Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase night always sees some cracking racing with some exciting finishes and I am sure tonight’s action will be no different. I am making available the summaries and the tips that have made up my preview that I have sent to subscribers of my Hunter Chase service. I don’t think their is much depth to most of the races and thus think the top of the market is where the focus of attention should be. Hopefully this will help make you a few quid tonight.
Summary – Monsieur Gibraltar is the one they all have to beat and he should have the race run to suit as he can sit of what is likely to be a frantic pace and it should set things up nicely for him. It will be interesting how Mantou gets on in this better race after winning easily at Sedgefield as he will have conditions to suit again. Sam Cavallaro might well hit the frame again, but the main danger for me is Loughaderra Prince who ran well in a strong race at Hereford on his only start of the season and this test looks ideal for him based on that.
Tip – Monsieur Gibraltar
Alternative – Loughaderra Prince
Summary – Duhallow Tornado might have a double penalty to carry, but he has looked so impressive and the standard he sets is way above what anything else has achieved in the race with the Catterick win looking so good. The rest will have to find improvement from somewhere to beat the 6yo. The main danger for me is Thegirlfrommilan having clocked that quick time when winning on his debut for new connections. It would be no surprised if she improved on the form she showed for Rebecca Curtis as long as she handles the quicker ground.
Tip – Duhallow Tornado NAP
Alternative Thegirlfrommilan e/w
Summary – By far the weakest race on the card and one we saw a big price winner of last year. Maybe that will happen again, but to me it looks a two horse race between Foxcub and Stoleaway. The form of Foxcub’s Fakenham win isn’t up too much, but the 6th place finish at Catterick is good form in the context of this race and his win last time is good form. Stoleaway looks progressive which is pleasing after he missed last season and could easily make it 4 on the bounce.
Tip – Stoleaway
Alternative – Foxcub
Summary – Quite frankly if Barel Of Laughs comes here in anywhere near his best form he wins this. His form is a fair way clear of his rivals and I think the fact he has missed out running in the Lady Dudley Cup this season should mean he is in better form than when just beating The Wealerdealer by a short head in this race last year. He should have place claims and Pentiffic might be up to finishing in the frame, but hard to see anything being up to beating Barel Of Laughs.
Tip – Stick Barel Of Laughs in any multiple bets.
Summary – An interesting race. I think Teeton Power is worth backing as she looks really progressive and is probably over priced because she hasn’t been seen in a hunter chase yet. Dabinett Moon has looked in much better form this season than she was when a well beaten 2nd in this last year and I think she is worth covering. Frelia might win this again and the heart would love to see Popaway take the prize, but I like Queen Olivia and I think she has a good chance of beating Frelia again and her two Ludlow 2nds are good pieces of form.
Tip – Queen Olivia
Alternatives – Teeton Power and Dabinett Moon
Summary – Not many you can fancy here and I am firmly with Battle Dust. The form of his Catterick 2nd is strong and his win at Chepstow is good form as well. The way he races means this trip should be ideal for him and I can see him finishing strongly up the hill. Al Co can’t be totally ruled out on the better ground, but it is a worry he has gone backwards since the Kelso win. You Too Pet has won his last 3, but they weren’t strong contests. I like Hard Station and he will have a chance if he stays, but I am not sure he will. Supreme Danehill will stay though and he has an e/w chance.
Tip – Battle Dust NB
Summary – The race of the night for me and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens. The winner should come from Full Trottle, Mr Mercurial, Bear’s Affair, Salubrious and Shotavodka. Out of the 5 I think Mr Mercurial is over priced as he will be staying on up the hill and I can see him hitting the frame. I am a big fan of Full Trottle and I think he can reverse form with Bear’s Affair and Shotavodka and the wind op seems to have helped him at the end of his races based on the Ludlow effort. I do think though that if Salubrious is in the same form he was at Exeter then he is the one they have to beat.
Tip – Salubrious
Alternatives – Full Trottle & Mr Mercurial e/w
Good luck with whatever you back