CHELTENHAM has saved the best for last with a cracking Sunday card to close the November Meeting.
The Shloer Chase and Greatwood Hurdle are the stars on show. We get stuck into the top card below.
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1.50 Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
DISCORAMA should have you dancing in this staying marathon.
The field of nine have 22 fences and nearly three-and-a-half-miles to contend with and it takes a talented one to get through it unscathed.
The pick heads over from Ireland and has a pipe-opener in a mickey mouse race to gear him up for this.
He was third in a red-hot heat at the Festival and this extra distance could well bring out more.
He looks more than a fair price with West Approach taking a big chunk out of the market.
He’s a talented horse, but is very, very hard to win with. Saying that, he won this last season but it will take all of Harry Cobden’s magic to take this again.
Harry Fry’s Captain Drake is less exposed than some of these and might just have more to offer yet.
Further down the weights Cloth Cap still looks well-handicapped and is well capable of being in the mix.
2.25 Shloer Chase (Grade 2)
This is without doubt one of the best races of the season so far.
And as the betting suggests, the majority are in with a big shout of taking home the Grade 2 Shloer.
Arkle winner Put The Kettle On looked the bet earlier in the week, but she’s shortened into favouritism and I can oppose now.
I then have it between Defi Du Seuil and Rouge Vif. And given the way the race should play out, I just side with the former.
Rouge Vif and Put The Kettle On are likely to go forwards and they both like to make the running.
That should play into Defi Du Seuil’s hands who won this last year and has a turn of foot only the best can match.
Riders Onthe Storm should kick on again this season, but could be up against it here down in trip. He’ll be hoping the rain falls.
SELECTION: Defi Du Seuil
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3.00 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Good luck here, you’ll need it. A red-hot handicap hurdle over two miles.
Edwardstone is without doubt a Graded horse, but he definitely needs his conditions.
And with the forecast looking grim for Cheltenham for much of the weekend, it’s hard to see that happening. He’s worth taking on.
At much bigger odds, it’s his stablemate Harambe who I want to be with.
He won this last season and has only been seen once since when he was brought down in the Betfair Hurdle.
Only 6lbs higher this time round, he looks over-priced in my book.
Proschema looks well-handicapped to say the least and I wouldn’t put anyone off having a tickle on him.
The same applies to Tegerek who won well over course and distance last time out.
3.35 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
This isn’t the most attractive betting heat, but it may be worth siding with in-form trainer Paul Nicholls.
His FIDELIO VALLIS was green last time behind a subsequent winner at Kempton and has achieved plenty more than current favourite Third Time Lucki.
At the odds, Nicholls’ runner has to be the play and he should take another step forwards from his latest spin.
The forecast rain will also be an advantage.
Dan Skelton’s hope has yet to be tested over hurdles in two easy wins and he still has heaps of untapped potential.
For Pleasure is a tricky customer and his front-running tactics should make him vulnerable again.
Don’t rule out Jessica Harrington’s Jungle Junction all together.
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