Cheltenham November Meeting – Marking Your Card on Sunday
Who to Look Out for in Sunday’s Surrounding Races
The Greatwood Handicap Hurdle is the feature at Cheltenham on Sunday, but the six-race card is full of quality from beginning to end. Racing Tips mark your card with previews for the remaining five races on the last day of the November Meeting.
Mallardjewelleers.com Novices’ Chase, Sunday, 1.10pm
Won in recent years by Thistlecrack, Black Corton and The Big Breakaway, the opening three-mile novices chase is not to be missed if you want pointers to the future.
Does He Know faces a double rematch against first Threeunderthrufive, who he beat decisively at Chepstow, and also Undersupervision, who caused a stir by crashing through temporary rails on Cheltenham’s run-in when still holding a chance. All three remain closely matched in these conditions.
However, it might be worth taking a chance on OSCAR ELITE, who was second in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival in March and was a point-to-point winner at this trip before joining Colin Tizzard. Irish raider Streets Of Doyen can’t be discounted either in a cracking opener.
Jewson Click And Collect Handicap Chase, Sunday, 1.45pm
No Tiger Roll is a shame, but this still looks set to be a highly-competitive handicap to begin ITV’s coverage.
Yet, while the two-time Grand National hero has not taken up his option, the evergreen Yala Enki has. The 11-year-old showed few signs of slowing down last season, but the ground conditions are likely to play against him.
As such, both EMPIRE DE MAULDE and Go Another One appeal more, as summer campaigners who prefer quicker underfoot conditions. Preference is for James Ewart’s charge, who has improved for having stepped up in trip recently.
Shloer Chase, Sunday, 2.20pm
This is a real treat so early in the season, but don’t go looking for an upset: no horse priced greater than 4/1 has won this in the last ten years.
Only Rouge Vif is likely to go off a longer price, for he’s facing the last two Champion Chasers, Politologue and Put The Kettle On, as well as the runner-up to Henry de Bromhead’s mare, NUBE NEGRA.
It’s Dan Skelton’s seven-year-old who gets the verdict, as he was probably unlucky not to win the Champion Chase having been checked at a crucial time. Put The Kettle On’s unbeaten Cheltenham record is fearsome, but she could get stern competition for the lead from the Paul Nicholls duo.
Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle, Sunday, 3.30pm
Another select field, but all four promise to take high rank among the British novice hurdlers this season.
I Like To Move It might well have the strongest form, having beaten Tritonic in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle at the track last month, in which he was finishing powerfully at the line. However, conceding 3lbs to WASHINGTON might prove tough for such a young horse. Olly Murphy’s novice won with little fuss at Bangor recently and his trainer is operating at a sensational 33% strike rate in the last two weeks.
We know less of both Sonigino and Pikar at this stage, but both represent powerful connections and it would be no surprise if they featured.
High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire Open National Hunt Flat Race, Sunday, 4pm
A tricky race to get a grip on from a punting perspective, but it’s yet another race that looks highly competitive to close a fantastic weekend.
Aucunrisque is probably the best place to start, as he was fourth over course and distance most recently, only losing out on second late on. That is a decent standard to set, but there’s likely one or two useful types here.
Paul Nicholls’ TIMEFORATUNE defied a penalty at Chepstow and will not have to do so here. He rates the highest, but there’s plenty of opposition.
Flying Sara will be dangerous if able to overcome a lengthy layoff, as she won twice in this sphere last season. Meanwhile, it was arguably more impressive how Leading Choice won on debut given he acted up in the preliminaries. Royal Mogul is the last worth mentioning, as he is by the sire of a number of high-class jumps winners.