Sunday 17 November ITV Racing tips – Tips in the televised races at Cheltenham and Fontwell

Brian Healy takes a look through the televised races coming to us live from Cheltenham and Fontwell on Sunday, providing readers with his tips in all six races.

The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Sunday with the continuation and culmination of the Cheltenham November Meeting where five races will be shown live from the premier jumps racing track including the rescheduled Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase which was lost to the weather on Friday.

The Grade Two Shloer Chase is also on the agenda alongside the Grade Two Arkle Trophy Trial Chase and Sharp Novices’ Hurdle, while the competitive Grade Three Greatwood Handicap Hurdle also features on a cracking afternoon of live TV action.

There is also racing from Fontwell on Sunday’s broadcast where the latest renewal of the Southern National takes centre stage at the West Sussex track.

1:15 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m6f
1:50 Cheltenham – Racing Post #responsiblegambling Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:25 Cheltenham – Shloer Chase (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:40 Fontwell – MansionBet Southern National Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m3½f
3:00 Cheltenham – Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
3:30 Cheltenham – Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to offer their expert tips, insights and post-race analysis of the day’s racing action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race tips for Sunday’s telly racing.

1:15 Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m6f

The heavy ground could prove an issue for some, but not so KINGSWELL THEATRE (6/1 Unibet) who won this prize two years ago from just 1lb lower in the weights, and the King’s Theatre gelding could regain his crown here.

Michael Scudamore’s charge beat Vicomte Du Seuil in that contest enroute to finishing fourth in the December equivalent; but he was absent for more than one year following that contest until returning in the Festival Cross Country contest where he finished sixth behind Tiger Roll.

That was a decent effort, and he subsequently went close to winning the West Wales National on his next outing; and he should be sharper for his recent return behind The Caller at Sedgefield last month where he went well for a long way before his lack of sharpness took it’s toll. He had had a wind operation ahead of that return, and he could do better this time around with a run under his belt.

More recent wins have come on better ground, but he has won on soft and heavy ground earlier in his career and he looks handicapped to run a big race so could be worth chancing to build on that recent Sedgefield outing now.

Al Dancer winning nicely on his chasing debut during the Showcase Meeting.

1:50 Cheltenham – Racing Post #responsiblegambling Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

AL DANCER (7/4 Unibet) quickly warmed to his task over fences when making a winning chase debut over course and distance last month, readily beating the reopposing Getaway Trump into third, and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can build on that initial experience to follow up here.

The Al Namix gelding developed into a high-class hurdler last term, winning four of his five starts over timber which included the Betfair Hurdle prior to running a creditable tenth when thrust into the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle behind Klassical Dream.

Following a couple of early tentative jumps on his chase debut, including a mistake at the third, he grew noticeably in confidence as the race unfolded and he ran out an easy winner in the end, scoring by four lengths.

He now has to give 3lbs to the reopposing Getaway Trump, but the manner of his success suggested there’ll be more to come, and while both will benefit from that recent run in terms of fitness he can confirm the places with the prospect of further improvement so is taken to strike again at the expense of that rival.

2:25 Cheltenham – Shloer Chase (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

DEFI DU SEUIL (6/4 Unibet) disappointed in the novice chase on this card twelve months ago, but Philip Hobbs’ charge quickly consigned that effort to history and went on to win three of his next five which included both the Scilly Isles Novices; Chase and the JLT Novices’ Chase, with both coming at the expense of Lostintranslation.

The Voix Du Nord gelding had disappointed over hurdles the season following his excellent novices’ campaign in that sphere, so connections won’t be hoping for similar as he steps out of novice company over fences this term.

He rounded off last season with a very good second behind Chancun Pour Soi in the Ryanair Novice Chase during the Punchestown Festival, beaten around four lengths but possibly just feeling the faster ground on that occasion.

But he acts well in softer ground, and these conditions will be more suitable on his reappearance. There is a chance he might need this, and he has been beaten on both his seasonal returns; but in receipt of weight from his three rivals he looks the one to beat if turning out here fully fit, and he can make a winning return to action.

2:40 Fontwell – MansionBet Southern National Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m3½f

Shanroe Santos is only 1lb higher than when winning this prize twelve months ago, but the defending champion might need this on his reappeance and CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK (3/1 Unibet) could prove the answer having looked in need of his reappearance at Wincanton three weeks ago.

Paul Nicholls’ Black Sam Bellamy gelding found improvement last term switching to chasing, winning two of his four starts which included here in April with a defeat of Station Master, and there could be better to come from him on the back of his reappearance behind Wandrin Star.

Conditions shouldn’t pose an issue as a dual-winner in heavy ground over hurdles, and he has been eased 1lb in the weights following that return which should have left him sharper heading into this contest so every chance he can build on the run to get back on the scoresheet under his good conditional rider.

While does have a fair bit of weight to carry over this marathon trip, he remains unexposed as a staying chaser and might have more in the locker to come, so he could be worth siding with to get back to winning ways.

Captain Cattistock winning at Cheltenham in 2017.

3:00 Cheltenham – Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

With the potential for a decent pace in the contest, BENNY’S BRIDGE (13/2 Unibet) could keep up the red-hot form of the Fergal O’Brien yard with success in this competitive handicap, and the Beneficial gelding can post a big effort.

Steadily progressive last term, winning twice which included over this course back in January when beating Flash The Steel, he also won at Market Rasen in March having ran creditably in the Imperial Cup where he finished seventh behind Malaya although he rounded off his season with a slightly disappointing run back at Sandown behind Getaway Trump.

However, there was plenty to like about his impressive reappearance win over course and distance last month where he beat Falcon Sun by eight lengths readily, and there could be more to come from him despite having been raised 10lbs in the weights as a consequence of that success.

He is 2-2 at this venue, and he could still have scope to improve and defy his new mark if handling the softer ground here, and with his yard in top form of late he can go well here.

3:30 Cheltenham – Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

The unbeaten Pacify puts his record on the line, but Jamie Snowden’s charge could find the concession of 5lbs to the progressive ECCO (5/2 Unibet) just too much to overcome, and Paul Nicholls charge gets the vote to make it a hat-trick of wins.

The Maxios gelding showed up well in both hurdles starts last term, finishing sixth on debut in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton prior to filling the same spot when pitched into the Triumph Hurdle on just his second outing where he was beaten around twelve lengths behind Pentland Hills.

He has since returned from seven months off the track and wind surgery to easily win both outings this term at Wincanton and Ascot respectively, the latter of which is usually a decent contest with a history of turning up future classy sorts so the Ditcheat representative could have more to come here as he chases his three-timer.

He has more testing conditions to deal with here, but the ground did ride on the softer side of good latest and if he can cope with the mud this time around then it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him strike again where he can take full advantage of the weight he receives.


1:15 Cheltenham – KINGSWELL THEATRE

1:50 Cheltenham – AL DANCER

2:25 Cheltenham – DEFI DU SEUIL


3:00 Cheltenham – BENNY’S BRIDGE

3:30 Cheltenham – ECCO