4 To Comply with: Pre-Christmas Cheer

Four To Follow: Pre-Christmas Cheer

Christmas is simply across the nook and Cheltenham serves up some pre-festive cheer with the December Gold Cup. Plus, Protektorat options within the three-mile handicap, and we get a glance in to the Albert Bartlett image with the Bristol Novices’ Hurdle. All three characteristic in right now’s 4 to Comply with.


A Storm Is Brewing

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1:50 – December Gold Cup (Premier H’cap) – Thunder Rock @ 4/1 (William Hill)

Thunder Rock seemed each a part of the winner when successful the Colin Parker at Carlisle. Mahler Mission backed the shape up by stepping up in journey and narrowly missed out on the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury. Thunder Rock has carried out spherical right here earlier than, and crushed Monmiral within the course of, so has each proper to be a well-backed favorite for the race.

An underrated performer within the subject is Frero Banbou. He’s seemed extra comfy stepping up in distance than he did final season, and that’s been evident by inserting in his final two races. His mark is barely two kilos increased than his final successful one and, backed up by Cepage yesterday, Venetia Williams’ horses thrives on any such floor presently of 12 months. First rate each-way probability at 11/1 (BetUK).

Gavin Cromwell is the highest coach at Cheltenham this season to this point. Six winners out of 14 runners at a 43% strike charge, he’s the person at Prestbury Park this season. He’s expressed his disappointment of Railway Hurricane being 5 kilos out of the handicap however has combated that with Connor-Stone-Walsh claiming the 5 kilos. He’s been positioned twice at Cheltenham, and Ginny’s Future has backed up the type of his final race. Fascinating at 22/1 (BetVictor, Betfred).


Let’s Put On A Present

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2:25 – The Solar Handicap Chase (Premier) – Broadway Boy @ 7/2 (William Hill, Betfred, BetUK)

Broadway Boy was nothing wanting phenomenal on his final begin. His love for the course is obvious, however a brand new problem awaits within the galloping nature of the brand new course. Fakir D’oudairies’ addition to the race makes Broadway Boy’s weight mild and his leaping, if something like final time, can put him in a league of his personal.

Elvis Mail could also be extra suited to the borders of Kelso. However a slight three-pound increase within the weights gained’t trigger him a lot hassle. His two wins at this stage ought to put him up there, nevertheless it’s a more durable check. He can keep and he can deal with the bottom too, so why can’t he run a giant race? 12/1 (Normal) says he doesn’t.


Bob’s Your Uncle

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3:00 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade Two) – Shanagh Bob @ 9/4 (BetVictor, Boylesports)

Shanagh Bob is one other a type of thrilling novice hurdlers from the Nicky Henderson yard. After the spectacular Plumpton win, Henderson was reserved in his judgement and is ready to see how he handles the step up in journey. He ought to deal with it, given his sole point-to-point win came to visit three miles.

The proprietor of the potato firm that sponsors this race, Ronnie Bartlett, has a runner within the race that appears fairly thrilling. Cadell is skilled by Lucinda Russell, who’s arguably one of many high trainers up there with the likes of Nicholls and Henderson, and makes a gradual step up in journey, which will likely be relished. Potential has shone by on his first two begins over hurdles at Kelso and will present up right here. Somewhat overpriced at 6/1 (BetVictor, Betfred).


The Native Hero

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2:05 – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle – Bonntay @ 5/2 (Normal)

Paddy Brennan has solely two rides over Friday and Saturday. One was on Dysart Enos, which gained, the opposite is on Bonntay. If Bonntay wins, Brennan will convey up a landmark 1500 profession wins. What higher horse to do it on. A two-time winner across the observe, she steps up in journey for the primary time since Market Rasen, and the primary time as much as two-and-a-half miles. It’s clear she’s been wanting the step up and he or she is a critical horse for the Fergal O’Brien.

The perfect of luck!

Author: Patrick Thomas