Loader’s Lucky 15 – Huge each-way multiple on BetVictor Gold Cup day
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.
It’s absolutely fantastic news that Cheltenham is on this weekend as it looked doubtful at one stage with the amount rain Prestbury Park has seen. I’m hoping we can have some nice profits from our EW Lucky15 on the opening day of the November Meeting. Best odds available here with BetVictor.
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12.05 Cheltenham – Champagne Well
(Paddy Brennan/Fergal O’Brien)
This horse was very game when winning at Cheltenham on his seasonal reappearance staying on strongly again in the closing stages. I think he can get us off to a good start in the opening race as I feel his race fitness can have the edge over his rivals. The trip also looks right to me as even though he ran some very good races last season over further he just was found wanting against better rivals.
Fergal O’Brien has been in terrific form this Autumn holding a 28% strike rate in the last fortnight. There are some interesting contenders in this race but with testing conditions tomorrow I think his experience will prevail.
1.50 Cheltenham – Big River
(Derek Fox/Lucinda Russell)
Could we see the 2017 Grand National winning combination with another National prospect on their hands? I think the answer is potentially yes and this nine-year-old returns to Cheltenham where he ran an eye-catching fourth in the Ultima at the Festival. He is now rated 139 a pound below his last run year and this line up could be well treated.
He’s yet to win outside of Scotland but he has had excuses and hasn’t been the easiest to train. He has form on all types of ground so the going shouldn’t be an issue for him. If he runs well tomorrow I think connections might be looking toward the National in April because he could still more to offer this season. I think tomorrow we will see the real deal with Big River.
2.25 Cheltenham – Belami Des Pictons
(Charlie Deutsch/Venetia Williams)
Venetia Williams is a trainer I struggle to get right but I have a sneaky feeling about her chances in the BetVictor Gold Cup. I originally fancied Highway One O One But the ground has got to testing for Chris Gordon’s runner. Instead I think this horse could still be potentially very well handicapped and has a big race in him. He was last season in a decent handicap at Sandown where he jumped beautifully and was a subject of a massive gamble but unfortunately he was found to have bled from the nose and was pulled up.
However, Venetia’s team have been in good form this November and a lot of her horses are been running well fresh. The eight-year-old has won On heavy ground before over further and I think his stamina will definitely come into play here. He might be able to jump very well out in front and outstay the field. I think he will be the gamble of the race on the day.
4.00 Cheltenham – Midnight Callisto
(Aidan Coleman/Anthony Honeyball)
This filly creating quite an impression when scoring on debut at Fontwell. Anthony Honeyball does very well in bumpers and obviously thinks very highly of her pitching her into a Listed Race. I believe she has a lot more to offer and could take another step forward. She has proven she can handle juice in the ground. I’m hoping to she can end on a good note for us in the finale.