Who To Follow At Cheltenham On Friday - 12/11/21

Cheltenham - November 12 2021
Cheltenham 15:30
Harry Cobden

Gelino Bello

Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls
Age: 5
Weight: 11-0
Days: 19

Gelino Bello holds clear leading claims in Fridays feature, the Grade 2 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, on the back of his impressive hurdles debut last time out at Aintree.

He travelled strongly that day, going easily before being shaken up to lead and stretch clear by a comfortable 6 length margin.

The son of Saint Des Saints remains completely unexposed over obstacles and should now progress once more here.

Track and trip both look destined to suit and another big run is to be expected given the ease of his last.


Trainer To Follow - Fergal O'Brien

The Fergal O'Brien yard have been in excellent form thus far this season and the trainer actually boasts a +£8.71
profitable return at Cheltenham across the last 5 seasons (17 - 149).

His string of jockeys have also been performing admirably; Paddy Brennan is the most successful jockey at the November Meeting in the last five years, boasting 7 winners, yielding a profit of £46.75 to a £1 level stake.

Furthermore, Liam Harrison has more than proven himself solid value for his claim this season, boasting a 22% strike rate when teaming up with O'Brien; the pair have finished 1st or 2nd in 48% of their rides this season (35 - 74), an impressive statistic.

Fergal O'Brien has six entrants on Day One of the November meeting, including 4 in the Valda Energy Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

He'll be hoping to continue his rich vein of form and utilise his leading jockeys in bringing home his best chancers.

Jockey To Follow - Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore returns to the scene of her superb Cheltenham Festival antics in top form.

Fresh from a 4-timer at Naas on Saturday, she crosses the Irish Sea holding an impressive 32% strike rate across the last 14 days.

She rides twice on Friday, both for her boss Henry De Bromhead, upon short priced fancies Gin On Lime and Balko Des Flos.

Its hard to overlook her abilities in any contest, particularly here at Cheltenham when flying over especially to ride.