Four Of The Best At The Cheltenham November Meeting
With the Flat superstars now tucked away for winter, it’s the turn of the Jumps stars to grab the headlines as they begin their campaigns for the winter’s big prizes. This weekend we may well get a glimpse of some of the sports best-known horses with a few big names of yesteryear set to return to centre stage.
The feature racing comes in the form of the Cheltenham November Meeting which heralds a number of Grade 2, Grade 3 and Listed Races over the course of three days of racing at the Prestbury Park Venue. Whilst certain races are awash with established equine talent, the meeting also has a knack of throwing up potential future stars, so make sure your notepad is well and truly open.
A real rising star in the staying chase division, trainer Mick Channon’s starlet returned to action with an impressive win last time out and holds an entry in the feature race of the meeting, The BetVictor Gold Cup, on Saturday.
The six-year-old, who won the Close Brothers Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival in March, has only run six times over fences and appears to very much be on an upward curve.
The much loved centrepiece of Wollacott Racing, who enjoyed a productive season over hurdles, looks every inch a chaser and there’s every chance he could put his credentials on the line at Cheltenham on Sunday.
The big bodied flyer provided trainer Kayley Woollacott with an emotional first Grade 1 winner last season at Aintree and looks set for an intriguing year with a place at the Cheltenham Festival surely the end goal for the six-year-old.
Last year’s Grand National hero returns to action at Cheltenham for this three-day November meeting in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
Many of us will recall last season’s emphatic victory over the cross country course at Cheltenham and Gordon Eliot will be hoping his charge can reacquaint himself successfully with the Cheltenham fences as he begins his quest to land back-to-back Grand Nationals.
Not seen since Boxing Day last year, Thistlecrack, one of many big guns in the Colin Tizzard yard looks set to return to the track for the valuable BetVictor Gold Cup, the feature race on a thrilling weekend of racing from Cheltenham. The weekend’s richest handicap will be eagerly anticipated as it looks a particularly competitive renewal on paper.
It’s also worth noting that a number of serious contenders will go head to head across the Irish Sea in the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle. Gigginstown favourite Samcro looks set to throw-down with three of Willie Mullins top hurdlers, Melon, Faugheen and Laurina. A battle which if all four opt into, could go some way to painting the picture for future Cheltenham Festival races.
It’s all set to be an enthralling three days of quality jumps racing and ITV will be there to capture the Cheltenham action. Tune in to ITV4 from 1:30 – 4 on both Friday and Sunday and ITV’s main channel ITV1 from 1:30 – 4 on Saturday.