The Greatwood Hurdle at 3pm is the feature race as the curtain comes down on day three of Cheltenham’s November Festival – and as always look very competitive.
Nicky Henderson’s Verdana Blue heads the market – as she looks to continue the progression she has shown so far this season and scooted up last week at Wincanton, after an earlier success in a Listed Hurdle at Kempton.
There’s two who could go well at decent prices here, the first being Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra, who was a promising juvenile last season and has had a recent wind op. The stable has been banging in the winners and if that wind-op has improved him at all he’d look a very good each-way play off his current mark.
At a bigger price, Tom Lacey’s Vado Forte looks potentially well handicapped. He shaped really well in a good race on reappearance and looks to have been primed for this. While the unseasonably good ground is a slight concern for his chance – he’s double-digit price could make up for it.
Ballyhome still looks very unexposed for the in-form Fergal O’Brien team. He has a very valuable 10lb claimer up and if he can improve again from his recent Wetherby romp he looks sure to be involved at a decent price.
We’re quite keen on both Claimantakingforgan and Dynamite Dollars, though at the prices, Dynamite Dollars probably rates the better bet. He was a useful hurdler last season though seems to have improved massively for fences this season. Some of the opposition, such as Defi Du Seuil and Pingshou are likely to need the run.
There’s no dissent in thinking Le Prezien looks the best bet here. While he’s not necessarily the best horse in the race, he has everything in his favour regarding fitness, ground and trip. He looks set to run a big race in the Shloer Chase.
This looks a really weak race and the favourite, Seddon, has been touted by his trainer as potentially being better better than last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Summerville Boy.
If that’s in anyway true, then he really should be winning this.
Paul Nicholls’ McFabulous looks a horse to follow this season. His trainer stated that he thought this was his best chance of the weekend. Given he’s already had two winners that looks as good a tip as any.