The racing motion takes centre stage at Prestbury Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with loads of stars set to be on present throughout the three days.
The Jumps are properly and really again! The three-day November Assembly at Cheltenham is without doubt one of the highlights of the calendar, with the Paddy Energy Gold Cup and Unibet Greatwood Hurdle taking centre stage on what guarantees to be a weekend of magnificent motion at Prestbury Park.
Former Cheltenham Pageant heroes resembling Defi Du Seuil, Tiger Roll and Easysland, together with reigning Paddy Energy Gold Cup heroine Comfortable Diva, all look set to be in motion.
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We’ve picked out 5 horses who look value following at Cheltenham this weekend.
Coach: David Cottin (France).
Race: Glenfarclas Cross Nation Handicap Chase (3.00pm, Friday)
Watch how Easylsand scored on the Cheltenham Pageant
Easysland dethroned Tiger Roll at The Pageant in March with an emphatic victory within the Cross Nation Chase.
The pair look set to face-off as soon as once more on Friday in what guarantees to be a captivating spectacle given Tiger Roll could have a health benefit, and will likely be aided by higher floor at Prestbury Park.
Nonetheless, Easysland may become a really thrilling staying chaser this season. Nonetheless solely six, long-term targets may embrace the Gold Cup and the Grand Nationwide, with coach David Cottin concentrating on additional riches away from the Cross Nation division.
This will likely be a captivating check with Welsh Nationwide (and Digital Grand Nationwide!) hero Potters Nook additionally within the combine, however Easysland has gained his final seven begins and that 17-length victory over Tiger Roll lingers within the reminiscence.
He put his rivals to the sword in extraordinary style in March and he appears to be like to be probably the most thrilling jumpers in coaching.
HORSE: HELL RED
Coach: Paul Nicholls.
Race: JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (12.30pm Saturday)
Properly-regarded by his Ditcheat handler, this €43,000 buy made a trendy begin to life in Britain with a facile 12-length success at Chepstow final month.
The shape has already taken a lift with the fifth (Jersey Gray) successful since. Nicholls has gained this race 4 instances up to now ten years, together with with Quel Destin in 2018 who’s owned, like Hell Purple, by Sir Martin Broughton.
The unbeaten Duffle Coat could be a serious participant if lining up for Gordon Elliott after his latest Wetherby win, while Overpriced Mixer was a miraculous winner underneath Nico de Boinville at Kempton just lately and can also be revered.
Nonetheless, the vibes are optimistic for Hell Purple and he can proceed Nicholls’ glowing 31 per cent strike-rate (on the time of writing).
HORSE: SLATE HOUSE
Coach: Colin Tizzard.
Race: Paddy Energy Gold Cup (2.15pm Saturday)
Slate Home was travelling properly when falling on the second final on this race 12 months in the past
A horse who clearly possesses immense expertise. He gained three of his six begins final time period and would most likely have gained the Paddy Energy had he not tumbled out of the competition on the second-last.
Robbie Energy regarded in cruise management on that event and his frustration after the race was clearly evident. Nonetheless, testomony should go to Slate Home who was a Grade One winner by Boxing Day when producing a wise spherical to win the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.
His activity for this 12 months’s race is clearly trickier. He was rated 147 for final season’s contest and was undoubtedly seen as forward of his handicap mark. 5 kilos greater this 12 months, he additionally arguably takes on barely higher opposition with Merely The Betts, Mister Fisher, Al Dancer and Saint Sonnet thrown into the combination alongside defending champion Comfortable Diva.
Furthermore, Tizzard’s horses simply appear to be needing their first run of the season. Nonetheless, he stays a Grade One winner over fences and nonetheless an thrilling prospect for the Sherborne handler.
HORSE: ELLE EST BELLE
Coach: Dan Skelton.
Race: Karndean Designflooring Mares’ Commonplace Open Nationwide Hunt Flat Race (3.55pm Sunday)
Elle Est Belle scored in excellent fashion on debut
Created a seismic impression with a facile success at Aintree final month.
By no means requested a query by Harry Skelton, the daughter of Fame And Glory failed to return out of second gear as she cantered to a 5 and a half-length success.
Purchased for €42,000, she is a half-sister to hurdle scorer Rock On Rocco and associated to a few different bumper winners. She’s going to clearly must step up once more in a Listed bumper which has been gained by the likes of Bitofapuzzle, Copper Kay, Irish Roe and Posh Trish in recent times.
Nonetheless, that efficiency by way of its visible impression lingers within the reminiscence and she or he may become probably the most thrilling horses on present this weekend.
Ishkhara girl was additionally profitable just lately and appears the sort to provide Elle Est Belle probably the most to consider, however Dan Skelton’s filly has already been chalked up because the 13/8 favorite and makes loads of attraction.
HORSE: DEFI DU SEUIL
Coach: Philip Hobbs.
Race: Shloer Chase (2.25pm Sunday)
Defi Du Seuil was profitable on his return on this contest final season
The return of King Defi! A twin Cheltenham Pageant hero and seven-time Grade One winner, he’s undoubtedly one of many stars of the Nationwide Hunt sphere.
Philip Hobbs’ celebrity landed the Shloer Chase with a trendy size and a quarter-success on his reappearance final season, defeating Politologue within the course of.
Quick-forward 4 months and the tables had been properly and really turned at The Pageant, with the son of Voix Du Nord failing to show his normal zest and leaping fluency, and ultimately trailing residence fourth behind Politologue within the Champion Chase.
Issues clearly weren’t proper with Defi Du Seuil on that event. He had beforehand regarded superior within the Clarence Home Chase at Ascot in January and his activity was made to look simpler within the Champion Chase following the late defection of Chacun Pour Soi.
Nonetheless solely a seven, there’s a lot extra enchancment to return from Defi Du Seuil and while latest Cheltenham scorer Rouge Vif, Elite Hurdle hero Sceau Royal and the unexposed Put The Kettle On lie in wait, Defi Du Seuil goes properly recent and might make a successful return.
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