Cheltenham Friday tips – Day one November Meeting best bets

Darver Star runs in the Listed BetVictor Chase at Thurles on ThursdayDarver Star runs in the Listed BetVictor Chase at Thurles on Thursday

Cheltenham Friday tips on day one of the November Meeting

We return to the home of jumps racing on Friday for a fantastic opening day of the November Meeting at Cheltenham. Our tipping team have picked out their Cheltenham Friday tips on day one.

There’s a fantastic opening day racecard on Friday for the Cheltenham November Meeting which features Grade Two action with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and over the course of the three days’ racing we are likely to bear witness to some early season Cheltenham Festival clues.

Six races in all goe to post on Friday with the best of the day’s racing being shown live on ITV Racing where Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis and our tipping team go through Friday’s racecard to pick out their Cheltenham Friday tips and best bets on day one.


1:10 Cheltenham – Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-125) 2m5f

AN TAILLIUR arrives here in red-hot form and the Authorized gelding can continue his winning streak to extend his sequence to six.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge landed the five-timer when going in at Exeter last month, beating a subsequent winner in the process and the 4lbs rise in the weights he’s been given by the handicapper is largely negated by Kevin Brogan’s 3lbs claim so he ought to continue to make his presence felt here dropping back in trip.

He still looked progressive last time out and likely hasn’t reached the end of his improvement so there’d be no surprise if he were continue his winning run and he can strike again.

Cheltenham Friday tips. Jonjo O'Neill can get the November Meeting off to a winning start.

Cheltenham Friday tips. Jonjo O’Neill can get the November Meeting off to a winning start.

1:45 Cheltenham – Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m

KAP AUTEIL was in good form over fences at the beginning of the year, winning his last three starts of the season at or around this distance and Toby Lawe’s charge continued his progression when returning from seven months off at Stratford last month where he posted another win to take his tally to four.

The Kapgarde gelding ran out an eight lengths’ victor over Black Kalanisi, his task made easier by independent falls by two of his rivals although he likely would have won in any case and he’s only been pushed up 3lbs for that win which could still prove lenient.

There’s likely better to come from him and he’ll be sharper for that run so can build on the performance to follow up again here and extend his sequence.

2:20 Cheltenham – SSS Super Alloys Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f

This is now a match between Henry de Bromhead’s smart Gin On Lime who brings winning chase experience to the table and MY DROGO who makes his first start over fences; preference is for the Skelton runner who is fancied to not only win this but take high ranking in the novice chase division this campaign.

The Milan gelding didn’t look back last term after losing out on his debut in a bumper at this venue, winning all four subsequent starts which include a Grade One at Aintree on his final run of the campaign.

He is every inch a chaser on looks and he’s a top prospect for the Skeltons to go to battle with this term where he can make a winning debut over the larger obstacles.

Cheltenham Friday tips. My Drogo can make a winning introduction to chasing at Cheltenham on Friday.

Cheltenham Friday tips. My Drogo can make a winning introduction to chasing at Cheltenham on Friday.

2:55 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m6f

BACK ON THE LASH won three times over the summer at up to three miles and Martin Keighley’s charge is given another chance having turned in a lacklustre performance at this venue last month when last of five behind Annual Invictus.

The Malinas gelding possibly just needed that outing and he could do better here tackling this course and obstacles for the first time.

His previous Uttoxeter victory has seen the third and fourth both winning since and with a decent racing weight he can post a big performance here if seeing out the longer trip.

3:30 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Hyde Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

GELINO BELLO made a very pleasing first start over hurdles when romping to a six lengths’ victory over Ree Okka at Aintree last month and that experience ought to stand Paul Nicholls’ charge in good stead as he tackles this marked step up in grade.

A winner of a Plumpton bumper last December he subsequently finished third in a Listed bumper at Newbury which is working out quite well and he was impressive on that hurdles debut where he was stepped up to a longer trip and readily saw things out with the suggestion there was certainly more to come.

This is tougher but he’s totally unexposed and with further improvement expected he should be firmly in the mix.

Cheltenham Friday tips. Paul Nicholls can get amongst the day one winners at Cheltenham.

4:00 Cheltenham – Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-125) 2m½f

BRORSON is yet to get off the mark but the Getaway gelding has posted good performances on both starts over fences and Martin Keighley’s charge can open his account here.

Twice placed in bumpers following a switch to this yard from the Irish point-to-point ranks he made his hurdles debut following five months off at Bangor in September, finding only a couple too good and he showed the benefit of that experience to go down only narrowly behind Top Bandit over this course and distance last month.

Those runs came in maiden company and now trying handicapping there’s a feeling that his 117 rating is workable and he ought to be competitive as a result where still unexposed he should improve further.