Cheltenham November Meeting – Day 1 Preview & Betting Tips

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Cheltenham's November Meeting gets underway on Friday afternoon with a six-race card (1.15pm-4.05pm) from the home of jumps racing.

Cheltenham The Stayers' Hurdle Day

The Cotswolds venue is set for three days of superb racing over the coming weekend and you can watch every single race via live streaming when logged into MansionBet.

Our tipster has selections for Friday’s six races at Cheltenham.

1.15 – Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2m)

Lots of chances in a tough opener for punters. Dual course winner Magic Dancer could be one at a price if this longer trip suits him as he’s now dipped below his previous win-mark.

Induno and Castle Robin are other notables, but PLAYA BLANCA finished second behind a well-handicapped rival at Newbury last week when bidding for a five-timer over hurdles and Seamus Mullins’ charge should be in the shake-up again from an unchanged mark of 124 now.

Selection: Playa Blanca @ 16/1

1.50 -Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (2m)

On The Slopes should be sharper for his comeback at the Showcase Meeting here, while Magic Saint similarly had a pipe-opener at Aintree and should go well too.

Ready preference though is for the Venetia Williams-trained FANION D’ESTRUVAL. He was most impressive at Newbury last November after arriving from France and while he couldn’t justify favouritism in the Grade 2 Wayward Lad at Kempton over Christmas, he wasn’t beaten far in a strong renewal; form that has started to work out rather well.

He should be tuned up for this comeback and makes solid appeal from a mark of 150 under Charlie Deutsch.

Selection: Fanion D’Estruval @ 4/1

2.25 – Sss Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices’ Chase (2m4f)

Southfield Stone obliged over C&D three weeks ago for Paul Nicholls in a small field but, whilst this is again low on number, he may be running into a useful opponent in PROTEKTORAT as Dan Skelton looks to get one over on his old boss.

The selection was impressive at Carlisle last month on chasing bow and has scope for plenty progress, while he gets a handy 3lb from his main rival in the betting.

Mossy Fen didn’t see out three miles here last time but Nigel Twiston-Davies’ contender is not dismissed in great haste back in distance.

Selection: Protektorat @ 6/4

3.00 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m6f)

EASYSLAND burst Tiger Roll’s bubble at The Festival in March and is 2-2 over this unique Cross Country course. The French six-year-old arguably is only going to get better and, on today’s terms, he’s 4lb better off with Gordon Elliott’s star having beaten him by 17-lengths last time.

Tiger Roll’s main aim surely will be the spring – both here and at Aintree – and this looks to be Easysland’s race to lose.

Selection: Easysland @ 8/13

3.35 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m5f)

DOES HE KNOW produced his best performance to date when scoring over C&D at the Showcase Meeting three weeks ago and the five-year-old arguably faces a more straightforward task now.

Trainer Kim Bailey continues to be in scintillating form (28 per-cent strike-rate previous fortnight) and his charge has a great chance to make it 3-3 this season.

Chepstow winner Grand Mogul must build on that maiden win for Nicky Henderson while Ballymillsy could do likewise for Team Twiston-Davies.

Selection: Does He Know @ 6/4

4.05 – Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2m½f)

The Bees Knees made a mockery of his opening handicap mark at Musselburgh recently and rates a big danger under his penalty for trainer Fergal O’Brien, with Max Kendrick’s claim again assisting.

Stablemate Art Approval should also be on the premises switching into handicaps in what is a strong assault from the yard. ONE TRUE KING might get local handler Nigel Twiston-Davies on the scoreboard, however.

He took the silver medal over C&D last month behind an impressive winner, form that has been advertised since, and raised just 2lb, he has scope for improvement and to be a contender under the trainer’s son Sam.

Selection: One True King @ 7/2

*All odds correct at time of writing.

Enda is a journalist who specialises in horse racing, especially the action in the UK and Ireland, and has shared his racing betting tips on a number of well-known publications and websites over the last 10 years.

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