There’s a wide variety of intriguing racing action on the final day of Cheltenham’s rescheduled BetVictor meeting.
A small but select field go to post for the Grade 2 Shloer Chase.
One of last season’s leading novices, the JLT winner Defi Du Seuil, steps into open company for the first time. He steps down in trip here from his second Festival victory, but proved himself equally adept back at the minimum trip when runner up to Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown.
In opposition are last season’s Champion Chase runner up Politologue, Grade 3 winning chaser Saint Calvados, who bounced back to form when decisively winning a handicap at the Showcase meeting and the admirable veteran Simply Ned, who is running in this for the sixth consecutive year.
Getaway Trump and Al Dancer cross swords once again in the Grade 2 Arkle Trial. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge came out on top when the pair met here last month, despite arguably not travelling as well as the Paul Nicholls runner.
The market expects Getaway Trump to exact revenge in this- though personally I’d be in Al Dancer’s camp once again, as though it seems likely that Getaway Trump should be closer to him this time around, I’d wager the grey has been slightly underestimated in the betting.
The same could also be said for Harry Whittington’s Rouge Vif, who beat Getaway Trump in a Kelso Grade 2 last season and made a promising start over the bigger obstacles at Market Rasen.
The day’s big betting race is the Greatwood Hurdle, where I’m siding with the progressive Welsh Champion Hurdle winner Monsieur Lecoq. Jane Williams’ 5yo has taken a step forward with every run in the past year, barring an easily excusable effort at the Cheltenham Festival where he was turned out only six days after finishing second in the Imperial Cup.
Over in Ireland, Battleoverdoyen will look to confirm his reputation as one of the leading staying novice chasers around in the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novices’ Chase, whilst the enigmatic former Champion Hurdle favourite Yanworth goes over the banks for Enda Bolger in the Risk Of Thunder Chase.