The Cheltenham October Assembly signifies that the jumps are nicely and actually again on the town.
Elegant.@CheltenhamRaces | #HorseRacing pic.twitter.com/NpgDXv6Bcl
— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) October 27, 2023
Whether or not you like seeing two-mile hurdlers rattle across the banked course of Prestbury Park, otherwise you favor watching a three-mile chasing slug it out from the entrance, the house of soar racing has a little bit of all the things right now.
As is the case each week, the three horses beneath are my strongest fancies on what’s a tough day at HQ.
1:15 Cheltenham – Haddex Des Obeaux @ 5/2 – 1pt Win
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The opening contest at Cheltenham is a superb two-mile handicap chase with horses like Earlier than Midnight, Pink Rookie, and Notlongtillmay offering good depth.
That being stated, I’m with the favorite to kick off the day as Haddex Des Obeaux is a horse I’ve a number of time for.
The French-bred six-year-old had a turbulent season for Gary Moore final season thanks to 2 victories, one unfortunate second, and an unseating on seasonal debut.
Tidy show! Haddex Des Obeaux places in a nice spherical of leaping and wins at @DoncasterRaces for @jemoore85 and @gl_racing pic.twitter.com/VPjToyuuOG
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) December 29, 2022
Nevertheless, the category he confirmed on his final two begins of the season proved to many why he might be a Graded horse in time.
The primary of which occurred at Doncaster the place he made all to beat Coastguard Staton, Nero Rock and Datsalrightgino, the latter being a horse who’s rated 11 kilos increased and is a Grade 2-winning novice chaser.
Lower than three weeks later, he jumped brilliantly on heavy floor to bolt up by 19 lengths earlier than he suffered a setback and Moore known as time on his season.
Cracking efficiency 🏇
A nice front-running effort from Haddex Des Obeaux who readily lands the Edward Braveness Cup for @gl_racing & @jemoore85 @WarwickRaces pic.twitter.com/mlsXJfZ0Bn
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) January 14, 2023
Off an official ranking of 146 right now, it seems to be as if connections have a horse for Graded races additional down the road so making use of his lenient handicap mark is an effective technique to kick off the season.
Though In Excelsis Deo seems to be like an fascinating proposition on simply his fifth begin over fences for Harry Fry and might be the each-way angle right into a race like this, Haddex Des Obeaux is a horse I like and hopefully, he can reward my love for him within the opener.
3:00 Cheltenham – Gortmillish @ 12/1 – 1pt EW
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As is the case with many Pertemps Qualifiers, they’re powerful races to discover a sturdy wager in, although the 12/1 value of Gortmillish has caught my consideration.
Educated by Gordon Elliott, somebody who’s a fan of a Cheltenham winner at The Showcase, the seven-year-old involves Prestbury Park with the usual Irish tax utilized to his handicap mark, although the five-pound declare of Danny Gilligan (on his solely trip at Cheltenham right now) ought to assist diminish that.
The three-mile point-to-point winner scored twice for Cullentra Home Stables over hurdles in the summertime; as soon as over two miles when well-fancied at Perth and as soon as over 2m6f at Downpatrick three weeks later.
Delighted to choose up a double @DownpatrickRace right now with Gortmillish (@jackkennedy15) & Foxfire Glow (Mark Walsh).
Congratulations to their homeowners @gingepage75 @davidrabson1 @KtdaRacing & J P McManus.
📸 Healy Racing. pic.twitter.com/HJrqH3v7Bq
— Gordon Elliott (@gelliott_racing) July 13, 2023
The type of his success two begins in the past has labored out nicely since because the second, Charlie Luciano, beat Elliott’s Calico on his subsequent begin and the third, Lisnamult Lad, now has an official ranking of 131 having bolted up by a mixed 44.5 lengths on his subsequent two begins for John McConnell.
For a horse rated 123 over within the UK, that in isolation makes him appear like a well-handicapped horse, and the actual fact he completed a staying-on second to My Mate Mozzie in at Punchestown bumper in April 2021 additional provides to that concept.
Gordon Elliott doubled up @DownpatrickRace with Gortmillish & stated:”He gallops & is absolutely sincere. The observe was a bit tight for him however he gained nicely. I am delighted with him, he is grand horse. No, he will not go to Perth (over an prolonged 2m in three days time), he in all probability needs 3m”
— Irishracing.com Reside (@IrishRacing365) July 13, 2023
If Elliott thinks Gortmillish might be a possible for the Pertemps Last in March, profitable right now would assist enhance his handicap mark to verify he will get into the race, so right now might be the day to catch him.
3:35 Cheltenham – Reverend Hubert @ 4/1 – 2pt Win
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The Irish have a powerful hand within the three-mile novice hurdle later right now, although I’m steering away from the top of the market and placing my belief in Reverend Hubert for Charles and Philip Byrnes.
Firstly, I believe that Willie Mullins’ Excessive Class Hero is kind of a sensible novice hurdler, so it comes with the territory that if a horse can get to inside six lengths of him, they is perhaps above common.
👀 Good debut
Level scorer Excessive Class Hero price £90,000 & opens his account on the first time of asking underneath Guidelines for @WillieMullinsNH & Jody Townend within the finale at @ListowelRaces pic.twitter.com/BUW4R4emh3
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 5, 2023
That’s what Reverend Hubert did on his final begin 35 days in the past on the softer-than-ideal floor at Listowel having travelled nicely into the race across the outdoors of the sphere.
Excessive Class Hero bolted up by seven lengths on his subsequent begin, franking the shape for Charles Byrnes’ five-year-old.
The previous Richard Hannon-trained gelding, who achieved a career-high mark of 86 on the Flat in 2022, broke his maiden tag over hurdles when a facile eight-length winner at Downpatrick on good floor in August; the second, Ringdufferin, gained two-on-the-bounce after that and really runs within the Pertemps Qualifier within the race earlier than.
Charles Byrnes and Philip Byrnes doubled up @DownpatrickRace with Reverend Hubert pic.twitter.com/IELdCHdWVI
— Irishracing.com Reside (@IrishRacing365) August 28, 2023
With kind over two miles on the Flat, I see no motive why Reverend Hubert gained’t keep three miles and his expertise may see him get the higher of Antrim Coast, Gavin Cromwell’s thrice-raced five-year-old who heads the market.