Steel Plate and Sections Novices’ Chase

NichollsFriday 13th November, 1.40pm, Cheltenham

The second race to come from Cheltenham tomorrow is the Steel Plate and Sections Novices’ Chase. This is a two mile and four furlong encounter and we’ll see seven runners go to post here.

More Of That is the star attraction of the day at Jump Racing HQ and makes his long awaited return to the track, as he hasn’t been seen in around a year. The Jonjo O’Neill trained seven-year-old makes his chasing debut here and is the 7/4 favourite with Barry Geraghty on board.

The jockey gets a very good tune out of the gelding and this horse was a superb winner of the 2014 World Hurdle of course, getting the better of the excellent Annie Power.

After a year off, it’s tough to know just what to expect from this horse, but if he is anywhere near his best, he is sure to take all of the beating. You have to think that whatever happens here though, the horse will improve for the run.

As De Mee goes for the in form team of Paul Nicholls and Sam Twiston-Davies and does have some chasing experience after finishing second at Chepstow behind Cocktails At Dawn last month.

That was an encouraging chasing debut from the five-year-old and he’s sure to improve from that. The horse likes a stiff track too and could prove to be a decent bet at around 7/2.

Nicky Henderson’s Might Bite has only been seen on three occasions, but was a winner in two of those races and has landed a hurdle race at Cheltenham back in April, so there are no doubts about the track.

Henderson often does very well with this kind of horse and the six-year-old is very much unexposed. He’s available to back at 6/1 right now.

It’s then 13/2 about Ballyathon, who is a really interesting contender here. He was second behind Faugheen in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle back in March 2014 and then wasn’t seen until a little earlier in the month.

The horse looked to be going well before making a mistake and unseating rider at Warwick and you’d think he’d have learned a bit from that race. Ian Williams’ charge could be a little bit underestimated here.

It’s then 9/1 about Dell Arca, 16/1 for Double Shuffle and The Society Man is the 250/1 outsider.

This isn’t a race to be going mad over in terms of betting and although we think More Of That is the horse with the most talent, this could be a good chance AS DE MEE to get his nose in front.

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