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

Cheltenham - December 11 2021
Cheltenham 15:00
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Aidan Coleman

Song For Someone

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Aidan Coleman
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Tom Symonds
Age: 6
Weight: 11-6
OR: 155
Days: 21

The feature race of the afternoon at jumps racing HQ is the Grade Two International Hurdle over 2m 1/2f and last year's winner Song For Someone is our pick to defend his title.

The French flat recruit managed to win twice over hurdles as a juvenile before finishing sixth in the 4-Y-O hurdle here won by Pentland Hills. 

In his first season in open company he was first tested in handicaps. Winning a low grade event easily, he then went on to place in a listed event and a Grade Three. 

A mark in the 150’s started to look too stiff for handicaps and he transitioned into graded conditions company. Grossly outpaced in the Kingwell Hurdle two out, his massive engine kicked in and he rallied from the last flight to snatch victory at the line. 

The really likeable performance saw him put away. Returning to the track last season for the three runner Ascot Hurdle, he was the outsider but won almost unchallenged when making all from the front. 

Dropped in trip for his next run in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, another very likely performance saw him deny Silver Streak by a nose. Conceding a penalty for Grade Two successes, he showed his tenacity to hold on in a tight finish. 

He was next seen in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton, a change in tactics didn’t play to his strengths. Held up at the back of the field didn’t make use of his stamina and he failed to get anywhere near Goshen.

He rounded off last term being pulled up in the Aintree Hurdle with nothing going right for the horse on the day.

Back for another season he made his seasonal return when a good second behind Buzz in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot and following the same path to his win in this last year, he should be fully tuned for another big run.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/03/22CHL24Sft11-109
05/02/22SAN16GS11-114
11/12/21CHL17GS11-62
20/11/21ASC19.5Gd11-62
08/04/21AIN20GS11-7PU

Trainer To Follow - Dan Skelton

Dan Skelton has sent a very strong team of runners to Cheltenham on Saturday and that could see him with a few winners across the day.

He starts the meeting off with Message Personnel in the Juvenile Hurdle with the three year old having a live chance being a nice french recruit.

Other big chances across the day for the Skelton team include My Drogo in the Novices' Chase, Amoola Gold in the Simon Claisse Handicap Chase, Ballygrifincottage in the Albert Bartlett and Wilde About Oscar in the International Hurdle.

Dan Skelton heads into the December meeting in fine form currently running at a strike rate of 25% for the last two weeks, having managed 14 winners from 55 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman has a handful of lovely chances across the Saturday at Prestbury Park and we believe he might pay to follow across the day.

The Irishman's first big chance of the afternoon comes on Notre Pari for JP McManus in the two mile handicap chase, having finished a decent second on seasonal debut.

In the same colours one of his best shouts of the day comes on Dostal Phil for Philip Hobbs, with the gelding a big eye-catcher over course and distance last time out.

In the Albert Bartlett he rides Barony Legends for Olly Murphy who is not without a chance, but in the International Hurdle he has a huge opportunity to land the race for a second year running with Song For Someone.

Coleman has been riding well of late running at a 17% strike rate for the last fortnight, managing four winners from his last 23 rides.

James Mackie

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