Shortlist: The Open Cheltenham Day 2, Friday 11th November 2016

JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Prestbury) (Grade 2) (1) 2m87y 11:40pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 152 159 153 138 156 (Avg 152)

Betting Forecast

$3.5 Wealth des Mottes, $4.33 Defi du Seuil, $9 Dino Velvet, $9.5 East Indies, $11 Diable de Sivola, $13 Nucky Thompson, $17 Red Hot Chilly, $23 Lambeau Field, $41 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

Several of these possess obvious potential, particularly French-recruits Wealth des Mottes and Defi du Seuil. The latter barely broke sweat when making a winning debut for new connections at Ffos Las but preference is for Wealth des Mottes, who looked a fine prospect when scoring at Clairefontaine during the summer. East Indies, hurdles debutant Dino Velvet and Red Hot Chilly are each-way players.

mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase (2) 3m80y 12:15am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 160 164 166 171 163 (Avg 165)

Betting Forecast

$1.28 Thistlecrack, $9 Marinero, $11 Ballycross, $26 Aqalim

Analyst’s Verdict

Thistlecrack‘s three opponents are probably all racing for second place, as last season’s outstanding staying hurdler is already a clear favourite for the Gold Cup in March, having looked a natural on his chase debut at Chepstow on return 18 days ago.

BetVictor Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 3m3f71y 12:50am

Betting Forecast

$7.5 Minella Rocco, $8.5 Sausalito Sunrise, $9 Beg To Differ, $11 Upswing, $12 Cogry, $15 Doctor Harper, $17 Shotgun Paddy, Viconte du Noyer, $19 Alvarado, $21 Fourth Act, $26 Unioniste, Any Currency, $29 Un Ace, $34 Racing Pulse, Midnight Prayer, $41 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

Upswing shaped like a well-handicapped horse in last year’s renewal from a 1 lb lower mark and, as he’s likely to come on plenty for his reappearance last month, he’s expected to take a big hand in the finish once again. The selection split Sausalito Sunrise and Shotgun Paddy (fourth) 12 months ago, so that pair are also well respected.

BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2½m78y 1:25am

Betting Forecast

$6.5 More of That, $9 Frodon, $11 Double Shuffle, $12 As de Mee, $13 Taquin du Seuil, $17 Bouvreuil, $19 Art Mauresque, $21 Stilletto, Village Vic, $23 Sizing Platinum, $26 Aso, Buywise, Annacotty, $29 Sizing Granite, Potters Cross, $34 Ballynagour, Vintage Vinnie, $51 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

Yet another extremely competitive renewal but Taquin du Seuil shaped with plenty of promise over hurdles on his return and could be the answer. Paul Nicholls has won this race twice and is well represented again, As De Mee making the most appeal of his quartet. The selection’s classy-stablemate More of That is another likely player.

Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed) (1) 3m1f67y 3:00am

Betting Forecast

$9 Valhalla, $10 Will O’the West, $11 Fingal Bay, $13 Corrin Wood, Out Sam, Irish Saint, $15 Supreme Vinnie, Allysson Monterg, $17 Goodbye Dancer, Very Extravagant, $19 Some Kinda Lama, The Eaglehaslanded, $23 Sea Light, $26 So Fine, $29 Anteros, $34 Cottersrock

Analyst’s Verdict

This is always a fiercely-competitive handicap. Corrin Wood catches the eye at the bottom of the weights and gets the nod in the hope that a switch to Dan Skelton sees him recapture the form he was capable of at the start of his career. The Eaglehaslanded went the right way in this headgear combination in the spring and should go well on his return. Irish-raider Supreme Vinnie completes the shortlist.

Martin & Co Jewellers Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (3) 2m5f26y 2:35am

Betting Forecast

$11 For Good Measure, Who Dares Wins, $13 Meme’s Horse, Midnight Shot, Black Corton, $15 Red Infantry, Final Nudge, $17 Fortunate George, Robin of Locksley, $21 Top of The Town, Arctic Gold, Traditional Dancer, Solatentif, $26 Board of Trade, Clondaw Cian, $29 Nautical Nitwit, $34 Newsworthy, $51 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

An ultra-competitive handicap, though Red Infantry won with a bit in hand at Sandown last week and, able to race off the same mark, this strong-travelling type is taken to run a big race off bottom weight. Fortunate George is open to further improvement and looks fairly treated on handicap debut, while Who Dares Wins and For Good Measure will also be suited by the demands of the race.

High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat (Listed) (1) 2m87y 3:05am

Betting Forecast

$5 Queen Odessa, $7.5 Irish Roe, $10 Ms Parfois, $11 Brillare Momento, $12 Melangerie, $13 Miss Night Owl, $17 Tokaramore, $21 Canoodle, My Khaleesi, $34 Naranja, Hitherjacques Lady, Pique Rock, $51 bar

Analyst’s Verdict

Irish Roe is an exciting prospect and can make it 3 from 3 in this sphere under 5-time Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Graham Lee, who’s having his first ride at the track since 2013. Queen Odessa narrowly saw off the Grade 2 Aintree winner Kayf Grace at Doncaster when last seen and has leading claims, while Tokaramore, Miss Night Owl and Ms Parfois are also considered.


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