Wholestone: holds an access in an informative amateur chase at Cheltenham on Friday
John Grossick (racingpost.com/footage)
Cheltenham’s ultimate assembly of the yr takes position this Friday and Saturday and, as ever, it’ll supply interesting and exciting leisure at the path.
This fixture has additionally supplied key guidelines for long run Cheltenham Competition winners. Right here we have a look at the historical past of one of the most most important races and check out to spot those that may make a touch again at Cheltenham in March.
Global Ornamental Surfaces Newbies’ Chase | 3m1½f | Friday
The amateur races are at all times value gazing at Cheltenham and over the past decade this contest has thrown up two runners who went on to attain on the pageant 3 months later, plus one agonising close to omit.
Blaklion is the standout identify a number of the fresh winners. He captured this race in 2015 ahead of happening to report victory within the Grade 1 RSA Chase. Chicago Gray was once additionally a hit on the pageant after operating on this contest, completing 2nd to Time For Rupert ahead of touchdown the Nationwide Hunt Chase.
The close to omit, as so steadily has been the best way all over his profession, got here from Singlefarmpayment. Winner of this race in 2016 (his ultimate win) he was once denied by way of a short-head within the Ultima Handicap Chase when Un Temps Pour Tout pipped him at the line.
Names to notice this yr This race has as soon as once more attracted a bunch of acquainted names together with Wholestone, winner of a amateur chase right here ultimate month for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and Diablo De Rouhet, who can be bidding for a hat-trick of wins if he traces up.
Glenfarclas Move Nation Chase | 3m6f | Friday
We will be able to now not be seeing him this yr because of damage, however this race shaped a part of a outstanding 2017-18 season for that little terrier Tiger Roll (who bettered that season ultimate yr, after all).
Tiger Roll was once handiest 5th on this race in 2017 however went directly to land the Move Nation Chase on the pageant after which the primary of his two Grand Nationwide triumphs.
Successful this race and the similar on the Cheltenham Competition has been carried out two times this decade with Josies Orders (2015-16) and Balthazar King (2013-14) taking pictures each. A New Tale additionally ran on this race (7th) ahead of scoring at Cheltenham (2009-10).
Names to notice this yr Teacher Enda Bolger has at all times been value following intently in cross-country chases and he will have two nice possibilities with Yanworth, who scored at Punchestown ultimate month, and 2015 winner and ultimate yr’s 3rd Josies Orders.
Ryman Newbies’ Chase | 2m5f | Saturday
3 winners over quite a few distances on the Cheltenham Competition have emerged from this race over the past ten years, plus, in an identical vein to the primary race, a slim omit.
Le Breuil completed 2nd on this race ultimate yr ahead of stepping up significantly in distance to win the Nationwide Hunt Chase. Coo Megastar Sivola was once additionally runner-up the former yr ahead of happening to land the Ultima Handicap Chase beneath Lizzie Kelly in 2018.
Whilst each the ones winners went up in distance, Pigeon Island dropped in travel after claiming 2nd on this race to win the Grand Annual Chase in 2010 and cap a memorable afternoon for the Twiston-Davies crew that yr after the successes of Imperial Commander and Child Run.
Whilst the ones 3 all completed 2nd on this and gained on the pageant, Whisper landed this race in 2016 ahead of happening to get run down within the ultimate yards by way of the mercurial Would possibly Chunk within the 2017 RSA Chase.
Names to notice this yr Windsor Road leads the best way on rankings a number of the confirmations after back-to-back victories already this season, whilst Angels Breath is a fascinating contender after creating a a hit chase debut at Ascot ultimate month.
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup | 2m4½f | Saturday
The only race above all others that has supplied essentially the most winners on the similar season’s Cheltenham Competition, with the redoubtable Frodon, who gained this ultimate yr ahead of taking pictures the Ryanair Chase in March, the latest.
The former season Le Prezien went directly to win the Grand Annual after completing 8th on this race. Except for Frodon, not one of the different long run pageant winners gained this contest.
Darna was once 5th ahead of successful the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Strong Plate in 2015, the similar race Salut Flo gained in 2012 after completing fourth on this contest. In the similar operating next Kim Muir Chase winner Sunnyhill Boy was once pulled up. Golden Chieftain was once 3rd previous to taking pictures the 2013 Ultima Handicap Chase.
Names to notice this yr Riders Onthe Hurricane heads maximum early markets after his luck at Aintree. Paul Nicholls gained this race ultimate yr with Frodon and will have quite a few runners, together with Secret Investor, 2nd in a Down Royal Grade 2 ultimate month.
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FIRST PUBLISHED 10:30AM, DEC 10 2019