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November Meeting – Saturday Tips

Cheltenham stages the first really big race of the jumps season this afternoon and this year’s renewal of the BetVictor Gold Cup is a really high class affair, with all twenty runners boasting some sort of claim.

BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase     

The two obvious ones are Rather Be and Mister Whitaker who fought out the finish in a similar race at last year’s Festival. They both clearly handle the track and enjoy this decent ground, and so deserve their places at the head of the market. Rather Be could prove to be the better handicapped of the pair, but even more well treated is surely KINGS SOCK, who represents a yard that has an amazing record in the race.

This horse went into plenty of people’s notebooks when fifth in last season’s Plate, when he just didn’t seem to last out the trip. David Pipe has had a summer to improve him and he has had a wind operation. He may prove to be better over shorter, but if he can last out the trip he can surely win a big race off of his current mark – he was within 2½ lengths of Footpad off level weights on his last start in France.

There are dangers lurking everywhere, including the likes of Ballyandy, who will surely get his act together over fences soon, and Frodon, who loves it around here and whose yard is in fine form. Indeed, it is partly Paul Nicholls’ current strike rate that has persuaded us to put up MOVEWITHTHETIMES as our second choice.

He is still slightly raced over fences, but being by Presenting should love the ground and he has run well here before. He is still well treated over fences based on his best form over hurdles, and a clear round should see him in the mix.

The third one to back is GUITAR PETE, who also has his ideal conditions. He has run well in big handicaps here before, which is always a big plus, and his decent comeback effort should have put him spot on for this.

Kings Socks (ew)2.25 Cheltenham9/1Betfair
Movewiththetimes (ew)2.25 Cheltenham12/1Bet365
Guitar Pete (ew)2.25 Cheltenham28/1Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change Handicap Chase     

It could be a good day for Guitar Pete’s trainer, Nicky Richards, as we also fancy his runner in the first of the four races on ITV this afternoon.

LOOKING WELL is an out an out stayer, so the nearly three and a half mile trip of the Handicap Chase should bring out the best in him and all of his best efforts have come on good ground. He ran well over an inadequate trip when last seen at Perth in June.

There’s another northern raider at the bottom of the weights who looks in with a decent shout and SHARP RESPONSE should be backed too. He looked a young stayer to follow when winning easily at Carlisle last time out.

Pick of the market leaders could prove to be SINGLEFARMPAYMENT, who will surely win a big race here soon. His trainer / jockey combination won a nice race yesterday and it is hard to see this horse being out of the frame.

Looking Well (ew)1.50 Cheltenham14/1Bet365
Sharp Response (ew)1.50 Cheltenham8/1Unibet
Singlefarmpayment (ew)1.50 Cheltenham6/1Unibet

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Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle     

The two other televised races are staying contests over hurdles and Ian Williams runners head the market in each.

Of the pair, we think FIRST ASSIGNMENT has the stronger claims in the listed handicap over 3m at 3.00pm. This horse won nicely over a slightly shorter trip here in October and he should improve again for another step up in trip, so his rise in the weights may not be an issue.

Weebill looks the main danger.

First Assignment (win)3.00 Cheltenham5/2Bet365

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BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle     

Speedo Boy’s claims in the Intermediate Handicap at 3.30pm are less solid and we prefer LUNGARNO PALACE for the in-form Fergal O’Brien, who had a double here yesterday.

This horse also ran at the October meeting three weeks ago, when an encouraging fourth. The longer trip suited him that day and he looks over-priced this afternoon, as does CHRISTMAS IN APRIL for another in-form trainer, Colin Tizzard.

Lungarno Palace (ew)3.30 Cheltenham16/1Bet365
Christmas In April (ew)3.30 Cheltenham8/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change Novices’ Chase

Before the cameras come on air there is an excellent novices’ chase at 1.15pm, where The World’s End looks to further enhance his reputation as a chaser to follow. However, he’ll do well to give nearly a stone to the consistent mare, THEATRE TERRITORY, who likes this track and ground.

Ibis Du Rheu is also worthy of consideration.

Theatre Territory (ew)1.15 Cheltenham11/2Bet365

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