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Cheltenham November Meeting (Sat)

Today’s Cheltenham fancies:

12.30 Chelt- Duffle Coat (win).

1.05 Chelt- Fingerontheswitch NR. Storm Control & Realm Keeper (e/w).

1.40 Chelt- Le Patriote (e/w).

2.15 Chelt- Aso & Brelan D’as (e/w).

2.50 Chelt- Good Man Pat & Weather Front (e/w).

3.25 Chelt- Topofthecotswolds & Nebuchadnezzar (e/w).

3.55 Chelt- Colours Of My Life (e/w).

Go on Multum In Parvo for Mully!

Cheltenham November Meeting 2019 (Sat)

Take your wellies.

12.05 Chelt- L’Air Du Vent (e/w).

12.40 Chelt- Botox Has (e/w).

1.15 Chelt- Wholestone (win).

1.50 Chelt- Achille (e/w).

2.25 Chelt- see link above.

3.00 Chelt- Tobefair (e/w).

3.30 Chelt- Legends Gold (e/w).

4.00 Chelt- It’s Probably Me (e/w).

Cheltenham November Meeting (Saturday)

12.40 Chelt- Quel Destin (e/w).

1.15 Chelt- The Worlds End (win).

1.50 Chelt- Daklondike & Sharp Response (e/w).

2.25 Chelt- see link above

3.00 Chelt- Boyhood (e/w).

3.30 Chelt- Westend Story (e/w).

4.00 Chelt- Mrs Hyde & Legends Gold (e/w).

Cheltenham Open Meeting (Sat)

Today’s Cheltenham fancies:

12.40 Chelt- Gumball (win).

1.15 Chelt- Ballyoptic (win).

1.50 Chelt- Vicente (e/w).

2.25 Chelt- Click here for the selections

3.00 Chelt- Kk Lexion (e/w).

3.30 Chelt- Poker Play & Follow The Bear (e/w).

4.00 Chelt- Posh Trish (e/w).



Cheltenham Open Meeting 2016 (Sat)

Dual Mackeson Gold Cup winner - Bradbury Star.

Dual Mackeson Gold Cup winner – Bradbury Star.

Spotlight on the BetVictor Gold Cup

The BetVictor Gold Cup, still affectionately remembered as the Mackeson Gold Cup with the older N.H racing aficionados, is the feature race on the second day of Cheltenham’s Open Meeting, which runs between Friday November 11 and Sunday November 13.

This Grade Three handicap chase is run over two miles, four furlongs and 78 yards of the Old Course at National Hunt racing’s headquarters, with a total prize fund of £160,000 up for grabs.

Here is your runner-by-runner guide to the 2016 renewal.


The old boy of the party but still retains plenty of enthusiasm. The Pipe family are no strangers to winning this race and the ground looks in his favour. He finished a creditable second off Saturday’s mark when last seen at Market Rasen in July. Whether he can give weight all round remains to be seen.

Taquin Du Seuil

Has never quite reached the heights expected of him. Ran well over this trip at Warwick back in February and his latest hurdles run was eye-catching. He would probably like a bit more rain too.


Comes back to try and win the race again off a 9lb higher handicap than last year. He was beaten a long way by Vautour in the Ryanair Chase but this is more his grade. Would not want anything resembling quick ground at Cheltenham.

Art Mauresque

Was only sixth in this event 12 months ago but he looks to have matured since. He has won his last two starts and needs respecting after beating Double Shuffle at Chepstow last time out.

Village Vic

He won four valuable handicap chases on the spin last autumn including a race similar to this on the New Course.  Hobbs is likely to have him primed again for this time of the year and he is a lively candidate for top honours here.

More Of That

It is hard to crab his seven wins from nine career outings and his World Hurdle victory at the 2014 Festival.  He had two course wins this time last year and was third in the RSA Chase. He missed an intended run at Carlisle because of the ground last time. Just one or two niggling doubts about him in the background for punters.

Sizing Granite

Has never raced beyond two miles, one furlong over fences but has always looked like a potential stayer and may be well suited by the trip. Trainer is on the hotlist for winners of late.


Ranks up there as one of the most frustrating horses in training at this level. Was last seen running on late –again, over hurdles at Aintree. He was beaten half a length by Annacotty in this race last year and undoubtedly will be the most punted each-way horse in the race.

Tenor Nivernais

November tends to be Venetia Williams’ hot month but the distinct lack of rain for her runners here is a worry. This horse definitely needs more cut in the ground to be seen to full effect.


