley Woollacott’s stable star. Philip Hobbs’ stable are steadily returning to form and I think Defi Du Seuil will also make a very nice novice chaser this term. He is, however, coming off a very poor season and a long lay-off, so I’m going to place my faith in a race-fit rival this time. 

Claimantakinforgan made a winning start to life over fences with a victory over Chesterfield earlier this month. While the Supreme Novice fifth holds appeal, DYNAMITE DOLLARS was the one who impressed most on their first outing over fences and he currently sits at the most appealing price.

Paul Nicholls’ charge was nothing particularly special over hurdles, reaching a rating of 133 after winning two of his six starts last season. Harry Cobden was in the saddle as Dynamite Dollars clashed with Highway One O One on his reappearance at Market Rasen and Nicholls five-year-old registered a fantastic display – far superior to anything he produced over the smaller obstacles – to win that two miler by nine lengths.

Highway One O One has since boosted that run with a comfortable victory of his own, beating Chesterfield – runner-up to Claimantakinforgan – and Dolos at Carlisle. Two miles is obviously Dynamite Dollars’ best distance and he should be very comfortable on the good ground at Cheltenham. 

2:25pm Cheltenham Shloer Chase (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) 2m

Simply Ned has been a little overlooked in the betting and could be a lurking danger should the race fall apart. Sceau Royal is the obvious class angle, but Alan King’s charge has a lengthy lay-off and a penalty to overcome, so I’m going to plump for BRAIN POWER and bank on Nicky Henderson improving his charge’s jumping during the off-season.

The seven-year-old has always been a mercurial talent. Capable of brilliance and bunkum on any given day. Brain Power surged to a 28 length victory on his chasing debut last season, but only managed to finish one of his four races after that, falling when seemingly on his way to victory in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase won by Cheltenham rival, Sceau Royal.

Despite hating the heavy ground, Brain Power did manage to complete the course in the Arkle at Cheltenham, crossing the line a 14 length runner-up behind Footpad. Conditions this time will be much more favourable for a horse Nicky Henderson has said has been working well with Altior during the summer and Aidan Coleman – winner of this race on Fox Norton in 2016 – will give the Brain Power a composed ride.

Seddon jumping a hurdle on his reappearance at Stratford.

3:30pm Cheltenham Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m½f

Itchy Feet has done well during the autumn for Dan Skelton and travels to Cheltenham on the back of a smart Listed victory over Grand Sancy, who has come out and won again since. That triumph does mean, however, that Itchy Feet will have to give weight away to several smart novices, with Tom George’s SEDDON topping the list of dangers.

After a strong victory on his stable debut last season, several in-the-know fancied Seddon to run a big race in last season’s Champion Bumper. Adrien Heskin’s mount ran a decent race that day, fading to finish in the middle of the pack, but there’s was plenty to suggest he would make a very fine jumper.

George handed his novice his hurdling debut in a Class Three contest at Stratford and the well-backed favourite jumped nicely on his way to a comfortable victory. Tom George’s – and owner, Max McNeill’s – have started the season in excellent form and the experience Seddon gained in the Champion Bumper should give him an extra edge in this fascinating race.

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2018 Open Meeting tips - Grade Two Trixie on day three at Cheltenham

Our expert takes a look at the three Grade Two races on Sunday’s card at Cheltenham and rolls his selections into this Trixie with Unibet on Sunday 18th November.

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