It’s day two of the November Meeting at Cheltenham on Saturday and a brilliant seven-race card (12.30-3.55pm) is headlined by the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase at 2.15.
There are some cracking races on the Prestbury Park card and our tipster has selections for all the Saturday afternoon action. Before you back them you may want to check out the latest Cheltenham November Meeting betting offers for new and existing customers.
Horse racing tips – Cheltenham November Meeting, Saturday 14 November
Enda McElhinney has Cheltenham tips for all seven races on Saturday. You can read the analysis behind his selections below.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
12.30 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m ½f)
This Triumph Hurdle Trial has been won by some smart sorts and Paul Nicholls has claimed the prize four times in a decade. He has sound claims with Hell Red, an impressive winner last month at Chepstow after arriving from France.
David Pipe also runs a French recruit in Adagio, successful last week at Warwick in his first start on these shores, although he needs to brush up his hurdling technique.
It’s 17 years since the Irish landed this race but Gordon Elliott may end the wait with impressive Wetherby Listed winner DUFFLE COAT. He is unbeaten in three over timber now, should be well suited by the stiff finish here and may be good enough to give away a penalty.
Tip: Duffle Coat @ 3/1 with Betfair Sportsbook
1.05 South West Syndicate Handicap Chase (3m1f)
This competitive event for conditional jockeys and amateur riders is one in which LAMANVER PIPPIN should go well under Will Biddick.
There’s a mild worry that Colin Tizzard’s horses are needing a run this term but Lamanver Pippin was most impressive at Chepstow when winning last November. He didn't last home when a remote third here in the 3m 6f National Hunt Chase in March on his only run since but has scope for better.
Arthur’s Gift isn’t out of things if he jumps better while top-weight Kilfilum Cross should give a good account too, despite his burden.
Tip: Lamanver Pippin @ 9/2 with Betfair Sportsbook
1.40 From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Grade 2, 2m)
FUSIL RAFFLES came up shy as a Grade 1 hurdler over two miles but might hit the heights as a chaser. Nicky Henderson’s charge dispatched subsequent winner Gumball, among others, on his debut over fences at Uttoxeter and then scored over course and distance in a good time at the Showcase Meeting last month. He looked a solid jumper in those efforts and can continue his progress here.
Eldorado Allen is next best on chase form but Quel Destin has winning form here over hurdles and, having won on the Flat last month, should be primed by Paul Nicholls for this first outing over fences.
Tip: Fusil Raffles @ 5/4 with Betfair Sportsbook
2.15 Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3, 2m 4f)
Festival winner Simply The Betts and Marsh Novices’ Chase fourth Mister Fisher make sound appeal at the front of the market but AL DANCER (fifth in the Arkle at the Festival in March) doesn’t have much to find with the latter on their Doncaster run over two miles in January.
He impressed when seeing off subsequent easy Huntingdon winner Master Tommytucker after he was upped in distance at Newton Abbot on return and should go well for local Nigel Twiston-Davies, the Naunton handler who is seeking a fifth win in this contest.
Tip: Al Dancer @ 15/2 with Betfair Sportsbook
2.50 Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed, 3m)
The progressive Tea Clipper ought to retain a favourite’s chance of success for Tom Lacey despite going up 7lb for winning the Silver Trophy at Chepstow on his comeback.
He’s sure to be in the mix but MRS MILNER is unexposed at this distance and looks capable of having a say at a decent price for Irish trainer Paul Nolan with Robbie Power on board. She did some good late work at Ballinrobe last time over 2m 6f and may relish the extra yardage.
Tip: Mrs Milner @ 9/1 with Betfair Sportsbook
3.25 Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f)
Last month’s course-and-distance winner Captain Tom Cat is likely to be on the premises again under Cillin Leonard but TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS has flourished back over hurdles for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
He won well when favourite at Uttoxeter in September then placed over track and trip behind the potentially smart Does He Know last month. A mark of 132 may be fair and he’s fancied to go close.
Tip: Topofthecotswolds @ 8/1 with Betfair Sportsbook
3.55 Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed, 2m½f)
There’s no hiding place in a finale that brings together eight previous winners with a wide range of potential. Ishkhara Lady defied a long absence to double her tally at Uttoxeter recently and joins Ludlow debut winner Jersey Lady on the shortlist, but Aintree winner Elle Est Belle and Fontwell scorer UCANAVER are preferred. The selection was second in a strong contest at Huntingdon in February on debut and subsequently moved to Anthony Honeyball.
She routed the field at Fontwell on her stable bow and her trainer should have a good handle on the Skelton runner today, with Elle Est Belle having defeated his Taunton winner Windswept Girl at Aintree. The Honeyball team are flying right now and can bag this Listed prize.
Tip: Ucanaver @ 7/2 with Betfair Sportsbook
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