ITV Racing Saturday Cheltenham And Lingfield Preview

James Mackie

Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 13:45
4
NON-RUNNER

Monmiral

J: NON-RUNNER
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
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
16/11/22WAR16.5Sft11-42
07/04/22AIN20GS11-72
27/02/22FON19GS11-74
27/11/21NCS16GS11-75
08/04/21AIN17GS11-01
Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 14:20
7
Darragh O'Keeffe

French Dynamite

J: Darragh O'Keeffe
T: M F Morris
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-6
OR: 148
Days: 23

The big race of the afternoon at Prestbury Park on Saturday is the Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 2m4f and again with a big field going to post we have picked out two who are interesting.

French Dynamite could just be extremely well in with the handicapper for this event having been an exciting hurdler and shown enough in good chase events this season to suggest a mark of 148 is not beyond him.

Having good form in Grade One and Two events over hurdles, he was sent chasing in October 2021 and having used that first experience he got off the mark at the second time of asking at Punchestown.

Sent to the Dublin Racing Festival when chasing home Galopin Des Champs back in sixth, he was then dropped into a Grade Three event at Thurles and beat Ciel De Neige to take the event.

Finishing last season at the Punchestown Festival in the Novice Handicap Chase off a mark of 144 he was a good third behind El Barra and Busselton who have both franked the form since, with the fourth Fan Des Blues also winning this season.

French Dynamite has been seen one this season in a hurdle event at Thurles when winning comfortably over 2m7f and that would have set him up perfectly for a crack at this event off 148.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
12/11/22CHL20Gd11-62
20/10/22THU23Gd/Y11-01
29/04/22PUN21Gd/Y11-43
19/03/22THU18Gd11-21
06/02/22LEO21.5Y11-106
Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 14:20
15
David Noonan

Galahad Quest

J: David Noonan
T: Jane Williams
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 10-3
OR: 131
Days: 35

At a bigger price and definitely a horse to play each way is the Jane Williams trained Galahad Quest that has been consistent of late and holds some strong form at this track last season.

A fairly decent record round Cheltenham running at jumps racing HQ five times, winning once over course and distance and placing in another event, whilst also posting a close fifth of 19 when seen in this race last season off a mark of 135.

Running in this event off 4lb lower on Saturday and having been very consistent in a lot of runs but slowly dropping down the handicap, he could put up another big effort.

His second on seasonal debut at Chepstow would have put him bang on for this and getting a bit more juice in the ground will only play to his strengths.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/10/22CHP19.5GF10-32
26/03/22STR22.5Gd11-102
26/02/22KEM24GS10-95
29/01/22CHL20.5Gd10-112
01/01/22CHL20.5Sft10-56
Lingfield (AW) - November 12 2022
Lingfield (AW) 14:35
8(5)
Daniel Tudhope

Summerghand

J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 9-5
OR: 109
Days: 42

The first event on ITV from Lingfield is the Listed Golden Rose Stakes over 6f and Summerghand for David O'Meara could be very tough to beat.

A superb yardstick for David O'Meara over the years landing races like the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood, Group Three Abernant Stakes at Newmarket All Weather Sprint Championships and Listed Hopeful Stakes to name just a few.

Having also been threatening in handicap events throughout his career, off a mark of 110 at the start of this year and not getting any younger he has found things difficult.

His latest few runs in big fielded events at York, Royal Ascot in the Wokingham Stakes and next time out in the Stewards Cup have all been respectable and with another superb fourth in the Great St Wilfrid he showed he is still progressing at the age of eight.

He took his form to a new level since that run winning the Constantine Handicap at York off a mark of 97 and then ran a cracker in Listed company at Newmarket not far behind the winner in fifth.

Off 102 he landed the 24 runner Ayr Gold in emphatic fashion and then at Ascot in the Group Three Bengough Stakes last time out he arguably gave his best run of the season when second to superstar Rohaan only 1 1/2 lengths behind him.

Drawn nicely in Stall 5 and being a course and distance winner at the track, he looks one of the most likely winners.

