There is a six-race card at Cheltenham on Sunday with the featured £100,000 Greatwood Hurdle due off at 2.40.
Renneti the each-way value in Greatwood Hurdle
John Ferguson has two major contenders in Ladbroke Hurdle winner Nabucco and recent course and distance winner Devilment. The former is up 5lbs since Ascot while Devilment is only 1lb higher than when beating Karezak by three-quarters of a length.
Our second selection is the Willie Mullins-trained Renneti, a six-year-old gelding by Irish Wells. He has patchy form over hurdles but there was nothing wrong with his fourth place in the Cesarewitch on the flat at Newmarket last month. If he shows the same improvement over hurdles he could reward each-way support at 16-1. Old Guard, Mick Jazz and Waxies Dargle have all attracted support in the ante-post market and a case can be made for each of them in a wide open contest.
The action begins at 1.00 with the Supreme Novices’ Trial over two miles. Ferguson’s Maputo bids to extend his winning sequence to five after sprinting clear of Swansea Mile at Kempton last month. His main market rival is Altior, trained by Nicky Henderson. He battled back to recover from a last flight blunder at Ascot last time out.
Garde La Victoire is strongly fancied in the Arkle Trophy Trial
Garde La Victoire the day’s best bet at Cheltenham
Garde La Victoire goes on trial for the Arkle Trophy in the 1.35 for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. He was rated 154 over hurdles and won the Greatwood Hurdle last year when beating Vaniteux by a length and a quarter. He made an impressive debut over fences with a fluent success at Uttoxeter last month.
All eyes will be on Sprinter Sacre on his seasonal reappearance in the Schloer Chase at 2.10. Nicky Henderson’s chasing star has not been able to recapture his best form since suffering from a fibrillating heart at Kempton in 2013. He was beaten six lengths by Special Tiara at Sandown in April. Rivals include the veteran Somersby and Mr Mole who has to concede 10lbs.
Ferguson will be hoping to round off a successful day with the unbeaten Waterlord in the National Hunt flat race which closes the meeting at 3.50. The son of Cape Cross is yet to be tested in three races at Stratford, Perth and Uttoxeter. The main danger could be Dan Skelton’s Chap, a six lengths winner at Aintree in May. He is by Midnight Legend out of a mare by Silver Patriarch.
Free Horse Racing Betting Tips – Cheltenham 15/11/2015
1.00 Maputo (nb) @5-2 Coral
1.35 Garde La Victoire (NAP) @11-10 Bet365
2.10 Sprinter Sacre @10-1 Coral*
2.40 Devilment (each-way) @16-1 Bet365
2.40 Renneti (each-way) @16-1 Betfred
3.50 Waterlord @5-1 Coral
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4
*Odds available to new customers only, maximum £5 stake per customer. If Sprinter Sacre loses, you will still be credited with a free £20 bet!