Friday ITV Racing tips – TV best bets at Cheltenham
The ITV Racing cameras are in action on Friday for the first of three top-class days of horse racing action and we’ve picked out our TV best bets for Cheltenham as the November meeting kicks off.
We return to Cheltenham on Friday for the first of three days’ top class jumps racing action with the start of the November Meeting.
A six-race card awaits punters at the home of jumps racing including Grade Two action and also the Cross Country Chase where Tiger Roll and Easysland renew rivalry from the Cheltenham Festival back in March.
The ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to cover the best of the action with four races live and we’ve picked out our best bets through the card.
ITV RACING TIPS – TV BEST BETS AT CHELTENHAM ON FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER
1:50 Cheltenham – Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m
BEAT THE JUDGE has made a good start to his chasing career, building on an encouraging third on his first attempt over the larger obstacles at Stratford to reel off wins at Newton Abbot and Fontwell.
Gary Moore’s charge wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing third over course and distance last time out behind the impressive Rouge Vif, having to race wide and perhaps given too much to do although it is unlikely he’d have beaten the winner in any case despite finishing well.
It was nevertheless a very good run on his handicap debut and he could have more to offer in this sphere where he can go close from an unchanged mark.
2:25 Cheltenham – SSS Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
PROTEKTORAT gets 3lbs from Southfield Stone in this contest despite being rated 3lbs higher in the handicap and Dan Skelton’s charge can follow up his impressive success at Carlisle last month when making a taking chase debut.
The Saint Des Saints gelding was steadily progressive last term over hurdles, placing in Listed and Grade Two company at this track prior to tackling the Coral Cup here at the Cheltenham Festival where he ran respectably to finish in tenth.
He made all at Carlisle on his chase debut, running out a seven lengths’ victor over Malystic despite showing a tendency to jump left. But he was never really out of third gear to win that contest and there’s likely better to come from him.
The Skelton team are in good form and he’ll be suited by this return to a longer trip so every chance of a big run and he can double his winning tally over fences.
3:00 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m6f
Easysland and Tiger Roll finished 1-2 in the Cheltenham Festival edition of this race back in March and the pair may well come to the fore again. However neither is likely to be much of a price and it might pay to side with Welsh Grand National hero POTTERS CORNER who makes his cross-country debut.
The Indian Danehill gelding is relatively low-mileage for a ten-year old and he’s been rejuvenated back over fences for this yard where he was impressive in seeing off Truckers Lodge to land a big prize at Chepstow last Christmas.
He has fitness to prove on his return having not been seen since his Welsh Grand National exploits but he gets plenty of weight from the two principals along with Jack Tudor’s 5lbs claim so he can race from a featherweight here and every chance he can make his presence felt if fully tuned up for all he has a bit to find with the front two in the betting.
3:35 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Hyde Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f
Does He Know sets a solid standard chasing a hat-trick of wins for the in-form Kim Bailey; however GRAND MOGUL won readily at Chepstow last month and with Nicky Henderson’s runners now beginning to hit top stride the Presenting gelding can take another forward step.
A winner between the flags prior to joining the Seven Barrows team he was disappointing last term over hurdles, pulled up on his first run and then failed to beat a rival on his next start and he wasn’t seen out again until Chepstow where he ran out a comfortable victor.
The strong pace to that contest might have helped, but it was a big improvement on previous efforts and he had looked promising in bumpers previously so there may be better to come from him this term.
His top yard will know where they stand with him and being thrust into a Grade Two suggests he has plenty of untapped potential still to come. While he does have to step up on his Chepstow effort there’s every chance he can do so and he can go close here.