Cheltenham by Chris Allen@Geograph

The Mandarin’s Cheltenham Autumn Festival Racecard for Sunday 14th November

Cheltenham Novices’ Chase 1.10
Paul Nicholls, last season’s Champion trainer, has made an excellent start to this year’s campaign, and he can score in the opener of the final day of Cheltenham’s Autumn Festival with Threeunderthrufive. A winner of four of his five starts over timber last season, he demolished the field at Exeter just twelve days ago and could well turn out to be an even better chaser. Kim Bailey’s Does He Know is the obvious danger having won over course and distance last time out and this pair can fight it out

Jewson Click And Collect Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 1.45
Go Another One
A great race in store, where there’ll no doubt be plenty of support for Bryony Frost on Yala Enki. She’s had some of her best days around Prestbury Park, but her mount hasn’t the best record around here so we’ll side with John McConnell’s Go Another One. He was fifth here last month but was getting into gear in the last half of the race so this step up in trip should suit. Sure to be involved

Shloer Chase (Grade 2) 2.20
Nube Negra (nap)
The Skelton’s progressive chaser has something of a score to settle with Henry de Bromhead’s Put The Kettle On, after losing a vital half length to that rival in the Champion Chase back in March, being forced to switch lanes on the run in. Put The Kettle On won this race last year, as well as the Grade 1 feature, and has never lost here in four outings, but Nube Negra looks a top class prospect and gets the nod. A good duel in store.

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Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2.55
Alan King’s useful dual code performer should be ready for this having returned from a break to finish runner up around here last month. This looks a top class renewal, with the likes of Welsh Champion Hurdle winner, Glory And Fortune and West Cork from the Skelton team, but Tritonic has plenty of scope in handicaps such as this and holds solid each way claims at the least

Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 3.30
I Like To Move It (nb)
He won his first two bumpers last season, and is now two from two over timber, impressive enough at Worcester before showing Tritonic the way home here last month. He’s hard to oppose in the hat-trick bid and one going very much the right way

High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire Open NH Flat Race (Listed) 4.00
Time For A Tune
He cost a pretty penny after a demolition job against the field on his bumper debut at Ffos Las, and confirmed the promise in a tighter finish at Chepstow next time out. He’s into more serious company now but looks to have something about him and is in great hands with Paul Nicholls, interesting

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