Four Horses To Take Out Of The Cheltenham November Meeting


The first horse from the November meeting that is worth sticking with throughout this season is the Dan Skelton trained Allmankind who landed the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.

The three year old absolutely hosed up on his debut run over hurdles at Warwick beating a field of four runners by 37 lengths and took the eye that day.

His performance on Saturday was even better looking keen early on but staying on stoutly up the hill when under pressure and learning a lot from only his second time over hurdles

The gelding was a smart performer on the flat and has flourished even more since joining the Skelton yard and could be a serious contender at the festival in March.


The second horse we believe is worth taking another chance on is the Colin Tizzard trained Rockpoint That was having his second start over fences in his career when running in the Novices Chase.

As a hurdler the six year old was a course and distance winner at Cheltenham and overall always ran his race but was always said to be better over the bigger obstacles.

The gelding is a half brother to RSA Chase second Santini and as said, is predicted to be better as a chaser and after finishing fourth on his chase debut, was set up for a big run on Saturday.

Being at the bottom of the weights he ran a cracker just narrowly running out of trip and finishing a staying on second to the smart Wholestone for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Robbie Power was very pleased with his horses performance and from the way he stayed on up the hill after also jumping nicely he has to be looked at again in his next few races.

Slate House

One of the hard luck stories from the weekend at Cheltenham was for another of Colin Tizzard's horses and Slate House in the feature BetVictor Gold Cup is certainly one to stick by for the rest of the season.

The 4/1 favourite for the contest had been a horse in very much hit and miss form with the seven year old back in 2017 landing back to back hurdle contests at Cheltenham taking to the track superbly but since then had lost his way.

However, on his seasonal bow this year he bounced back to form with an 11 length win over course and distance also on heavy ground which gave him leading claims for this contest.

He travelled beautifully all the way round and coming up to two fences out he was looking like the horse with the most left in the tank.

Unfortunately for connections when touching down from his jump over the second to last fence he lost his footing and came crashing down with Robbie Power chucked out of the saddle.

If getting over that obstacle he looked the clear winner of the contest and has to be stuck by for his other events this season.

Defi Du Seuil

The final horse and a very obvious candidate to be shrewd about from what he has already done during his career but the Philip Hobbs trained Defi Du Seuil made a superb start to his campaign that puts him in good stead for a huge season.

The six year old landed the feature contest on the Sunday in the Grade Two Shloer Chase seeing off a field of three other runners including Grade One winner Politologue.

The J P McManus owned gelding is a dual festival Grade One winner landing the Triumph hurdle back in 2017 and then last season taking the JLT Novices' Chase over fences.

He is a smart performer that seems to be getting better with age and with aspirations for either the Champion Chase or Ryanair Chase at the festival this season he has to be looked at closely.