Cheltenham Tips: Value In This 14/1 Friday Fancy

The three day November meeting at Cheltenham gets underway on Friday and our Racing tipster has two selections to help enjoy the action.

The National Hunt season has been gaining momentum in recent weeks with the big guns from powerful stables making their annual reappearances. For me the November meeting at Cheltenham is the point at which the season really kicks off and I’m really looking forward to the action over the next three days. There are some small fields which is disappointing, but there’s also a lot of races that look interesting from a punting perspective.

Dor Open For Bun

The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (13:45) could be the race of the day on Friday. Stolen Silver is a very interesting contender and I’m looking forward to seeing how he fares against more experienced rivals. He’ll have fitness on his side having run last month when winning quite easily at Market Rasen. This will be a tougher assignment and, although he has plenty of potential to improve, I’m happy to just watch him for now. Editeur Du Guite is another that probably isn’t fully exposed and could run a big race. He has a decent 5lb claimer aboard but I think the price is a little short. Magic Saint is the current favourite and runs off the same mark as when winning this race last year. Angus Cheleda takes a further 5lb off his back and he should be primed for a big run. There’s no doubt this horse has talent, but he can throw in the odd clanger, and that would be a concern when betting at the current odds. With that in mind I’m taking him on.

Bun Doran is the one I’m backing in this race. Tom George’s charge had an off season last year but for the most part he was running at a higher level than this. His official rating has plummeted in the last 12 months from 158 to 140. Prior to last season his form reads pretty well and he has actually faced Magic Saint previously (November 2019). The pair were separated by just a head on that occasion, with Magic Saint landing the spoils. Bun Doran was in receipt of 4lbs that day but now gets nearly double that (7lbs when taking Cheleda’s claim into account). Soon after that race Bun Doran won the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase which is a standout piece of form. If he can return to anywhere near that level he should win here. Coming into this race after a recent wind operation I can see him running a big race at double digit odds.

Let’s Go Rocco

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (15:30) is a race that could throw up a number of horses to follow this season. It looks a talented field and a lot of these looks closely matched. I’m surprised the Gordon Elliott trained Off Your Rocco isn’t favourite for this as he looks to have the best form. His victory in a Listed race at Limerick last time out was impressive and before that he routed a decent field at Listowel. He should love the ground and will have race fitness on his side having been on the go throughout the summer. He has a 5lb penalty to contend with which isn’t ideal but I think he’ll be able to overcome that.

SRD Selections

13:45 Cheltenham – Bun Doran (14/1 BoyleSports) Each Way

15:30 Cheltenham – Off Your Rocco (3/1 Paddy Power) Win