Who To Follow On Day Two Of Cheltenham's November Meeting

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 13:45
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NON-RUNNER

Monmiral

J: NON-RUNNER
T: Paul Nicholls
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Age: 5
Weight: 11-4
OR: 149
Days: 219

One of the big events of the afternoon is the Grade Two Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices' Chase over two miles and if taking to fences Monmiral could be the class angle.

A horse that was said by Paul Nicholls was bought to go over fences, but he did show a lot of good form over hurdles, with his stand out run coming at Aintree last year when landing the Grade One Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle.

Monmiral last season really took the whole term to find his form, running no race in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and National Spirit at Fontwell, but back at Aintree on his last run was a good second over 2m4f behind Epatante in the Aintree Hurdle.

Said to be schooling well and fully fit for his first outing of the season he could just be special this season and at the age of five has plenty of progression left in him.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
24/02/24CHP23.5Hy11-94
03/02/24MUS20.5GS11-104
16/12/23CHL20.5Sft10-117
15/04/23AIN24.5GS11-107
04/02/23SAN20GS11-74

Trainer To Follow - Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson is starting to unleash more and more of his stars and at Cheltenham on Saturday he looks to have some live chances.

The first big runner for the yard comes in the Amateur Jockey's Handicap Chase over 3m1f and looking like and out and out stayer and very unexposed, Valsheda is a big player.

Pentland Hills is looking to show the horse everything thought he could become jumping a fence for the first time in the Grade Two Arkle Trial.

Mister Fisher goes for Seven Barrows in the Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase off top weight and On The Blind Side is also the top weight in the 3m Handicap Hurdle.

Henderson's arguably two best chances on the afternoon come in the final two events with Wiseguy in the 2m5f Handicap Hurdle and Luccia looking to land a hat-trick in the Listed bumper.

The handler heads into the meeting in superb form running at a strike rate of 39% for the last two weeks, managing to land seven winners from his last 18 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Harry Cobden

Harry Cobden will be looking to have a big day on Saturday with handful of very nice rides starting in the opener with Blueking D'Oroux thought of very highly.

In the Grade Two Arkle Trial Monmiral is looking to show just how good a horse he is with the Grade One winning hurdler making his debut over fences.

The feature Paddy Power Gold Cup sees some very smart horses and one of them is Cobden's mount Il Ridoto who could be better than a mark of 140.

His final event comes in the bumper on Fortuna Ligna for Anthony Honeyball who was a nice second last time out and could cause an upset.