Saturday Cheltenham best bets – November Meeting day two tips through the card

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Saturday Cheltenham best bets

We return to the home of jumps racing for another fantastic afternoon of equine action over the sticks with the second day of the November Meeting. Our tipping team go through the seven-race card and pick out their Saturday Cheltenham best bets for every race.

Punters have a Saturday treat in store with the second day of the Cheltenham November Meeting featuring the Paddy Power Gold Cup as well as Grade Two action on a classy seven-race card at the home of jumps racing.

The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance again with four more races live from Prestbury Park including the feature event, the competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup, and our tipping team has assessed the day’s seven race card to pick out their Saturday Cheltenham best bets for every race.


12:30 Cheltenham – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Registered As The Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (3yo) 2m½f

The opener on day two of the November Meeting can go to MAGISTRATO who found only a subsequent Listed winner too good on his only start in France for David Cottin prior to joining Paul Nicholls and the Kapgarde gelding wasted no time in showing improvement for his new yard when impressively landing the spoils at Chepstow on his first start of the campaign at Chepstow.

He still appeared in need of the experience on that occasion where he took a fierce hold and occasionally jumped to his left, but he is surely capable of better on the back of that performance which ought to have brought him on and he can surely find some improvement to follow up.

This looks a very good renewal of this Grade Two contest with unbeaten Knight Salute and Mister Allegro in opposition alongside others but the Ditcheat runner is very much one to be interested in and he ought to go close.

1:05 Cheltenham – Jewson Tool Hire Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m1f

It may be worth chancing MINELLA ENCORE to come out on top here having had the benefit of a recent run and he’s still relatively unexposed as a chaser with just five starts over fences.

A capable yet lightly raced performer he made the breakthrough over fences when last seen at Fakenham last month, showing the benefit of another wind operation to readily see off Rocky’s Treasure and assuming he turns out here in similar form then Richard Newland’s charge could be capable of a follow up.

He did well to win last time having been badly hampered by a loose horse and the rider also losing his irons; but he was far enough clear for those incidents not to have affected the result and a repeat of that performance should put him in the mix.

That loose horse won a Grade Three contest next time out when going in at Ascot and partnered by a good amateur on top with a 5lbs claim to help his cause he can post a big run with more improvement over fences not ruled out for all this is a tougher assignment than last time.

Saturday Cheltenham best bets. Dr Richard Newland can saddle a Cheltenham winner on Saturday.

Saturday Cheltenham best bets. Dr Richard Newland can saddle a Cheltenham winner on Saturday.

1:40 Cheltenham – From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As The November) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

It was hard not to have been impressed by the way THIRD TIME LUCKI demolished rivals over course and distance on his chase debut last month and Dan Skelton’s charge can follow up here.

The Arcadio gelding was a smart winner over hurdles last term, scoring three times from six starts and running well for sixth place in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and he turned in another solid run when fourth behind the same rival, Belfast Banter, at Aintree in a Grade One.

Switched to the larger obstacles and having undergone a wind operation he jumped with aplomb to score readily from Buddy Rich who has won since to boost the form and he rates the one to beat as an exciting chasing prospect.

2:15 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f

MIDNIGHT SHADOW struck his last career success when capitalising on the fall of of Champ at this venue in the 2020 Dipper Novices’ Chase and Sue Smith’s charge might be worth siding with here to get back on the winning trail despite his lengthy losing run.

The Midnight Legend gelding has been largely consistent in defeat since that victory and he has contested at a very decent level, including finishing third back over this course and distance last December in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup from 1lb higher in the weights.

He should be spot on here having taken in a recent run in the Old Roan Chase where he faded only late on behind race-fit Allmankind having gone well for a long way and he has to be considered given he has a pretty fair record at this venue and is handicapped to go well on his best form.

2:50 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m

It might be worth giving a chance to SPORTING JOHN who goes back over hurdles here having struggled with his jumping in Grade One company over fences last term despite winning the Scilly Isles Chase in February, producing a remarkable performance where he was all but tailed off to overhaul the bold jumping Shan Blue on the run-in and win going away.

Philip Hobbs’ charge had proven himself a very decent hurdler in a light campaign and he suffered his only defeat over hurdles at this venue in the 2020 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, finishing seventh behind Envoi Allen.

He looked more of a stayer in that contest so it was little surprise that he eventually ended up over three miles on his last outing at Aintree in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase where he disappointed with his jumping and was eventually pulled up.

He’s since had a wind operation and now back in Listed company on his reappearance over hurdles there’d be no surprise in seeing him get back on track here.

Saturday Cheltenham best bets. Gowel Road could relish the extra yardage to regain the winning thread at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Saturday Cheltenham best bets. Gowel Road could relish the extra yardage to regain the winning thread at Cheltenham on Saturday.

3:25 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m5f

GOWEL ROAD hasn’t had the best of times since posting successive victories at Newbury last season although to be fair to Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge he did take in a good level of competition thereafter, competing at the Cheltenham Festival in the County Hurdle where he finished down the field and latterly shaping as if needing the run at Chepstow on his return in the Silver Trophy.

He finished sixth last time behind Orby’s Legend, keeping on at one pace and he’ll be sharper with that under his belt, while this is a slightly easier assignment he takes in and the increase in yardage for this latest outing ought to be of benefit so he could find some improvement.

He’s still a relatively unexposed sort and the handicapper eases him 2lbs in the weights so on the back of his recent return he could go well here and can resume winning ways.

3:55 Cheltenham – Stirrups Restaurant And Cocktail Bar Evesham Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f

The closing bumper on day two often throws up a useful one and LEADING THEATRE can land the spoils for the in-form Fergal O’Brien team.

Placed in a point-to-point in Ireland prior to joining this yard the Leading Light mare has shown up well in a pair of Worcester bumper outings, winning both and latterly running out an easy six lengths’ victor over Percy Pi where she barely came off the bit and looked a potentially smart prospect.

The third from that contest has won since to give the form a boost and while she’s not been seen out since the yard’s runners are flying at present and she’s sure to be ready for this step up in class on her reappearance where a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise for all this is tougher.