This five-year-old represents the champion trainer and has attracted plenty of support in the ante-post market.  Ran well at the Festival back in March and looked like a winner jumping the last only to get run down at the finish.  Anything owned by J.P McManus has to be feared too.

Double Shuffle

He was a head second to Art Mauresque on his recent seasonal debut at Chepstow and represents the all conquering Tom George/Adrian Heskin partnership that are firing home the winners at present. He was third to Ballyalton at the Festival and looks to be improving and will be a big player in this.


Improving sort who finished off last season with a win at Newton Abbot. A victory over Ballyalton at Market Rasen last January is a good form line too. Tends to put in all his best performances however on heavy ground.

Sizing Platinum

Another runner owned by the Potts’ who has been placed with Colin Tizzard. He made a pleasing enough debut for his new trainer when second to easy winner Fox Norton at the Showcase Meeting here last month. Will need to step up again to figure in this race.


Three from three this season and he jumps like a dream from what we have seen thus far. A 9lb weight for age allowance makes him an obvious choice under fine 3lb claimer Harry Cobden. He will however have to be very good to become the first four-year-old ever to win this race.


Now based with Johnny Farrelly after being previously trained by Paul Nicholls, Roger Brookhouse’s runner likes to get his heel in it would appear on paper. He was well fancied for the Festival Plate only to fall at the third fence. He could run well if that experience has not dented his confidence.

As De Mee

Top hurdler who is fast becoming a top chaser too. Opened up this season with an easy win at Fontwell as is sure to be primed and ready for this. Trainer Paul Nicholls with be hoping for big things in this race from the Dame Judi Dench owned six-year-old.

Vintage Vinnie

Went off the boil at the end of the season when pulled up twice but set off this season with two nice wins. Looked a little exposed at Newton Abbot last time out when finishing third. Rebecca Curtis’ runner is likely to set the pace and take them along early.

Thomas Crapper

A regular runner around Cheltenham, Thomas Crapper has slipped to a useful mark if he can find his old spark. Based on his recent run at Ascot it is going to take a major leap of faith to include him on your shortlist here.

Potters Cross

Won a hotly contested Chepstow Handicap Chase last time out and showed that he was still in love with the game after a spell in the doldrums. Connections are ultimately planning to send him to the Grand National this season as he is turning out to be a decent distance stayer. This race will probably not play to his strengths.


Village Vic brings course form into the equation which puts him bang there in contention for a decent attempt at this race. If he gets into anything like the jumping rhythm he had over these fences last year he is going to be hard to peg back.

As De Mee has a favourable weight and probably has the most racing nous of the three Paul Nicholls runners. He looks the sort to progress in the chasing sphere and his jumping style at Fontwell was very proficient and encouraging.

Mulldog suggests: Village Vic (22.0) & As De Mee (10.0) (each-way).

Other Cheltenham fancies:

12.40 Chelt- Dino Velvet (9.4) e/w.

1.15 Chelt- 2-4 R/FC.

1.50 Chelt- Sausalito Sunrise (10.5) e/w.

2.25 Chelt- see above.

3.00 Chelt- Fingal Bay (13.0) & Goodbye Dancer (19.0) e/w.

3.35 Chelt- Clondaw Cian (38.0) & Final Nudge (28.0) e/w.

*Who Dares Wins (10.5)replacement on Saturday morning.

4.05 Chelt- Miss Night Owl (16.0) & Pique Rock (50.0) e/w.


Cheltenham Open Meeting (Sat)


It’s Paddy Power Gold Cup day (formerly the Mackeson Gold Cup) and I have fond memories of this race during the period from being a 13yo boy to  a 23yo man. The period I refer to (1986-1996) are listed on the honours list below. I was a 10p win backer of Very Promising in 1986 thanks to my late Grandad, a 6th Form sweepstake winner in 1990 with Multum In Parvo and a Tipping Tim groupie in 1992. Alas my 2000-10 years were mainly barren ones as I was never a Martin Pipe backer. In fact more fool me I consciously went out of my way to oppose those Pipe Saturday runners.

Some parity was brought back to the situation last year when at the last minute (after Divers was declared a non-runner) I switched my allegiance to Al Ferof. Sadly that horse then had a an injury setback later in the season.

We all have our personal memories of particular races in specific years and we all have anecdotes to go along with them. That’s why I find NH racing so endearing and a joy to watch.


Just one winner on Friday at Cheltenham when Taquin Du Seuil (A P McCoy, 3/1) won a strangely run affair. Not that TDS backers are complaining mind.

