Cheltenham December Gold Cup | Tremendous Scottish holding main Irish hopes

Cheltenham November Meeting

Anytime motion is on at Prestbury Park, the weekend is at all times an pleasant one and that doesn’t change for this yr’s Cheltenham December Gold Cup assembly.

Yesterday noticed a possible winner of the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle strut her stuff on her maiden outing on the course whereas the Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Nation Handicap Chase revealed a possible Grand Nationwide horse.

Earlier than we begin speaking about at the moment’s fancies, a fast phrase ought to go to the bottom circumstances on day one of many Cheltenham Christmas assembly as instances from the primary three races steered the course was in nice nick.

The general instances weren’t too far off normal and though they did sluggish up all through the day, a dry evening might recommend the course is using only a small bit faster than the official going of sentimental.

Anyway, with a giant day of motion forward of us, listed below are my foremost performs.


1:15 Cheltenham – Aucunrisque @ 9/2 with BetVictor – 1pt Win

Embed from Getty Photographs

The mid-week cash got here for In Excelsis Deo on the head of the market, and though he must be given good consideration, I assumed Chris Gordon’s Aucunrisque could possibly be the forgotten horse of the afternoon.

Final season’s Betfair Hurdle winner blended between hurdles and fences final season, with Gordon eager to utilize each handicap marks within the completely different disciplines.

Aucunrisque is at all times to the fore within the characteristic @Betfair Hurdle and gamely fends off the late cost of favorite Filey Bay to attain within the arms of Nick Scholfield for the red-hot @Chrisgordonrac1 workforce 🏆

— Newbury Racecourse (@NewburyRacing) February 11, 2023

So, whereas his hurdles mark rose to 147 after his Newbury success, his chase mark remained at 144 and even obtained a two-pound drop after final month’s fifth within the Jim Barry Hurst Park Handicap Chase.

Though a score of 142 is 4 kilos above his final successful mark, the seven-year-old has good kind within the e book to recommend he might nonetheless win off a lenient mark.

Final season’s marketing campaign started with a novice chase success over Jetoile at Uttoxeter, kind that appears good because the runner-up has improved 20lbs thanks to 3 victories, one in every of which was within the Previous Roan Chase.

RACE 3 RESULTS – @BresBet Now Betting On Worldwide Racing Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

🥇 Aucunrisque

Jockey: @tomcannon2

Coach: @chrisgordon68

House owners: Goodwin Racing Ltd

📸: @nigekirby

— Uttoxeter Racecourse (@UttoxeterRaces) October 2, 2022

After that, he completed second off 138 to Frere D’Armes at Newbury, a race that noticed the third, Datsalrightgino, win the Coral Gold Cup subsequently and the fifth, Balco Coastal, end second to Gerri Colombe within the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase in February.

One month later, Aucunrisque completed a superb second to Boothill within the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase earlier than his Betfair Hurdle success within the new yr.

One run over fences and one run over hurdles this season ought to have him race match for at the moment’s job.


1:50 Cheltenham – So Scottish @ 9/2 with William Hill – 1pt Win

Embed from Getty Photographs

All week, So Scottish has been my foremost hope for the December Gold Cup, and as of this morning, the cash has come for him.

6/1 is now only a reminiscence as bookies have squeezed the six-year-old into 9/2 and 4/1, and you may see why.

Emmet Mullins’ enhancing Martaline gelding upset on the backend of final season, however earlier than his common seventh within the Plate on the Cheltenham Pageant, he ran properly when second to Boothill (then rated 140, now rated 18lbs increased) over 2m1f.

Good efficiency! Boothill holds off So Scottish to win at @Ascot for @JohnnyBurke2 and @HarryFryRacing1…

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 19, 2022

Previous to that run, he gained over 2m4f at Carlisle and thrashed Railway Hurricane, who reopposes at the moment, at Tipperary in October 2022.

With a run below his belt at Gowran Park on heavy floor, he ought to choose the step up in journey and good racing floor, so hopefully, he could make use of his lenient 141 score.

Nevertheless, he isn’t the one one I’m backing within the December Gold Cup.


1:50 Cheltenham – Do Your Job @ 28/1 with William Hill – 0.5pt EW

Embed from Getty Photographs

In case he is able to win off a really engaging mark, I’m having a saver on Do Your Job at a giant value every manner.

The nine-year-old has upset on his final 5 runs, although the type of his victory at Ayr within the Grade 2 Future Champion Novices’ Chase in 2022 appears excellent.

🐎 Do Your Job 🐎

The progressive novice (11/8 fav) goes about his enterprise in skilled type to offer @MichaelScu with a primary Grade 2 success at @ayrracecourse. @richpatrick17 did the steering.

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 2, 2022

The second, Minella Drama, has formally improved 11lbs since, and Il Ridoto, a normal 8/1 probability for at the moment’s characteristic contest, was again in third.

Moreover, he acquired to inside 10 lengths of Edwardstone within the 2021 Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase, a race that had the now 149-rated Solo again in third.

When you fully low cost final season, Lucinda Russell’s Fame And Glory gelding appears well-handicapped off 136 and the New Course check of Prestbury Park over 2m4f ought to go well with properly.


3:00 Cheltenham – Moon D’Orange @ 12/1 with BetVictor – 1pt EW

Embed from Getty Photographs

Lastly, for the primary picks, I’m taking an opportunity that Moon D’Orange might take a giant step up on his first begin in Graded firm.

The five-year-old has progressed properly for John McConnell, who’s lastly discovering some kind, since his fourth in a 2m4f maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on December twenty eighth, a race that was gained by Henry de Bromhead’s Deep Cave with Lot Of Pleasure and Agency Footings filling the locations.

Quick-forward to this season and after an unseating at Galway, he ran a terrific race to complete second to the thrilling Johnnywho at Carlisle in November with Whistle Cease Tour, an 18-length novice hurdle winner, again in third.

👀 Johnnywho keep in mind the title!

🐎 The @JonjoONeill educated gelding makes a formidable debut over hurdles at the moment @CarlisleRaces within the Beaumont Novices’ Hurdle below @JJONeillJnr

😍 A sensible prospect for this season!

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 5, 2023

Having stepped up in journey on his newest begin, the Spanish Moon gelding rallied for stress regardless of idling barely on the run to the successful put up; as such, connections have reached for the first-time cheekpieces at the moment.

In a race that isn’t a classic renewal, McConnell might have one other probability to land a pre-Pageant Cheltenham winner, one thing he did with ease final season.



Over at Hereford, Lime Avenue appears able to win at 9/4 on his second begin in handicap firm (1:35). Higher floor is vital for him and Angus Cheleda claims a priceless 5 kilos within the saddle. 1pt Win.

Within the 2:25 at Cheltenham, Malina Woman at 6/1 could possibly be a possible Grand Nationwide horse and though she has an additional 11 kilos to hold at the moment, the five-pound declare of Conor Stone-Walsh will negate a few of that. She was spectacular final day out and the bottom must be high quality. 1pt EW.

Thanks, Malina Woman.

Wanted a pleasant one there and she or he scoots clear at 10/1. #Cheltenham

— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) November 19, 2023

Lastly, within the final, Nurse Susan at 13.2 holds loads of attraction in a handicap off 125. She had a giant break between her fourth at within the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in 2022 and her reappearance at Exeter final month, however a return to hurdles ought to go well with and she is going to now be race match. Dan Skelton charges her extremely and could possibly be helpful off 125. 1pt Win

Author: Patrick Thomas