The Cheltenham November meeting rolls on once again tomorrow. There’s four Graded races and some exciting youngsters to look forward to this Sunday.
I’m really excited to get back on Thyme White, who was in my top five horses to follow this season, he’s a horse with a lot of talent and looks a thrilling prospect.
Fingers crossed all the horses run well and hopefully I can continue banging in some winners to stay at the top end of the Jump Jockeys’ Championship.
Soldier Of Love – 1:15, mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase
Soldier Of Love ran a really good race last time, getting beaten by Gordon Elliott’s top class Irish raider Galvin. My boy is really straight forward and has had a great summer, winning four races in a row. Fun fact, his sire to four-time Ascot Gold winner Yeats.
West Approach – 1:50, Grade 3 Planteur At Chapel Stud Handicap Chase
West Approach got beat by Frodon in his last run at the Cheltenham Showcase meeting. Absolutely no embarrassment to lose to a horse like Frodon, who seems to win for fun around Cheltenham.
In terms of how the last race went, he battled really well to the line and only got beaten by a couple of lengths. He’s a horse that likes a bit of soft ground and we’ll probably aim make our move late in the race on Saturday.
Duc Des Genievres – 2:25, Grade 2 Shloer Chase
There’s no hiding the fact that he’s struggled since his 2019 Cheltenham Festival victory. Since arriving at Paul’s from Willie Mullins he’s had a wind op and we’re looking forward to learning where we are with him. It’s a very competitive race but being a former Grade 1 winner, he certainly deserves to line up in it.
Thyme White – 3:00, Grade 3 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle
An exciting prospect and one of my top five horses to follow for this season. He has a similar profile to Old Guard who won quite a few races at Cheltenham. He’s got the ability to win a race like the Greatwood Hurdle. He’s progressing nicely and he’s relatively well handicapped.
Fidelio Vallis – 3:35, Grade 2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle
The five-year-old ran very well last time out at Kempton on his season debut. He got beat by a mare called Mrs Hyde who won a listed mares’ novices hurdle at Haydock and beat Verdana Blue, so it’s solid form. A good chance!
Stage Star – 4:05, High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
I hadn’t heard too much about him by the time he made his debut as he’s a real young’un. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see him win by seven lengths in his first ever race.
Lorcan gave him a great ride and he ran right to the line which is promising signs. I was a lovely first run for him there. Fingers crossed he’ll run a nice race on Sunday. Another fun fact, his sire was Fame and Glory is another Ascot Gold Cup winner.