Friday 11th November – Cheltenham Selections

Today sees the start of the three day Open metting at Cheltenham and the feature is the concluding Novice Chase, which sees Grand Crus take on Cue Card. I slightly favour the latter horse trained by Colin Tizzard, but don’t see this as a betting heat.

Earlier in the afternoon Alan King’s Oh Crick is worth supporting each-way.This 8-y-o won at the Festival meeting and then followed up at Aintree two years ago and his handicap mark suffered accordingly.  However, his mark is now returning to a winning level, he races off 141 compared to his last winning mark of 139.  Back on a course he goes well at, 15.00 offered by several bookmakers is too large.

Some ante-post wagers on the Paddy Power handicap chase and The Greatwood hurdle have already been suggested, but after final declarations I suggest adding two further bets as foll0ws:

  • In the Paddy Power 50£ in Free bets! handicap chase, I know Charlie Mann was delighted to just make the cut and despite racing slightly out of the handicap, by 1lbs after the riders’ claim is deducted, I believe he has a live each-way chance.  Sportingbet 100£ in Free bets! offer a stand-out 34.00 and the each-way recommended previously should be topped up.
  • After the declarations for the Greatwood hurdle which takes place on Sunday, I think it worth supporting Colin Tizzard’s Third Intention as well as the previoulsy advised Kumbeshwar.  Despite 4-y-o’s not having a great record in this race (only 1 win since 1988) both of these horses look to have a real chance.  Third Intention should be backed each-way at 21.00 with Boylesports 20£ in Free bets! after a promising reappearance at Ascot.

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