Cheltenham Festival Ante-Post Selection

Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase Ante-Post

The Cheltenham festival is really not that far away and with the ante-post markets constantly moving we think we have a horse at a double figure price that is worth taking note of.

The Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase is a very difficult race to call every year with normally plenty of horses in with a chance coming up to the last fence.

However, with some bookmakers sure to offer extra places its a race where there is money to be made and we think we have found a very shrewd horse at 20/1.

BEAKSTOWN for trainer Dan Skelton has been targeted at this race all season long running to a fair standard in his competitions starting at Wetherby finishing second behind the impressive Sam Spinner in a Novices Chase.

The six year old although a smart hurdler was always thought to come on and become a really smart chaser with his style of running and he has shown glimpses of that this season.

He headed to Newbury for his second start of the campaign and again was a nice third behind superstar Champ and last time out winner Dashel Drasher.

He ran at Cheltenham in December over the distance of the Close Brothers Race and was a solid third behind Mister Fisher and Good Boy Bobby that will both go on to challenge in the Grade One Novice Chase contests at the festival.

Beakstown if heading for this contest will not be seen again until March with his handicap mark at 139 which is enough to get him in the race but if he was to win his next contest he would not make the cut.

Dan Skelton is known for targeting handicap contests at the four day meeting and it looks like he is doing that again with this gelding.