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2018 Open Meeting tips - Three each-way tips on day two at Cheltenham

Jonathan Vine in Tips 17 Nov 2018
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Our expert takes a look through all of the races on day two of the Open Meeting at Cheltenham and picks out three each-way bets which could prove particularly profitable on Saturday.

Saturday’s card at Cheltenham features several excellent races, with the BetVictor Gold Cup the centre of attention. Our expert has taken a look at each race at Cheltenham on Saturday and picked out three each-way fancies for punters to back.

Saturday’s ITV Racing Tips



1:50pm Cheltenham (Old) BetVictor.com Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) 3m3f


Singlefarmpayment is a regular here at Cheltenham and has to be respected. As does Cogry, who will enjoy both trip and ground. The one who appeals for me, however, is VICENTE, who came very close to running down Perfect Candidate in this contest 12 months ago and returns to Cheltenham one pound lower in the handicap.

Paul Nicholls’ charge attempted to make history at Ayr in the spring, as he set out in search of a third-straight Scottish Grand National crown. Sam Twiston-Davies gave his mount a good ride, but a mistake at the fourth-last meant he could finish no better than fifth. 

Inbetween his runs at Cheltenham and Ayr, Vicente was pulled up twice after struggling on heavy ground. Nicholls’ charge clearly prefers good ground, he goes well fresh and has plenty of solid form here at Cheltenham to back up his claims - including a victory over Un Temps Pour Tout in the three mile novice contest on this card in 2015.

3:00pm Cheltenham Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 3m


First Assignment won well in a hot-handicap at the Showcase Meeting and has claims once again. Weebill was an impressive winner for Olly Murphy at Ayr back in May and could be a big player on his reappearance. While you could make a case for several in this race, I'm surprised to see ANTEROS carrying such lengthy odds and Sophie Leech’s hurdler currently offers stacks of value.

This will be the third year where Anteros has taken part in this Listed race. Two years ago, Paul Townend guided the ten-year-old to a seven-length success and Paddy Brennan came up just short on Anteros 12 months ago, losing out by a narrow margin to the impressive Thomas Campbell.

A third tilt at the title has obviously been the long-term objective and Anteros registered a couple of decent efforts at Plumpton and Newton Abbott to prepare for his return to Cheltenham. Good ground will be ideal for this Cheltenham specialist and Sean Houlihan’s claimer will ensure the former champion enters Saturday’s race near the bottom of the weights.

Vicente (left) tries to track down Perfect Candidate (centre) in the BetVictor.com Handicap Steeple Chase at Cheltenham last year.

3:30pm Cheltenham BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m5f


Westend Story finished fifth behind Ballyandy in the Champion Bumper here at Cheltenham in 2016 and made all to win at Hereford in convincing fashion on his final start of last year. I fancy Philip Hobbs’ charge to run well again off top-weight, but CHRISTMAS IN APRIL made eye-catching late progress behind First Assignment at the Showcase Meeting and he’s taken to improve on that third-place finish.

The six-year-old was making his first start for Colin Tizzard, after a surprise switch from Nicky Henderson’s stable during the off-season. Harry Cobden couldn’t find ideal position on the long turn for home at Prestbury Park, but Christmas In April was closing on the leaders with every stride before crossing the line less than two lengths adrift.

A two-pound rise in the weights seems rather stingy considering the style in which he finished the race. This two-and-a-half mile trip seems ideal for Christmas In April and I expect he, and Harry Cobden, will use the experience they gathered here at Cheltenham in October to mount a winning challenge.

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2018 Open Meeting tips - Three each-way tips on day two at Cheltenham

Our expert takes a look through all of the races on day two of the Open Meeting at Cheltenham and picks out three each-way bets which could prove particularly profitable on Saturday 17th November.

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