5 To Comply with: Taking A Noble Hit

Four To Follow: Happy New Year!

After final week’s freeze out, the Cheltenham Trials assembly is bound to heat us all up. The celebrities come out to play, with Jonbon, Paisley Park, The Actual Whacker and Il Ridoto to call just a few. Plus, Doncaster has a incredible card to play the help act to Cheltenham. There’s a lot occurring, we’ve needed to make this week, FIVE to observe!



Rent The Hitman

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1:15 – Cheltenham Countdown Podcast Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) – Hitman @ 17/2 (BetVictor)

Regardless of being the second string for Paul Nicholls within the race, Hitman has loads of credentials. He carried out nicely at Cheltenham in his solely look at Cheltenham. Ending a great third behind Envoi Allen can’t go unnoticed. He has disenchanted since, however a wind op could have cured issues. Freddie Gingell claims a vital 5 kilos to make him have a combating likelihood and brings loads of graded kind into the race.

Grandeur D’Ame may not have brought about plenty of shockwaves, however ending fourth behind Fugitif and Il Ridoto on New Yr’s Day was a incredible achievement. He’s been dropped down three kilos by the handicapper, which places him on phrases with Il Ridoto who reopposes. The latter is defending his crown with 10lbs extra on his again. Grandeur D’Ame has loads of each-way claims at 10/1 (Betfred).

Not many may have heard of Shelia Lewis, however they may have heard of Straw Fan Jack. His final win got here at Cheltenham at 2022 and he has been operating in far too larger firm than he can deal with too lengthy. He slips straight in with a mark of 137 and has gone below the nostril of the punters and will spring a shock at 22/1 (William Hill).


Don’t Keep Away

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1:50 – Cotswold Chase (Grade Two) – Keep Away Fay @ 11/4 (BetVictor, BetUK)

With no top-level chaser within the discipline, the buck falls to Keep Away Fay. And he can ship. On a monitor he’s run at, Nicholl’s has stated that he’s giving Keep Away Fay an analogous prep to final 12 months’s Albert Bartlett run.

Final 12 months’s winner Ahoy Senor has pulled up twice, as soon as on stage weights; Royale Pagaille has by no means impressed at Cheltenham; Datsalrightgino has rather a lot to show on stage weights over this distance and regardless of Paul Townend coming over to journey Capodanno, he is not going to keep the space (See Savills Chase replay.)

It’s a straight match between Keep Away Fay and The Actual Whacker, for my part, with the novice getting the nod.


You Gotta Love It

3:00 – Unibet “Worldwide” Hurdle (Grade Two) – Love Envoi @ 7/2 (BetVictor)

Organisers have moved this race to make it look extra of a Champion Hurdle path. Alas, the Champion Hurdle champion-elect (Structure Hill) doesn’t flip up. However Lossiemouth has her first run of the season right here. And because it’s come so late on within the season, I can solely see it being as a prep race and she or he gained’t be as 100% as we’d like her to be.

As an alternative Love Envoi looms. She’s higher prepped, regardless of lacking her desired race at Lingfield final week. She’s C&D and gave Honeysuckle one hell of a race final March within the Mares’ Hurdle.


A Noble Version

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3:35 – Cleeve Hurdle (Grade Two) – Noble Yeats @ 7/2 (Basic)

It could appear odd that Noble Yeats comes right here relatively than the Cotswold, however Emmet Mullins will need to have the Nationwide on his thoughts. He disenchanted over Christmas at Limerick, however you need to really feel this can be a goal race earlier than both Competition or Nationwide to maintain him trustworthy. Paisley Park has been overwhelmed narrowly in each begins this season. Dashel Drasher stayed on nicely in final 12 months’s renewal, however Noble Yeats might have gained, if not for just a few errors, within the Cotswold Chase final 12 months. A Noble run certainly.



Trying Ahead To This One

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SBK Nice Yorkshire Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) – Ahead Plan @ 9/1 (BetUK)

It’s a really open race, however the floor could offer you a clue. The bottom is described pretty much as good up North after a dry week, which solely favours just a few horses. Certainly one of them being Ahead Plan. Anthony Honeyball’s runner gained an analogous race again December over C&D. He was solely raised 4 kilos and continues to be nicely handled by the handicapper for a much bigger race.

One other horse who loves barely firmer floor is Whistleinthedark. His report on the bottom is a primary and second. He’s all the way down to the identical ranking as he was when ending fourth to Ahead Plan again in December. And along with his opponent being larger can end rather a lot nearer at 22/1 (Unibet).

Prime weight Richmond Lake may need newer kind on heavy floor, however he can go on any type of floor. He’s been dropped two kilos for disappointing at Cheltenham on New Yr’s Day, however Donald McCain’s horses by no means carry out at HQ. His looking floor is extra up North and this appears a extra appropriate race. Exterior likelihood at 33/1 (Basic).

The perfect of luck!

Author: Patrick Thomas