Friday 13th November, 2.50pm, Cheltenham
One of the feature races on the opening day of the Open Meeting from Cheltenham tomorrow is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
This race is held over three miles and six furlongs on the Cross Country course at Cheltenham and if you haven’t seen a race like this before, it is well worth watching. A field of 16 head to post for this one and it is unsurprisingly a very competitive encounter.
The favourite in the betting right now is Josie’s Orders, who is a 6/1 shot and runs for Edna Bolger, who is a superb trainer in races like this. Nina Carberry takes the ride and she’s got plenty of experience round here too.
The seven-year-old gelding was a winner at the Punchestown Festival back in May when winning a Cross Country chase and you’d expect the horse to go well here.
He has a recent run over hurdles last month and that would’ve freshened him up for this encounter. At 6/1, you could argue this horse is a good price.
Any Currency is then available at 8/1 and was a good second in the Cross Country at the Cheltenham Festival back in March. He has plenty of experience here and is sure to run his race.
At twelve-years-old, the horse is now getting on a bit, but he’s been a cracking servant to the Martin Keightly yard and no one would say he doesn’t deserve a success in this race.
Rivage D’OR is another 8/1 shot and this ten-year-old beat Any Currency by over two lengths at the Festival earlier in the year, so could be a big price.
He was then well beaten in the Irish Grand National in April and then pulled-up at Punchestown, but will be well suited by having a break as he often goes well fresh.
Willie Mullins has two entered in this one right now and they are 8/1 shot Dognora, who will be parented by Katie Walsh, and Patrick Mullins’ mount Uncle Junior.
Both have a good chance here and Uncle Junior is a course and distance winner, so could be value at 9/1 for top connections.
You can then get 9/1 on Saint Are, 10/1 and Sire Collonges and it is then 12/1 about Champion Court and Loose Chips. The rest of the field is at 17/1 and over.
You can see by the betting that this is a seriously competitive head and we’re going to be backing two here.
RIVAGE D’OR has the experience round here and has to be worth an EW bet at 8/1. Also, LOOSE CHIPS goes for the in-form Charlie Longsdon and should enjoy these obstacles. He’s a nice price.
Bring on the carnage of the Cross Country Race!