Five Horses To Take Out Of Cheltenham's November Meeting

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Perseus Way

Perseus Way is the first runner we are putting up as to one follow for the rest of the season as the Gary Moore ran a cracker on hurdles debut having been a decent horse on the flat for both Charlie Appleby and Owen Burrows.

Sent straight into the Grade Two Triumph Hurdle Trial on Saturday, the three year old gelding jumped poorly but travelled into the race really well to finish second behind the smart Scriptwriter.

If improving on his jumping he will be winning races throughout the year in that Juvenile sphere with him taking massively to his new trip.


Next up also coming from racing on the Saturday is the Nicky Henderson trained Wiseguy, who bumped into a superbly well handicapped Irish raider at the weekend and if not getting burnt by the handicapper will be winning races in no time.

Seen for the first time in January 2021 at Doncaster when winning a 12 runner bumper and managing to see off the talented Hillcrest.

Not so good at Fontwell when back in third behind a nice type in Datsalrightgino on hurdles debut, he got off the mark at the second time of asking at Doncaster stepped up to 3m 1/2f and revelling in the new trip.

Dropped to 2m5f at Cheltenham off a mark of 119 he ran a cracker to finish six lengths back in second behind Unanswered.

He drifted off a true line when jumping the last gifting the race to Tony Martin's runner who would have won anyway but with Wiseguy still with plenty of scope for improve we think he can be a nice one for the Seven Barrows yard.

Back up in trip next time out will play to his strengths.


Richard Hobson's Fugitif will be winning a race this season if being in the same form as his display on Friday with seven year old finishing a narrow second behind the very smart Joe Tizzard trained Amarillo Sky.

A winner off a mark of 131 in January at Newcastle he was then upped slightly and started to struggle but off the same mark at the weekend he put up his best effort for a while and if not harshly penalised by the handicapper should be winning races over two miles.

His performance was a step back in the right direction.

Railway Hurricane

Gavin Cromwell was a winner at the November meeting last week but he also had an unlucky loser in Railway Hurricane who travelled like a dream in the Novices' Limited Handicap Chase over 2m4f on the Friday but had to settle for second.

A horse that has been running well over fences for some time but just not managing to win, back in Ireland he will be winning races off a reduced mark.

Upped to 130 for his run at Cheltenham on Friday Railway Hurricane was smuggled into the race by Keith Donoghue but when asked to find off the bridle he didn't and Unanswered Prayers was a very game winner.

The gelding will be racing off less than 130 in Ireland and over 2m4f again on a flatter track he can take a nice pot.

Fontana Ellissi

The final horse to take out of the November meeting is the Samuel Drinkwater trained Fontana Ellissi who has been the bridesmaid on a few occasions now but will be winning races in no time.

Second at Cheltenham's October meeting behind Seddon in a 2m4f Handicap Hurdle, on Saturday he stepped up to three miles in the Handicap Hurdle and was less than a length back in second behind Annual Invictus who made all from the front.

The step up to three miles bought big improvement for the gelding and not set to be penalised to bad by the handicapper he should go close in similar events.