Horse Racing: Cheltenham and Doncaster, Preview & Tips – Saturday

Stefan Fellows is here to mark your card ahead of meetings at Cheltenham and Doncaster on Saturday.

Stefan Fellows

A great weekend of racing action continues on Saturday with cards at Cheltenham and Doncaster.


Al Boum Photo Horse

13.50 2m4½f (2m4f127y) (New) Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Coole Cody and Al Dancer finished 1st and 3rd in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last month and it`s the Nigel Twiston Davies runner who is expected to reverse that from this time and take all the beating under these reversed terms.

Cepage has run well in this race in the past and with form figures fresh of 1-2-3-2-2 the 277 day lay off is not expected to be of a concern.

Handicap debutant Windsor Avenue is another to consider after running well behind Imperial Aura on his seasonal return at Carlisle.

The winner that day has since gone on to victory in a Grade 2 at ascot so a mark of 148 potentially could be a lenient one.

Selection: Al Dancer (NAP)

14.25 3m (2m7f213y) (New) Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Trainer Rebecca Curtis does well generally in this division and she looks to have another nice type under her watch in the shape of Pats Fancy.

The son of Oscar out of s Supreme Leader mare looked all about stamina when winning on hurdles debut at Ffos Las on heavy ground last month.

He will need to step up again on that form to take this but he`s open to plenty of improvement still and looks a fair price to run a big race.

Irish raider Make Good is another who should go well, he won well at Gowran last time over a considerable shorter trip but he was a strong stayer on the flat and this looks an interesting move by connections stepping up in grade.

Selection: Pats Fancy (Next Best)

Ben Dundee Horse

15.00 2m1f (2m179y) (New) Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)

An open looking renewal where plenty can be considered. Goshen is the potential star animal on show following his unlucky defeat in last season’s triumph hurdle when falling with the race all but won.

This will be his first start over hurdles since that run with connections choosing to use a couple of flat runs as a build up to this season and adds a really interesting angel to the race.

Song For Someone is the other could be anything still, he made light work of Call Me Lord last time out and it will be interesting to see if he can go forward once more.

Of the more exposed types the one who makes most appeal at the prices is Ballyandy. Trainer Nigel Twiston Davies has had plenty of success in this race in the past with The New One and his representative here is another who seems to have taken a liking for Prestbury Park with course figures of 3-2-8-2.

Selection: Ballyandy

15.35 2m4½f (2m4f56y) (New) Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) (4yo+)

The Wincanton mares handicap in which The White Mouse won after a long absence could be the race to focus on here.

The Lucy Wadham runner has an 8lb rise to contend with for that victory but she could come on further with that run under her belt and has to be respected once more.

Eglantine Du Seuil finished 5th that day and on these better terms could get closer but does have to bounce back from a poor run at Sandown just 7 days ago in which she looked to struggle in the ground that day.

Molly Ollys Wishes was further back in 7th in that Wincanton race but has since gone on to win a weaker event at Hereford. Jockey William Marshall will be taking a handy 7lbs off her back and looks likely to be suited by this stiffer test.

Selection: Molly Ollys Wishes (Each Way)


A Plus Tard Horse

14.05 3m (2m7f214y) bet365 December Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Ofalltheginjoints looks the one to beat following his impressive performance in a Exeter handicap recently.

However, he is likely to be short odds and with that in mind Hurricane Harvey is preferred.

The Fergal O`Brien runner looks like he will have more to offer over fences as the season goes on and this type of extreme test is expected to suit.

Selection: Hurricane Harvey

14.40 3m (2m7f214y) bet365 December Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) (Class 1) (4yo+)

The Paul Nicholls trained Monmiral was impressive on his British debut at Exeter and is fancied to maintain his unbeaten record here.

The main danger looks to be Glorious Zoff, who travels over from Ireland once more after a surprise defeat at Sedgefield recently.

Selection: Monmiral

15.15 3m (2m7f214y) bet365 Handicap Chase (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-150)

Trainer Emma Lavelle has a good record in this race and her Manofthemountain looks set to go close here.

He was a good winner at Bangor two runs ago and although he then disappointed at Cheltenham last time, he is likely to be better suited by this track and arrives here a fresher horse this time around.

Previous course and distance winner Boldmere and the inform Jersey Bean are 2 others to consider.

Selection: Manofthemountain

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