Cheltenham stages a mammoth eight-race card on Friday afternoon, including the re-arranged Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase at 1.50pm, following the abandonment of Huntingdon last Sunday.
ITV4 cameras will show the action from the last five races on the card, three of which we will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for, starting with the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase. Stamina is the name of the game in the 3m 2f Unibet Handicap Chase at 2.25pm, as is the 3m 6f Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at 3.00pm. We will supply Horse Racing tips for both of these races.
Our Tip for the 1.50pm at Cheltenham:
Eight runners and an open renewal of this Grade 2 contest which has been transferred to Prestbury Park following the abandonment of last Sunday’s meeting at Huntingdon. Seven Barrows trainer Nicky Henderson is double-handed, courtesy of Top Notch and Mister Fisher.
The former has been a grand servant for Henderson, winning nine of his 15 starts over fences, but the winner of this race 12 months ago will turn 10 in less than a month and may be vulnerable against some unexposed younger rivals. One such horse being stablemate Mister Fisher.
The six-year-old looked destined for the top after winning novice chases at Cheltenham and Doncaster last season, before finishing a creditable fourth behind Samcro in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the festival, on ground that didn’t really suit the son of Jeremy. However, the mount of Nico de Boinville will have to jump better than was the case when pulling-up in the Paddy Power Gold Cup on his reappearance.
Clondaw Castle, Fanion D’Estruval, Glen Forsa and Kalashnikov are all capable of playing a part on their best form. The selection, however, is the Paul Nicholls-trained Dolos.
Harry Cobden’s mount ran well on his seasonal reappearance when trying to give winner Rouge Vif 5lb on the course, staying on to finish a respectable fourth under a big weight. The seven-year-old, at 160, is the highest rated runner in the race and looks sure to go well in an open contest.
Our Tip for the 2.25pm at Cheltenham:
Despite only seven runners for this 3m 2f handicap chase, there is unlikely to be any hanging around with the likes of Black Corton, Storm Control and Commodore in the race. A situation which could set things up nicely for Irish challenger Court Maid.
Thomas Mullins’ seven-year-old mare is three from four over fences, her most recent victory coming in a 20-runner handicap at Fairyhouse, which the mount of David Mullins won by a long-looking 13 lengths. Running off a mark of 148, Court Maid is due to go up another 4lb in the future and can make it four from five over fences in a race that should suit.
Our Tip for the 3.00pm at Cheltenham:
The defection of the two horses at the top of the weights – Easysland and Potters Corner – has been a godsend for the connections of De Forgotten One, who would have been a full stone and a half out of the handicap had it not been for trainer David Cottin taking issue with the weight allocated to last season’s Cheltenham Festival winner Easysland.
With the race now having a much more open look to it, Jessica Harrington’s challenger Neverushacon is expected to go off favourite following his victory last month in a similar race at Punchestown. Step Back, Kingswell Theatre and Beau Du Brizais will all have their supporters but at the bottom of the weights, the Richard Hobson-trained De Forgotten One certainly takes the eye.
A neck winner at Stratford last October in receipt of 2lb from Lord Du Mesnil (now rated some 35lb higher) when in the care of Tim Vaughan. The Malinas gelding has run twice since joining Hobson, both races coming in France, the latest being a six length victory at Compiegne.
With jockey Felix De Giles in the saddle, who has few peers in this discipline, De Forgotten One can prove the each-way value of the race.
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