Logo Hunter and Harry's Bar the dangers.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/10/22ASC6GS9-42
17/09/22AYR6Gd9-51
27/08/22NMK6Gd9-35
20/08/22YOR6GF9-01
13/08/22RIP6GF9-14
Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 14:55
2
Mr R James

Lisnagar Oscar

J: Mr R James
T: Rebecca Curtis
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-12
OR: 142
Days: 213

In the Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle over three miles we are giving a chance to Lisnagar Oscar who we think could bounce back to form at a big price.

A winner at the 2020 Cheltenham festival when taking the Grade One Stayers' Hurdle from Ronald Pump, hitting a top rating of 160 he has not been the same horse since.

Showing very little form over the last two seasons his best runs have come at Cheltenham when third last season in the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle.

However, being pulled up on three of his last four runs his mark has now dropped to 142 which now makes him appealing and with this shrewd 7lb claimer Rob James takes off further weight which essentially sees him racing off 135 and off that mark over a course and distance he is proven on, he could just bounce back at a big price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/04/22CHL24Gd11-9PU
17/03/22CHL24Sft11-10PU
29/01/22CHL24Gd11-03
18/12/21ASC24.5GS11-7PU
26/11/21NBY24GS11-05
Lingfield (AW) - November 12 2022
Lingfield (AW) 15:10
9(10)
Jim Crowley

Missed The Cut

J: Jim Crowley
T: George Boughey
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-1
OR: 108
Days: 89

The second and final event from Lingfield on the all weather is the Listed Churchill Stakes and Missed The Cut if able to get over from stall 10 is the most likely winner.

The three year old has been seen five times in his career, making his debut at Newmarket when fourth in a hot race won by New London on debut, but since then Missed The Cut has gone unbeaten in his last three events.

Taking out his first event at Pintefract over a mile when hosing up by 11 lengths, he was then sent Salisbury where he was another smart winner, this time winning by close to six lengths under a penalty.

Making his handicap debut at Royal Ascot last time out the colt was obviously extremely well handicapped when taking the Golden Gates Stakes over 1m2f in dominant style.

Sent to Deauville when last seen in August in the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano he ran no race and has not been seen since.

The winner of that race has since finished a stellar fourth in the Arc and off the back of a break Missed The Cut could be tough to beat.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/08/22DEA10GS9-25
18/06/22ASC10GF9-31
12/05/22SAL10Gd9-61
27/04/22PON8GF9-51
13/04/22NMK10Gd9-24
Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 15:30
12
Nico de Boinville

Wiseguy

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 10-13
OR: 119
Days: 337

The Penultimate event of the afternoon at Cheltenham but final race on ITV is the Intermediate Hurdle over 2m5f and a common theme of the day is dutching the race.

The first of the two selections in this race is the Nicky Henderson trained Wiseguy who is very unexposed and looks a fast improving type for a top yard.

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 should be no problem as he looks the type who will get up the hill and with big potential on his shoulders he could turn out to be a very smart hurdler, especially off a mark of 119.

Potentially well in.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/12/21DON24.5GS11-41
14/11/21FON17.5Gd10-123
11/01/21DON16.5GS11-51
Cheltenham - November 12 2022
Cheltenham 15:30
14
Peter Carberry

Unanswered

J: Peter Carberry
T: A J Martin
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 10-5
OR: 111
Days: 172

At a slightly bigger price and more of an unknown in the race is Irish raider Unanswered for Tony Martin who is another that could be better than his lowly mark of 111.

Running on the flat throughout the summer off extremely low marks he has been in good form in staying handicaps having four wins and two places in seven runs.

A horse that obviously has big potential over both codes, he showed what he can do over hurdles on his last run at Punchestown in May when landing a 19 runner Handicap off a mark of 89 by close to nine lengths.

Having his first run back over timber for 172 days on Saturday he looks an interesting runner and should be extremely fit having only ran on the flat 17 days ago.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/10/22CUR14Sft/Hy10-05
29/07/22GAL14Sft9-122
27/07/22GAL16.5Gd/Y9-72
13/07/22KLN14Gd9-101
24/05/22PUN16.5Gd11-81

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