Cheltenham Placepot tips: Showcase Meeting – Saturday 24 October

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Read our expert Cheltenham Placepot tips for day two of the Showcase Meeting. Find out which runners to include as we target the Tote Placepot pool

High-class National Hunt action returns to ITV Racing on Saturday and our expert is in a confident mood, with no fewer than four single-leg selections for the Placepot.

Find Enda McElhinney’s Cheltenham Placepot picks and the analysis behind his selections below plus a brilliant betting offer for new Tote customers.

Cheltenham Showcase Meeting Tote Placepot picks — Saturday tips

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Cheltenham Showcase Meeting Tote Placepot picks — Saturday tips

Race 1: Cheltenham 2.05

Allmankind was third in the Triumph Hurdle here in March, albeit slightly fortuitously after Goshen unseated Gary Moore at the last when 10 lengths clear, and has scope for further development but so does Botox Has, Moore’s mount in this 2m ½f hurdle.

He was second to Allmankind horse over course and distance last November but stepped up to win her the following month. He goes well fresh too and has a leading chance of avenging that defeat.

Selection: No 3 Botox Has

Race 2: Cheltenham 2.40

There’s just a quartet of runners for this 2m 4f Novices’ Chase and they all have their merits. Pileon gets 5lb from his three rivals but lacks chasing experience. Southfield Stone is from a thriving yard and has the best form in the book but Not That Fuisse can make use of race-fitness after winning at Perth last month.

He did that rather cosily and the form of his Kempton second on his final start last term is also appealing. This strong-travelling sort can take another step forward here.

Selection: No 2 Not That Fuisse

Race 3: Cheltenham 3.15

Having routed his rivals at Hereford 11 days ago with a 20-length demolition job, Neville’s Cross is one to remain on the right side of despite rising 12lb in the ratings for that success. Tom Lacey’s hurdler is unbeaten at today’s distance of three miles and has more to come.

Lock’s Corner is also progressing nicely and will have valid claims if getting the trip while Story Of Friends is in form and has the considerable benefit of Fergus Gillard’s 7lb claim to aid his cause. He remains unexposed over this trip. 

Selections: No 6 Lock’s Corner, No 9 Neville’s Cross, No 13 Story Of Friends

Race 4: Cheltenham 3.50

Frodon is the class act in the line-up but faces a tough challenge shipping a stone and more to these rivals. West Approach isn’t the easiest to win with but routinely goes well and did put it all together at the November Meeting last year. He goes well fresh and should come with a late run under Harry Cobden.

Manofthemountain has been beaten only once in five chase starts, when unseating Adam Wedge at Southwell last year. He made a winning return at Bangor (3m, good) last month and has the scope to get involved again in what is admittedly a tougher chase over an extra furlong.

Selections: No 2 West Approach, No 8 Manofthemountain

Race 5: Cheltenham 4.25

The progressive Streets Of Doyen appeared to win cosily at Cork six days ago and is a fascinating Irish raider for John McConnell with Richard Johnson booked to ride in this 3m hurdle.

He has standout claims with his stamina proven and edges out Minella Encore, a recent winner of a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter for Dr Richard Newland over a trip that was probably shorter than ideal.

Selection: No 1 Streets Of Doyen

Race 6: Cheltenham 5.00

This race is a tough finish for Placepot hopefuls but it’s one in which Osca Loca should go well. She won on her only start over regulation fences in Ireland last year and is sure to be fitter for a recent comeback/stable bow over hurdles at Chepstow.

Jen’s Boy has finished second on all three starts over fences for champion trainer Nicky Henderson and ought to go well again with former Gold Cup-winning amateur Sam Waley-Cohen steering.

First time out is often when it’s best to catch Ballymalin and Zak Baker’s mount should be spot-on reappearing at a meeting where local trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies relishes having a winner or two.

Selections: No 2 Ballymalin, No 9 Osca Loca, No 10 Jen’s Boy

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