Today’s Cheltenham fancies:

12.40 Chelt- Guitar Pete (e/w).

1.15 Chelt- Shutthefrontdoor (win).

1.50 Chelt- Spring Heeled & Knockara Beau (e/w).

2.30 Chelt- Hidden Cyclone & Ballynagour (e/w).

3.00 Chelt- Edmund Kean & Araldur (e/w).

3.35 Chelt- Indevan (e/w).

4.05 Chelt- Bull and Bush & Fairytale Theatre (e/w).

Go on Mully lad! 😉

Cheltenham Open Meeting (Sat)

I was slightly tempted to give the blog a swerve today as I have done the previous two Saturdays as the readership statistics on a Saturday sometimes hardly warrant the effort. However, whether anyone looks in here today or not I’m still keen on putting up my fancies for all to see on what is a captivating meeting.

Dodging Bullets (R Walsh, 5-4 fav) was the solo winner Friday for the blog.

Today’s Cheltenham fancies:

12.45 Chelt- Far West (win).

1.20 Chelt- Sire Collonges (win).

1.55 Chelt- Bradley & Viking Blond (e/w).

2.35 Chelt- Divers, Calgary Bay & Finger Onthe Pulse (e/w).

3.05 Chelt- Themilanhorse & Bouggler (e/w).

3.40 Chelt- Brick Red & Able Deputy (e/w).

Overpriced at 50/1 ?

Have a lucky Mackeson! 😉

Cheltenham Open Meeting (Fri)

It’s Day One of the 2012 Open Meeting at Cheltenham and excitement is abound for three super days of racing in favourable weather.

Last night five of us recorded a Cheltenham Open Meeting Preview “Live” and you can watch a recording of that broadcast here:

Today’s fancies are at Cheltenham:

1.15 Chelt- Fingal Bay (win).

1.50 Chelt- Silver Roque & Oh Crick (e/w).

2.25 Chelt- Dodging Bullets (win).

3.00 Chelt- Midnight Haze (e/w).

3.35 Chelt- Saint Roque & Teak (e/w).

4.05 Chelt- Jamsie Hall & Pentiffic (e/w).

Play Roque in the sunshine today! 😉


A spanking good Paddy Power Open Preview

If you can tear yourself away from #NationalBumSmackingDay today you are cordially invited to a Paddy Power Open preview taking place live at 7.30 pm this evening on Google Hangouts.

Log into your Google account at 7.30 pm and click on the following link  Join the broadcast

With any luck this should enable you to join the “hangout” and view the broadcast live. Don’t worry if you miss the broadcast as the technology almost immediately posts the completed broadcast onto Youtube so you can watch it at a more convenient time.

Hope you can join us later!

Unfortunately professional model Pamela Ryan won’t be able to join us later but her Paddy Power pants definitely will! 😉

Cheltenham Open Meeting (Day 2)

What a super day at Cheltenham on Friday and what a great day for the blog. I’m not really one to blow my own trumpet but if you can’t play a fanfare after a few winners, when can you? 😀

  • Boom! Swing Bill (Mr T Bellamy, 9-1 )
  • Boom! Tanks For That (B J Geraghty, 13-2)
  • Boom! Uncle Junior (Mr P W Mullins, 9-2)
  • Woosh! Prospect Wells (D Jacob, 9-2 ) e/w
  • Whizz! Semi Colon (Mr Jeremiah Mcgrath, 5-1 jf ) e/w
  • Wham! Champion Court (P J Brennan, 13-2 ) e/w

Saturday’s Mackeson Gold Cup day has always been one of my favourite race days on the calender ever since MULTUM IN PARVO won on 1990. As a mature looking 17-yr-old sixth former I was a regular already in the bookies in those days and naturally I backed it -as you know I always back MUL’s. I distinctly remember winning my very own sweepstake on the race too-the sixth form tutors (also sweep entrants) and other six formers thought it was slightly fishy but the draw was done in front of witnesses 😀

Today’s fancies are at Cheltenham:

1.20 Chelt- Hinterland (win) & small e/w Bradbury.

1.55 Chelt- Fair Along & West End Rocker (e/w).

2.35 Chelt- Fine Parchment, Araldur & Swincombe Rock (e/w).

3.10 Chelt- Cantlow & Stow (e/w).

3.40 Chelt- St Killians Run & Numen (e/w).

4.10 Chelt- Viking Blond (e/w).

Multum In Sixthformo

Anyone fancy a can of Mackey’s? 😉