Horse Racing tips: Our Pundits’ Cheat Sheet for ITV racing at Cheltenham on Sunday

All aboard for a Super Sunday on ITV Racing as the curtain comes down at the Prestbury Park fiesta.

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Just like that, we arrive at the final day of the spectacular November Meeting at Cheltenham, but thankfully we still have another pulsating afternoon to look forward to on ITV Racing. The Shloer Chase (14:20) and Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (14:55) head the field from Cheltenham action with action from Fontwell and Punchestown also, so be sure to book your spot on the coach early doors.

While they may not have the brains or muscles of The Avengers, but Matt Chapman, Ruby Walsh, Mick Fitzgerald, Frank Hickey and Timeform know the racing game inside-out and we’ve twisted their collective arms to give us their picks for all seven races. Huzzah!

Did you notice the new slick version of our Cheat Sheets by the way? You don’t even have to download or print them anymore. Simply pick which pundit’s play you like the most and click on our snazzy bet widget to put it in your bet slip. Easy-peasy!

Now let’s hopefully sort some winners.

Matt Chapman

Ruby Walsh

Mick Fitzgerald

Frank Hickey

Timeform

Matt Chapman

At the age of eleven YALA ENKI is not getting any younger or better but I still think he will take some stopping for the champion Paul Nicholls and Byrony Frost.

Ruby Walsh

It says a lot about English racing that there’s only six runners in this race. I fancy the Irish runner GO ANOTHER ONE.

Mick Fitzgerald

Beaten a short head in this race last year you know YALA ENKI handles the track. Ok, he may prefer softer ground but he has got form on the surface and you know the trainer is going to have him fit for this run.

Frank Hickey

EMPIRE DE MAULDE won very nicely at Kempton last month. He’s only 7 and improving. I’ll side with him.

Timeform

YALA ENKI is a grand stayer who also goes well fresh so he is fancied to make a winning return now he has been shown some respite from the official assessor.

Matt Chapman

SHARJAH is the mount of the handler’s son Patrick and the pair have never really had the credit they deserve. At the end of the day Sharjah has been second in two Champion Hurdle events and when the ground is not too testing he’s a very talented performer.

Ruby Walsh

Echoes In Rain always goes forward and she’ll be fresh on Sunday. She has a big step up to get to ABACADABRAS but it’d be good to have a new runner to take on Honeysuckle. It’s hard to be confident though so I’m going to go with Abacadabras to take her on.

Mick Fitzgerald

The ground should be perfect for SHARJAH he comes here fresh and that isn’t normally a negative so I take him to spring a little bit of a surprise.

Frank Hickey

ECHOES IN RAIN has to improve now in open company but has the ability to make up into a Champion Hurdle horse.

Timeform

SHARJAH looked better than ever when runner-up in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring and has no Honeysuckle to deal with this time. 

Matt Chapman

With a rating of 167 POLITOLOGUE is still right in the mix here and is decent odds. The former Champion Chase hero has always been talented and while he’s possibly lacked super star status he’s a very classy horse on his best days

Ruby Walsh

This is a battle between NUBE NEGRA and Put The Kettle On and I’m siding with Nube Negra. Rouge Vif and Politologue will guarantee pace in this race and it’ll suit Nube Negra coming from behind.

Mick Fitzgerald

PUT THE KETTLE ON is 3-3 at the track including an Arkle Chase and a Queen Mother Champion Chase.  She has to be respected as this has been her target for some Time.

Frank Hickey

I’ll side with PUT THE KETTLE ON purely on her Cheltenham record and she’s as tough as nails. It was a coin toss between her and Nube Negra.

Timeform

NUBE NEGRA seems best when fresh and was arguably unlucky not to beat Put The Kettle On in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival here in March so shades the vote over the Irish mare who has an excellent record at this track.

Matt Chapman

A tough race to call. That said, I really do believe JESSE EVANS will take a load of beating for Noel Meade. He’s progressive and while one of the fancied ones won’t be too skinny.

Ruby Walsh

I like ADVANCED VIRGO for Charles Byrnes. I thought he ran really well on the Flat in his last start. He races off 133 in the UK and he’s 130 in Ireland. He’s well treated and Daryl Jacob rides… he’ll do me!

Mick Fitzgerald

CORMIER ran well in this race last year so has good experience of the track. He races of a lower mark this year with the ground more in his favour and I think at the prices makes a lot of sense as a really good each way bet.

Frank Hickey

Gary Moore is in great form with a 29% strike rate in the last two weeks so I’m going for BOTOX HAS at a big price. He’s a bit to prove but a good record at Cheltenham and Niall Houlihan takes 5 pounds off.

Timeform

 A typically competitive renewal, with a chance taken on GALICE MACALO who shaped well on her Chepstow reappearance and has a strong-travelling style which should be well suited to the demands of this race.

Matt Chapman

LE BREUIL is well handicapped now and stays very well. His jumping is also sound which is crucial at this tight track so expect a bold show for Luca Morgan who takes off a valuable 5lb.

Ruby Walsh

I don’t really have a fancy in this to be honest.

Mick Fitzgerald

LE BREUIL was fancied for the Grand National by lots of people this year. If he can find anything like his best he will win here. Luca Morgan takes a valuable 5lbs off which will help.

Frank Hickey

LE BREUIL was a National Hunt Chase winner in 2019, he hasn’t won since but is on a fair mark now as a result.

Timeform

SALTY BOY’S losing run is mounting up but he’s lurking on a dangerous mark nowadays and should be all the sharper for his comeback

Matt Chapman

Very easy to go with I LIKE TO MOVE IT here for the Twiston-Davies team. The improving four-year-old ran at this track last time and was a fine winner, keeping on strongly to deny Tritonic.

Ruby Walsh

I’m going with WASHINGTON. I was really impressed with his run at Bangor and it seems a pretty obvious choice for me.

Mick Fitzgerald

I am taking a punt on WASHINGTON who is having only his second run over obstacles. The son of Westerner looked like a horse to follow when winning at Bangor and I think he’s an exciting youngster.

Frank Hickey

WASHINGTON is 3 from 3 and Olly Murphy is flying it so I’ll probably just side for him.

Timeform

I LIKE TO MOVE IT still has work to do in the jumping department but he clearly possesses more than his share of ability having won 4 times already and is very much the one to beat again.

Matt Chapman

NATURAL HISTORY who was once decent on the Flat for The Queen but who now needs to get it together for Gary Moore and son Jamie over hurdles. My hope has been a beaten favourite in four out of his last five starts which says much – but this is winnable.

Ruby Walsh

Mick Fitzgerald

Natural History is obviously interesting off his flat form but PYRAMID PLACE will be hoping to carry on the good run of his trainer, Milton Harris. The horse ran a very good race at Chepstow and will like the test.

Frank Hickey

As mentioned, Gary Moore has his string in fine form and NATURAL HISTORY returns on a workable mark considering he is rated 101 on the Flat.

Timeform

A few in with a chance but NATURAL HISTORY is almost certainly still ahead of his mark over hurdles so he’s put forward as the answer. Gary Moore continues to fire out the winners and he can add to that tally here.

What do you think?