Cheltenham Tips: 2/1 shot heads Saturday’s three selections

 | November 17 | 

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The November Meeting continues into Saturday with a classy seven-race card featuring a strong renewal of the Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

I'm about to give my idea of the winner of that race, plus another couple of tips for you to consider.

Cheltenham Tips

  • 13:45 - Good Risk At All @ 2/1
  • 14:20 - Notlongtillmay @ 13/2
  • 16:05 - Sharp Object @ 9/2

13:45 - Good Risk At All @ 2/1

My strongest fancy at HQ on Saturday is Sam Thomas' Good Risk At All for this Listed novices' chase over an extended three miles.

The seven-year-old was a decent hurdler, but on the evidence of his debut over the bigger obstacles, he's going to be a much better chaser.

I thought he was absolutely brilliant at Carlisle last month, barely putting a foot wrong and always looking like he had at least five of his six rivals beat.

Would he have beat Giovinco, who unseated three out? As a big fan of the latter - so much so that I've tipped him at 20/1 for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival - I'd like to say no, but in all honesty it was too early to tell.

What I do know is that both were travelling equally-well at the time, and I saw more than enough to suggest the selection could take high rank amongst the UK novice chasers this season.

I fancy him to get the better of his five rivals on Saturday, providing - and this is key - he gets the trip. There's good reason to believe he will see it out, but it's a case of 'we won't know until we know'. If he does, I think he'll be hard to beat.

14:20 - Notlongtillmay @ 7/1

This looks a red-hot renewal of the Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

Amongst the 14 runners is Brown Advisory hero The Real Whacker and the Turners 1-2 in Stage Star and Notlongtillmay. Both Cheltenham Festival winners have a fair weight to carry round first time out, whereas the latter's fitness is guaranteed having made a very pleasing return here exactly three weeks ago.

Laura Morgan's seven-year-old stayed on nicely over the minimum trip and should be absolutely spot on for this. To me, he has as good a chance as any.

16:05 - Sharp Object @ 9/2

Finally, I think John McConnell's Sharp Object is a cracking price for the bumper.

For me, the four-year-old filly brings the best form to the table courtesy of her second to Willie Mullins' exciting Aurora Vega in a red-hot affair at Gowran Park back in late September. Behind the selection that day was Abi's Champ, already a dual bumper winner, who subsequently bolted up on her hurdling debut.

I'd say that's a fair bit more than anything in this field of 15 has achieved, and I see no reason why this daughter of Diamond Boy can't progress again.

The poor form of her trainer, who's not had a winner in 37 days, is a concern, but it doesn't put me off having a bet as the majority were completely unfancied - and there has been one or two decent performances in defeat during that time.

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