It’s the middle afternoon of Cheltenham’s November Meeting on Saturday with a seven-race card at jumps racing Headquarters (12.30pm-3.55pm).
The feature contest is the Paddy Power Gold Cup at 2.15pm on what is a strong card.
You can watch all the Cheltenham action – as well as every UK and Irish race – via live streaming when logged into MansionBet and our tipster has got selections for the action in the Cotswolds.
12.30 – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m½f)
Hell Red was impressive when careering away to win at Chepstow last month, the French import starting his time with Paul Nicholls in superb fashion. He, along with fellow import and Warwick winner Adagio are respected, though the latter will have to hurdle more fluently in this company.
Gordon Elliott’s DUFFLE COAT is a perfect 3-3 over timber after scoring in a Listed event at Wetherby late last month.
He can become the first Irish-trained winner of this race since Al Eile back in 2003 despite the penalty he carries as he should stay strong up the Cheltenham hill under Robbie Power.
Selection: Duffle Coat @
1.05 – South West Syndicate Handicap Chase (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders, 3m1f)
Top-weight Kilfilum Cross has claims despite his burden in this amateur riders’ race while Arthur’s Gift represents local trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and can have a say if he gets around in one piece.
LAMANVER PIPPIN earns the nod in the hope Colin Tizzard has him ready to fire. He was a good winner at Chepstow in November last and then finished a remote third in the National Hunt Chase here in March over an exhaustive trip. There should be more to come from him down in distance.
Selection: Lamanver Pippin @
1.40 – From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Grade 2, 2m)
Quel Destin is a fascinating chase debutant for Paul Nicholls but this is a tough starting point.
Eldorado Allen made a bright start over fences at Newton Abbot for Colin Tizzard and has his chance, while Gumball’s jumping was much better at Uttoxeter last month when he got on the scoresheet on second chase start.
He’d earlier finished a long way behind FUSIL RAFFLES at the same track and, while he may get closer now, Nicky Henderson’s charge has excellent claims having scored over C&D at The Showcase Meeting with a minimum of fuss last month.
He meets his fences accurately and his winning time compared favourably with Rouge Vif on the same card. He looks a very promising prospect for top connections.
Selection: Fusil Raffles @
2.15 – Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3, 2m4f)
The betting shows just how competitive this Grade 3 handicap promises to be. Simply The Betts is 2-2 over fences here, goes well fresh and looks capable of further improvement this season. He is the most likely winner.
Mister Fisher and Al Dancer are closely matched, the latter representing a locally-based trainer with an exceptional record in this race. No shock should the Twiston-Davies contender go close.
For some each-way value THE RUSSIAN DOYEN may go well for Colin Tizzard. He was promising as a novice over fences in 2018/19 and missed most of last season after a disappointing return at Aintree in November.
He finished third at Fontwell over timber last month on his return and, off 138, could go well here if he’s back on track.
Selection: The Russian Doyen @
2.50 – Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed, 3m)
Progressive Silver Trophy second Tea Clipper led the betting for this before his defection this morning on account of the forecast softening ground. That leaves Mrs Milner holding favouritism for Irish trainer Paul Nolan.
She’s unexposed and made appeal at an each-way price before the jolly came out, but now looks short.
David Pipe’s team are flying right now and POKER PLAY earns a speculative call here. He struggled in good chases last season after a winning return at Ffos Las.
He may be on a decent mark back over timber and with the yard in form and his ability to go well off a break proven, this might a good time to catch him – especially if the forecast rain has arrived by post-time.
Selection: Poker Play @
3.25 – Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (2m5f)
Son Of Camas has potential on handicap bow for Nicky Henderson. He’s undergone a wind op since a poor showing at The Festival here in March but the market is taking no chances with him.
TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS is another handicap debutant with claims of going well, his third in a C&D novice last month having been advertised yesterday when the winner won a Grade 2 in good fashion here. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner should give a solid account at a fair price.
Captain Tom Cat won well over C&D last month under Cillin Leonard and, despite going up 7lb, is fancied to be on the premises again.
Selection: Topofthecotswolds @
3.55 – Karndean Designflooring Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed, 2m½f)
A strong mares’ bumper to end the card, with ten runners and eight of them having won their previous starts.
Ishkhara Lady defied a long absence to make it 2-2 in bumpers when scoring at Uttoxeter recently and joins Ludlow debut winner Jersey Lady on the shortlist but Aintree winner Elle Est Belle and Fontwell scorer UCANAVER make most appeal.
Anthony Honeyball’s filly routed the field last time and her February debut second at Huntingdon for previous trainer Adam West is also strong form. The yard is in super form (42 per cent strikerate lately) and this speedy sort has excellent claims, albeit in a deep race.
Selection: Ucanaver @
*All odds correct at time of writing