Cheltenham’s November assembly is the start of an epic run of top-quality racing each and every weekend from now till Christmas.

It’s huge. All of the height UK stables are at all times represented and the Magnificence 2 Beginner races are mainly Graded races as their running shoes are at all times willing to offer their higher newbies a style of the route forward of a imaginable Cheltenham Competition run in March.

Path enjoy can’t be underestimated come Competition time at Prestbury Park. It kind of feels much more necessary nowadays with homeowners bordering at the obsessed with short of runners at Nationwide Hunt racing’s showpiece tournament.

No matter occurs this weekend will let us know masses.


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Who’re you taking a look ahead to seeing? 

The chase debut of Birchdale on Friday 2.25pm is getting me jiggy whilst the Shloer Chase on Sunday 2.25pm has the makings of a super race.

If Defi Du Seuil, Politilogue & Sceau Royal all line up we can be taking a look at an early season trial for the Champion Chase subsequent March.

Best possible subsidized horse within the lead as much as the Open Assembly?

The Dan Skelton-trained Humble Hero could be a nasty outcome within the ante-post e book for Sunday’s Greatwood Hurdle at 3pm and could be well-backed bearing in mind his backyard’s fresh document in height 2m  handicap hurdles.


Best possible guess of the assembly within the Graded races / handicaps?

I can opt for one tip within the BetVictor Gold Cup on Saturday and one within the Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday.

The Twiston Davies backyard is usually purple sizzling in October & November and it’s been the similar this yr. Proving the rule of thumb is COUNT MERIBEL (9/1) who has been on my radar for this race for fairly some time. He has controlled 5 wins from 20 begins, all coming in November.

His fencing received’t win any prizes for aesthetics, however he’s usually beautiful secure and ticks just about all of the bins when taking a look at fresh winners of this race. Having survived a stunning blunder at the second one ultimate in a amateur chase at this assembly ultimate yr he used to be an excessively first rate 7th at the back of Topofthegame within the RSA Chase in March (one of the most horses in at the back of that day have franked the shape).


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He used to be at all times going to wish for stamina that day over 3m 1f and Saturday’s 2m 4f distance seems to be much more appropriate.

It isn’t smart to take a literal studying of his two-length defeat via Lostintranslation at Carlisle ultimate time as that one received with any quantity in hand – however Depend Meribel nonetheless ran an excessively first rate race.

It seems like there can be a lot of tempo in Saturday’s contest and if his leaping stands the check he must keep up the hill strongly off what seems to be a good handicap mark.


In Sunday’s Greatwood Hurdle, I’m going to take a possibility on QUOI DE NEUF (14/1) for Welsh teacher Evan Williams. Irish point-to-point winners aren’t usually the place I start in search of 2m handicap hurdle winners, however he does have fairly a fast pedigree.

The reality they’re staying over hurdles with this €180ok acquire more than likely speaks volumes. He made the 139 rated Excellent Boy Bobby paintings laborious at Ffos Las over 2m 4f ultimate April, taking a look like he didn’t see out the go back and forth in addition to the winner. On his handicap debut at Chepstow ultimate month, he completed 2nd to a properly handicapped kind in Velocity Corporate, the place the third-placed Perfect Solar therefore ran 0.33 in a sizzling amateur chase at Newbury at the back of Champ.

They went no gallop at Chepstow so there used to be no disgrace in being out sprinted via the Flat-bred winner. A 2lb upward thrust for that turns out very reasonable and this unexposed five-year-old has the prospective to be much better than his present mark of 129. Whilst he must fortify considerably to take a race of this nature – double digit costs turns out truthful.


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A horse to observe even though it’s crushed this weekend?

I’m actually taking a look ahead to seeing L’Air Du Vent run within the Grade 2 Ballymore Beginners hurdle on Friday 3,35pm.

He’s associated with a lot of good winners in France he used to be operating properly at the back of the good Shinskin when unseating 3 out in his best point-to-point and run he used to be a at ease winner of his bumper on debut for Colin Tizzard at Bangor in April.

In spite of being thrown in on the deep finish on his hurdling debut at Cheltenham ultimate month, L’Air Du Vent used to be noticed travelling actually properly in a slowly run race, however a sloppy soar on the ultimate value him necessary momentum, however he nonetheless completed strongly to take hold of 0.33.


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The winner that day Champagne Neatly (who L’Air du Vent met off degree weights) is rated 137, so for Colin Tizzard’s runner having the ability to run to a mark someplace within the mid 130’s on his first run over hurdles could be very spectacular.

There’s a actually robust likelihood he’ll fortify additional.

That is prone to be a sizzling race and Thyme Hill is probably not simple to overcome, however even though L’Air Du Vent comes up quick this weekend, he seems to be a actually great prospect for the season forward.

In any case, a strong to observe from now till Christmas?

November and December is usually when the Nicky Henderson brigade get motoring and this yr must be no other. Evan Williams’ horses were in just right nick over the last couple of weeks too and he seems to be to have quite a lot of younger horses value following at a decrease degree in opposition to Christmas and the New 12 months.

*Costs & entries proper at time of publishing 

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