Peterborough Chase tips – Big-race preview of Cheltenham’s Friday feature race
We take a look through the big-race field for Friday’s rearranged Peterborough Chase which should have taken place at Huntingdon last weekend. Get our Peterborough Chase tips and big-race selection.
It should have taken place last weekend at Huntingdon, but following the loss of that meeting the Grade Two Peterborough Chase – the feature race on the card – has been rearranged to take place at Cheltenham on Friday.
The valuable 2m 4f contest boasts a first prize in excess of £21,000 to the winner and eight runners go to post for the Friday feature which gets underway at 1.50pm as the fifth race on day one of the Cheltenham International meeting.
TV punters can catch the action live on ITV Racing and we’ve taken a runner-by-runner look at Friday’s rescheduled feature. Get our Peterborough Chase tips and big race selection below as we run through the field.
PETERBOROUGH CHASE TIPS – BIG-RACE PREVIEW OF CHELTENHAM’S FRIDAY FEATURE
One of two in the race for trainer Tom George, the Shantou gelding can occasionally flatter to deceive in his races where he can travel well only to find less than expected when push comes to shove.
However that hasn’t stopped him picking up the occasional win and he struck here back in November 2018 on his seasonal reappearance before twice finishing runner-up over this course either side of a break which included at the Cheltenham Festival.
He got back on the scoresheet last term winning the Grade Two Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton and he bounced back from a fall in the Game Spirit Chase to finish a creditable third in the Champion Chase behind Politologue although he disappointed on his latest return to action in the Haldon Gold Cup.
He should prove sharper for that run and he’s a previous distance winner so the return to a longer trip will hold no fears although he’ll need to be at his very best here to take this prize and others may prove too strong for him at the finish.
Classy individual at his best over hurdles and fences and one of two in the race for Nicky Henderson.
The Poliglote gelding goes well fresh and looked as good as ever last term in registering wins over hurdles and fences which include this prize twelve months ago when it was run at its’ native Huntingdon where he beat Kauto Riko by one length.
Subsequently far from disgraced in finishing third to Frodon at Kempton on his final start back in January in the Silviniaco Conti Chase he makes his seasonal return to action having had wind surgery and there’s every chance of a big run from the Seven Barrows inmate although he’s perhaps at his best on flatter, sharper tracks than here.
He’s failed to win in five starts here although he has twice made the frame – one each over hurdles and fences – and he could run a big race here; however he’d make more appeal if this were run on a less testing track and he could be worth opposing on that basis.
Dual-winning hurdler who got off to a good start over fences, building on a chase debut second to post back-to-back wins which included here last December with a defeat of Good Boy Bobby prior to seeing off Al Dancer at Doncaster.
The second of the Nicky Henderson-trained runners he lost little caste in defeat when finishing fourth to Samcro in the Marsh Novices’ Chase last Cheltenham Festival but he was disappointing back here on his return in the Paddy Power Gold Cup where he pulled up.
He might have needed that outing and can be expected to be sharper for the run; but his jumping can occasionally let him down which is a slight worry. However he’s still only a six-year old and there’s room to improve so it would be no surprise to see him running well.
Second of Tom George’s two runners and a very capable chaser who won twice during the 2018/19 season with wins at Leicester and Huntingdon prior to tackling Grade Ones at Cheltenham and Aintree where he performed with credit.
Lightly-raced last term where he got back to winning ways at Warwick in February he has run well on both starts this campaign, finishing runner-up to Nuts Well in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree before getting back on the mark at Wetherby with a defeat of Gala Ball.
This is tougher back in Graded company and he’s yet to win out of handicaps so he could find this level just too much of a test. He can give a good account however but others look to hold stronger claims.
High-class chaser on his day who’s no stranger to the winners’ enclosure and he returned there in February when scoring at Sandown in a handicap having been readily brushed aside the time before by Defi Du Seuil in last season’s Tingle Creek Chase.
He may have found heavy ground against him on his next outing at Doncaster and he didn’t shape too badly on his recent seasonal return behind Rouge Vif here in October where he eventually finished fourth.
That was his first run following wind surgery and although he appeared to run in snatches he kept on well and ought to be better for the run. This is just his fourth start at the longer trip over which he’s twice placed, but he’s another yet to score outside a handicap although he’s top-rated in the field.
Paul Nicholls however has yet to win this race and that drought could continue with the Kapgarde gelding possibly finding a couple too good at this higher level.
Won three times in France for Guillame Macaire prior to joining this yard and the Enrique gelding continued his winning run when successful on his first start for Venetia Williams although he was disappointing next time at Kempton where he beat only one home behind Global Citizen when tackling the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase.
He ran well on his reappearance behind Magic Saint here in November, finding only that one too strong but finishing nine lengths’ clear of the third although the winner didn’t uphold that form on his next outing.
Still lightly raced however there could be more to come from him although he likely needs to find a decent chunk of improvement to feature upped in both class and trip.
Initially took well to chasing, winning his first three starts which included the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase, beating Kalashnikov, but Mick Channon’s charge was an early casualty in the 2019 Arkle Chase where he unseated his rider and he subsequently pulled up at Aintree next time behind Amy Murphy’s charge.
The Mahler gelding raced just once last term which saw him finish third at Newbury behind Oldgrangewood and he was a faller on his latest reappearance at Exeter in the Haldon Gold Cup although well beaten off at the time of his departure.
Tendency to make a mistake has to be a big worry in a race where his jumping will need to come up to scratch; but he has no issues stamina-wise having won over three miles in the past. Dangerous to discount if his jumping holds up and he’ll be fitter for his recent reappearance so a big run wouldn’t surprise assuming he can keep mistakes down.
High-class hurdler who went close here in the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle having won three times previously which included a big success in the Betfair Hurdle; Amy Murphy’s charge subsequently switched to chasing where he won his first two starts over the larger obstacles in good fashion and he looked a chaser to follow.
Things didn’t gone entirely to plan in the wake of those victories, twice beaten in Grade Two contests but he was in the process of running well when hampered and unseating his rider in the 2019 Arkle Chase. He quickly bounced back however at Aintree to win the Manifesto Chase and he ran well without adding to his tally last term in four starts including behind Altior in the Game Spirit Chase although he was no match for that easy winner having been badly hampered by a faller and losing his position.
Following wind surgery he ran well again under a big weight back over hurdles at Haydock last month and likely to be sharper for that outing Amy Murphy’s Kalanisi gelding can make his presence felt back over fences.
Any prospect of rain won’t harm his chances and it would be no surprise to see him delivering a big performance returning to chasing.
PETERBOROUGH CHASE TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT
An open renewal of this valuable rearranged prize and it could pay to side with KALASHNIKOV to get back on the scoresheet having warmed up for this with a solid performance under top-weight at Haydock recently over timber.
The Kalanisi gelding has run to a consistently high level over fences since his three wins as a novice and he can be forgiven his last run in this sphere at Newbury in the Game Spirit Chase back in February where he was badly hampered by the fall of Bun Doran at the third fence and he was never able to get involved thereafter.
He travelled well over hurdles at Haydock on his return and he should strip fitter for the outing so dropping back in trip returning to fences should suit and it would be no surprise to see a big run from the seven-year old on just his second outing since wind surgery.