Cheltenham Friday Preview – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

The first of two Cheltenham blogs – I have three rides on Friday and will be back on Friday afternoon with my plans for the weekend writes HARRY SKELTON. The stable also have Latenightpass running who bids to go one better than last month in the Cross Country Chase.





12:40pm Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m 4 1/2f

I’m looking forward to riding him, as he obviously did it very nicely last time out at Haydock. It is the first time around Cheltenham for him and hopefully he will handle the big galloping track nicely. It’s a competitive race, but he’s been in good form since Haydock with no negatives at home. Hopefully he can go well.



1:15pm Catesby Estates Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m 1f

He’s had a bit of a break since his last run (49 days). I think the plan is to ride him a bit differently this time – I’m going to take my time on him, hopefully they go a good strong gallop, and he can come off a fast pace. He had a bit of a look around at the finish last time, and he’s a horse that will want plenty of cover so hopefully in a handicap like this he’ll get that. I think off his mark he is nicely weighted, so I do expect a good run from him.

WALK IN CLOVER (pictured below)


1:50pm Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Series Qualifier) (Class 3) 2m 4 1/2f

A mare who has plenty of ability, but you never know quite what you’re getting from her. She is more than capable of running a big race, but can be unpredictable. She does things her own way and she can be keen. If she decides that she’s in form, then she could run very well.



3:00pm Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 3m 5 1/2f

He has been in great form since his first trip around the cross-country course, has been back home for another school and is in great form. Gina (Andrews) obviously keeps the ride as it is a family horse of hers. Hopefully, now he’s got a bit of course experience under his belt he will go really well.

Good Luck




Author: Eugene Morris