Cheltenham November Meeting – Friday’s Top Prospects

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.

Friday Cheltenham Tips – November Meeting

The November meeting at Cheltenham kicks off on Friday afternoon and our experts have some early fancies and ante-post picks for four of the races including the Paddy Power Handicap Chase and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase.

13:45 Paddy Power Handicap Chase, 2m 

Trainer Sam Thomas will be very confident of a bold showing from recent Market Rasen scorer STOLEN SILVER on Friday. Despite only facing three rivals at the Lincolnshire course, Stolen Silver won very convincingly, making all and only having to be pushed out near the line. There is still improvement to come from Stolen Silver and the six-year-old remains an unexposed type over the larger obstacles, having only raced over them four times with form figures of 3-3-2-1 so far. 

14:20 November Novices’ Chase, 2m4f

All eyes will be on the Dan Skelton trained MY DROGO as the six-year-old switches its attention to the larger obstacles for the first time. Dan Skelton’s charge was a very impressive novice hurdler when last seen, taking the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree when last seen in April by a wide margin, Dan Skelton will be hopeful that My Drogo can climb the ranks amongst some of the top British Novice Chase prospects this season. Last October the trainer sent out fellow six-year-old Novice Third Time Lucki to an impressive win at Cheltenham and many will hope My Drogo can start his Chasing campaign with another victory.

14:55 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, 3m6f

A race in which Ireland will be hopeful of winning with the likes of Balko Des Flos and Alpha Des Obeaux entered for Henry De Bromhead and Gordon Elliot. However, Welsh trainer Christian Williams will be hopeful a recent run at Aintree for POTTERS CORNER will have blown away any cobwebs and a bold bid can be expected from the eleven-year-old. The 2019 Welsh National winner has been a shade disappointing recently, namely when pulling up in this year’s Grand National. However, Potters Corner showed his liking for the Cross Country course in last seasons renewal when finishing third and connections will be hoping for a win this year. 

Local trainer Marin Keighley hold two entries at the preliminary stage but nine-year-old TALKISCHEAP looks the most interesting. Recently arriving from Alan King’s yard, Talkischeap has switched stables in the hope that a change of scenery can bring about an upturn in form. Trainer Martin Keighley knows what kind of horse it takes to win a Cross Country race at Cheltenham after Any Currency strode to victory in 2014’s renewal. 

15:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, 2m5f

Both Gordon Elliot and Paul Nicholls will be hopeful of bold showings from their representatives, Off Your Rocco readily brushed the opposition at Listowel before claiming a Listed contest at Limerick in October. The five-year-old could have lots more to come, however, Paul Nicholls appears to have some strong Novice hurdle prospects this season and appears to have another in the form of GELINO BELLO. After finishing third in a Listed bumper at Aintree in February, Gelino Bello won a Maiden hurdle at Aintree in October where the five-year-old jumped soundly and quickened away smartly to register a comfortable success. Gelino Bello will need to show that turn of pace once more but the five-year-old can take this on the way to bigger targets ahead this season.