Cheltenham Tips: Joe To Prove His Greatness

The Shloer Chase is the feature race on the final day of the November meeting at Cheltenham but we're spying the value in the supporting races.

Day three of the November meeting is dominated by small fields, but the trend in bucked by the Greatwood Hurdle which draws a big field of 20 runners. While the remainder of the fields are small, they don’t look to be lacking in quality and it looks a terrific days racing.

Joe – Ordinary or Great?

The Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (14:55) is a race that has been kind to me in the past and I’m hoping that trend continues. This is a very competitive race and it’s always run at a blistering pace. No Ordinary Joe is the favourite and he looks the real quality horse. He’s unexposed in the handicap and the rating of 133 looks pretty lenient. He’s a horse that’s been on my radar since finishing fourth behind My Drogo last season. He looked fairly babyish that day but showed signs of potential. It’s a slight concern that he bypassed the big festivals last season, opting instead to run (and win) two low level events. He’s the most likely winner in my opinion and, even though I hate backing favourites in races like this, I think the 6/1 on offer is a pretty good price. I also don’t often back two horses in a race, but I think there’s value in the Irish Raider Bua Boy and I’d be kicking myself if I over looked him. I tipped him up two runs ago at Galway and he ran a nice race to finish second. He was heavily backed that day and I think there’s more to come from him. He travels well through his races and these big fields handicaps look like his cup of tea. A price of 16/1 with firms paying 7 places looks too big to ignore.

Worth Another Go?

Earlier in the day my eye is drawn to the John McConnell runner in the Jewson Click And Collect Handicap (13:45). Go Another One ran at last month’s meeting at this venue and although he finished fifth, he showed signs of promise. He looked like this step up in trip would be ideal and I can see him running a big race. Yala Enki will blaze a trail from the front and I can see Go Another One cruising around in the rear of the field before coming with a late challenge. Jockey Kieran Buckley claims 5lb and that’s an added bonus.

SRD Selections

13:15 Cheltenham – Go Another One (9/2 Bet365) Win

14:55 Cheltenham – No Ordinary Joe (6/1 BoyleSports) Win

14:55 Cheltenham – Bua Boy (16/1 SkyBet Paying 7 Places) Each Way

14:55 Cheltenham – No Ordinary Joe/Bua Boy Reverse F/cast (0.25 Units)