Loader’s Lucky 15 – An each-way multiple on Sunday, November 17

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Racing expert, Chris Loader has thrown up his Lucky 15 for the day, covering four big races on day one of Cheltenham’s November Meeting.


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12.45 Cheltenham – Valhalla
(Harry Kimber/Colin Tizzard)

This combination gave us a winner earlier in the week with Catch The Cuban at Kempton. Harry Kimber has been a real eye catching conditional jockey in the last couple of months and is value for his eight pound claim today. The selection Valhalla is actually really well handicapped on old form but has been running over fences in recent seasons. This is his first run over hurdles since 2017 and he has some strong form at Cheltenham as a novice. After a recent spin around Wetherby he will shape fitter and I just think he’s too well treated to ignore. Off a mark of 119 I think he has a race of this nature in him.

1.15 Cheltenham – Kingswell Theatre
(Tom Scudamore/Michael Scudamore)

A previous winner of this race two years ago, the eleven-year-old ran an encouraging race in the Durham National. If he gets an easy lead tomorrow he might be able to dictate the pace of the race and he’s back down to an attractive rating. The likely favourite Urgent De Gregaine has a solid record here but I just wonder if carrying top weight might be against him. With others probably needing the run and lacking course form I think Kingswell Theatre is a solid option.

2.40 Fontwell – Captain Cattistock
(Lorcan Williams/Paul Nicholls)

The six-year-old looks to have a good future over staying trips and Paul Nicholls might have found a good race for him. He revealed in his Betfair Blog that this has been his main target and I can see why. Captain Cattistock is a course winner winning a Novice Chase in April. The ground was against him at Wincanton last time as his best form has come with juice in the ground. I think he will be the likely favourite and has solid credentials.

3.00 Cheltenham – Mohaayed
(Bridget Andrews/Dan Skelton)

I might be taking a bit of a chance here but I have a sneaky feeling the 2018 County Hurdle winner has a good chance here and could be a huge price come post time. He was extremely disappointing in the Welsh Champion Hurdle last time out but looking at his profile, he often takes a few runs to get fit. When the rain comes he is often a different horse and he will have his conditions tomorrow. He finished seventh in the race last year which I think was a better renewal. Despite carrying a big weight I think he has a good chance of making the places and will be an attractive price for me.