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2018 Cheltenham November meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day two of Cheltenham's November Meeting

Brian Healy in Tips 17 Nov 2018
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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for the second day of the Cheltenham November Meeting.

Day two of the Cheltenham November Meeting goes to post on Saturday, and following a cracking afternoon of action on Friday, seven races will go to post from 12.40pm as the three-day extravaganza continues .

The feature race of the day comes in the shape of the ultra-competitive BetVictor Gold Cup, while the Grade Two Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle also features on a high-class racecard.

12:40 - JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Registered As The Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (3yo) 2m½f
1:15 - mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m½f
1:50 - BetVictor.com Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m3½f
2:25 - BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
3:00 - Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
3:30 - BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m5f
4:00 - Karndean Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f

The pick of the day’s action at the Cotswolds track features on Saturday’s ITV Racing broadcast, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race tips for all seven races on a cracking afternoon of racing action.

12:40 - JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Registered As The Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (3yo) 2m½f


QUEL DESTIN (9/2, Paddy Power) was beaten behind the reopposing Montestrel when the pair clashed at Chepstow last month, but Paul Nicholls’ charge improved on that effort to win next time out at Kempton and he may be able to reverse those placings now.

The Muhtathir gelding was a winner in France from Guy Cherel prior to joining this yard, and he latterly ran out a twelve lengths’ winner over Ghost Serge when opening his account for the Ditcheat handler.

He was only run down late in the day by Nick Williams’ charge at Chepstow on his UK debut, but he was giving the winner 9lbs plus Lizzie Kelly’s claim; now reopposing on better terms, he may be able to gain revenge this time around given he remains with potential to do better.

1:15 - mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m½f


THE WORLDS END (4/5, Coral) was hugely impressive on his chase debut at Chepstow last month, and the Stowaway gelding can make it two wins from two starts over the larger obstacles with another success here.

Tom George’s charge was a Grade One winner over hurdles as a novice, winning four of his six hurdles starts during the 2016/17 season; things didn’t go to plan last term, and he rounded off a disappointing season when finishing fourth behind Identity Thief at Aintree in April.

Making his chase debut at Chepstow last month, he left a lasting impression with the way he jumped and travelled, and he readily struck by 14 lengths; that perhaps wasn’t the strongest of races, but he could only beat what was put in front of him and he is open to plenty of improvement.

1:50 - BetVictor.com Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m3½f


Perfect Candidate won this race twelve months ago, and he and Vicente renew rivalry with the latter having narrowly lost out in that renewal; it could however be worth chancing on the return of former Gold Cup hero CONEYGREE (14/1, William Hill) who makes his latest return following another spell on the sidelines.

Mark Bradstock’s Karinga Bay gelding has plenty to prove at present having failed to fire on both runs last term at Wetherby and Newbury; but the 2015 Blue Riband winner lurks on a very attractive mark if retaining most of his ability returning from a year off the track.

Unbeaten in his first four starts over fences, including the Gold Cup, he ran well in defeat on his 2016 return when finding only Cue Card too strong in that season’s Betfair Chase; but having suffered another setback he wasn’t seen out again until finishing third to 2017 Gold Cup winner Sizing John and Djakadam when contesting the Punchestown Gold Cup.

Pulled up on both starts at Wetherby and Newbury last term, he returns here from a mark of 160, and while he concedes weight all round he has had wind surgery and runs in a first-time tongue-tie. This rating certainly isn’t beyond him if returning to something like his best form, and he has gone well fresh in the past so he could feasibly go close.

2:25 - BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f


Gary Moore holds solid chances with his runners in this race, and BENATAR (9/1, Unibet) could be worth siding with having looked to need the run on his return to action at Newton Abbot last month.

A progressive novice last term, winning his first three starts over the larger obstacles which included a defeat of Finian’s Oscar at Ascot, he ran well in defeat to finish third in the JLT Novices’ Chase behind Shattered Love.

Possibly just undone by racing too keenly in heavy ground last time out, he ought to appreciate this less testing ground although some rain would certainly aid his chances; while a big field scenario may help Jamie Moore in getting the Beneficial gelding to settle better than he did on his return to action.

Open to further improvement, this mark doesn’t look beyond him and indeed he could prove to be well-weighted on these terms; and he can build on his return to action to do better this time around.

Benatar can post a big run in Saturday's BetVictor Gold Cup.



3:00 - Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m


FIRST ASSIGNMENT (5/2, Ladbrokes) remains unexposed over hurdles, having had just five starts thus far, but the Vinnie Roe gelding has won two of those starts which includes on his return to action at this venue last month.

There, Ian Williams’ charge got the better of Vive Le Roi to score by a short-head, but he was conceding race-fitness and 1lb to that rival, and he is entitled to strip fitter for the run. 

He arguably won a shade easier than the official winning margin might otherwise suggest, and he remains with plenty of scope to find further improvement. 

He has been upped 5lbs in the wake of that win, but there could be more to come from him upped in trip and it would be no surprise to see him going close in this contest.

3:30 - BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m5f


POINT OF PRINCIPLE (9/1, William Hill) remains with scope to do better over hurdles, and Tim Vaughn’s charge can get involved in this competitive handicap contest.

Fourth here on his hurdling debut behind subsequent Grade Two winner Slate House, the Rip Van Winkle gelding found only Silver Concorde too strong next time at Musselburgh prior to winning at Ascot in Feburary with a defeat of Dame De Compagnie.

He possibly failed to get home over three miles at Aintree, but he ran better than the bare result at Chepstow in April, and he found only Garo De Juilley too strong back there on his return to action in the Silver Trophy last term.

Only 2lbs higher here, he ought to strip fitter for that outing and that form has been franked with a couple of subsequent winners since coming out of the race. There will likely be better to come from him, and he remains unexposed so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him find improvement on the back of that return, and he can go close.

4:00 - Karndean Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f


Royal Illusion makes the journey over from Ireland, and Willie Mullins’ charge can post a big effort as he bids to make it three wins from three; but Ruth Jefferson’s MEGA YEATS (10/1, Boylesport) looked a useful sort when easily winning on her debut at Carlisle last month, and the Yeats filly can follow up.

Bought out of the point-to-point sphere following a win at Monksrange for Donnacha O’Brien, she ran out a ready winner over Redbridge Gold on her Rules debut, scoring by four lengths after making all and finding plenty for pressure when challenged.

Still inexperienced, there is likely better to come from her, and the yard is no stranger to success in bumpers so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her improve for her debut, and she can go close.

Ruth Jefferson can get amongst the winners at Cheltenham on Saturday.




CHELTENHAM NOVEMBER MEETING TIPS - DAY TWO SELECTIONS


12:40 - QUEL DESTIN (9/2, Paddy Power

1:15 - THE WORLDS END (4/5, Coral)

1:50 - CONEYGREE (14/1, William Hill)

2:25 - BENATAR (9/1, Unibet)

3:00 - FIRST ASSIGNMENT (5/2, Ladbrokes)

3:30 - POINT OF PRINCIPLE (9/1, William Hill)

4:00 - MEGA YEATS (10/1, Boylesport)

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2018 Cheltenham November meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day two of Cheltenham's November Meeting

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