That’s a wrap for day one of the Paddy Power November Meeting at Cheltenham. In another fascinating day’s racing there was a big shock in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase as Tiger Roll pulled up and rising star Easysland could only finish fourth behind the brilliant winner Kingswell Theatre.
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- Matt Chapman’s Magnificent 7 For Saturday’s ITV Races
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- Paul Jacobs’ 5 Big-Value Weekend Wagers
- Paddy’s Cheat Sheet For All 7 Races On Saturday’s Card
- Mick Fitzgerald’s Best Saturday Picks On The Tellybox
So, get comfy as we relive day one of the Paddy Power November Meeting at Cheltenham on Friday and get ready for what looks set to be a wet and wild Paddy Power Gold Cup tomorrow on Saturday.
Hawthorne Cottage and Telart led this field most of the way until things got hot two from home. Induno, Silent Assistant and Castle Robin pulled away to contest the front but it was the latter who held on to take the Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle in the opening race of the November Meeting at Cheltenham with Silent Assistant in second. Steal A March was hampered by a faller four from home but made up ground for third while SP fav Induno didn’t look to quite stay the trip and faded to fourth.
Magic Saint put on an impressive performance to take the Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase from Fanion D’estruval who made a mistake at the last when looking to push on. Those two stormed clear of the field and it was Beat The Judge who followed them home some way back in third.
Protektorat made pretty much all in the Sss Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices’ Chase, travelling nicely and hardly putting a foot wrong. Southfield Stone tried to stay close and applied pressure with three to jump as the leading pair pulled away from the rest. But that challenge spurred Protektorat on and he won it in a flash, bolting forward with two to go to leave the small field trailing in his wake. Southfield Stone fell away badly but did manage to hold on to second place.
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There was disappointment in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase as the mighty Tiger Roll pulled up two thirds of the way round after never really looking fluent or settled. He came home under his own steam and didn’t look seriously injured but it meant the anticipated battle with Easysland never materialised.
In the end it was Kingswell Theatre who pulled off a shock win in this race with an SP of 22/1. Easysland disappointed and could only finish fourth behind the superb winner who made all and powered away after seeing off various challengers. Potters Corner trailed the field for the majority but got up well to take third behind Beau Du Brizais.
The Grand Visir went like a bat our of hell, building up a 12 length lead the half-way mark in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The rest started reeling him in and that lead was down to three by the third last. Does He Know and Polished led the charge and the former hit the front over the last. Wild Romance put up a late fight from the back of the field but the winner’s charge from 2f out was too powerful to stop. Polish crossed the line in third and The Grand Visir was fourth.
The thrilling closer for the first day of the Paddy Power November Meeting at Cheltenham was just won by Lively Citizen from One True King after a photo finish. Run at a healthy gallop, One True King mounted a brave challenge from the front in the Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. He looked gone coming into the final jump but he battled back from fourth to get up to the line and missed out by a whisker to the unfancied Lively Citizen. Chasamax was third.
Full results for Friday at the Cheltenham November Meeting
13:15 Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f)
1: 20. Castle Robin 13/2
2: 13. Silent Assistant 11/1
3: 17. Steal A March 8/1
4: 15. Induno 15/8F
13:50 Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (2m)
1: 1. Magic Saint 10/3
2: 2. Fanion D’estruval 5/1
3: 5. Beat The Judge 9/2
14:25 Sss Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices’ Chase (2m 4f)
1: 2. Protektorat 6/5F
2: 1. Southfield Stone 11/4
15:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 6f)
1: 9. Kingswell Theatre 22/1
2: 6. Beau Du Brizais 22/1
3: 3. Potters Corner 17/2
4: 2. Easysland 8/11F
15:35 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m 5f)
1: 1. Does He Know 11/8F
2: 7. Wild Romance 10/1
3: 5. Polish 11/2
16:05 Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2m ½f)
1: 16. Lively Citizen 33/1
2: 1. One True King 3/1F
3: 10. Chasamax 14/1
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