Mick Fitz: There’s no place I’d Rather Be than at Cheltenham on Saturday

Here's Mick Fitz with a run through of Saturday's ITV races from Cheltenham and Doncaster...

Comments

Seven races for you live on ITV this Saturday with four from Cheltenham and three from Doncaster.

We kick off at Cheltenham with the feature event, the first race, due to the risk of a low winter sun.

Cheltenham 13:55

I can’t help but feel compensation awaits Rather Be here. He was travelling so well last time when getting brought down at the top of the hill at Cheltenham in a race where Baron Alco beat Frodon.

Mr Medic was such an easy winner of a decent contest at Ascot that he has to be taken seriously here. The weather forecast says we may get a lot of rain, and that’s the only concern with Rather Be. If it is good ground I am very confident.

Cheltenham 14:30

Aye Aye Charlie has contested some decent races and this looks a nice opportunity here. Doux Pretender needed all of the trip last time and strictly on the book holds Aye Aye Charlie through Stoney Mountain that they have both met.

Rockpoint could be the each-way play after a strong finish over this trip last time.

Cheltenham 15:05

The more I look at this race the more I think it will be down to tactics.

They may not go fast enough to suit Summerville Boy, The New One, We Have A Dream or Old Guard and the quickest horse in the race is Western Ryder – as he showed when winning here last year. I think Western Ryder could outrun his price and at worst finish in the money.

Old Guard is a favourite of mine and will always give you a run for your money.

Cheltenham 15:40

Ratoute Yutty gave up a lot of ground at the start in a really good race at Ascot won by a very smart horse owned by JP McManus.

She still finished fourth and deserves to be marked up on that. Her rating gives her scope and as this is a handicap she is tough to ignore.

Sensulano could be the value bet as her win at Ascot was no fluke.

Doncaster 14:10

Irish Roe has a bit of a love affair with Doncaster and she gets the nod here.

She fell at Cheltenham last time but, back at her favoured course, should be seen to better effect.

Doncaster 14:45

This looks a straight scrap between Quel Destin and Cracker Factory.

I thought Quel Destin was comfortably on top at Cheltenham and see no reason to think it will be any different here.

Doncaster 15:20

O O Seven looks to have been found a nice opportunity here with a small field but they will have to be careful of allowing Go Conquer a freebie on the front.

Aidan Coleman has ridden Go Conquer and I think he will be very aware of that. O O Seven gets the nod.

Find the latest betting from Cheltenham and Donny over on paddypower.com