Free Tips For Cheltenham International Meeting [Day One]
Published on 12/12/19
Cheltenham stages day one of its International Meeting on Friday (December 13), with the weather forecast suggesting the meeting will start on good to soft ground, with the Cross Country Course riding slightly softer.
The highlight on the card is the BetVictor Handicap Chase, with quality supporting races including the International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Chase, and the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Cheltenham.
International Decorative Surfaces Novices' Chase 2019 Analysis
12:45 at Cheltenham on 13th December
This novices’ chase over 3m 1f 56 yards is the second race on the card and it has been won by plenty of horses that have gone on to bigger and better things including Blaklion, Sizing Tennessee, and The World’s End.
An interesting quintet of horses are set to line up this year. Aye Aye Charlie has run plenty of decent races but looks the most exposed of the five runners. Rockpoint has run two creditable races here at Cheltenham over fences but ratings suggest he could be one for handicaps after this run. Imperial Aura is much less exposed, but he also has something to find for trainer Kim Bailey whose string could be in better form.
Nicky Henderson is a trainer that traditionally has plenty of winners in December and Pym was a good winner last time from a mark of 137. That earned him a rating of 149 and, though he sets a decent standard, he does have to concede 5lb to a horse that was rated higher than him over hurdles.
BetVictor Handicap Chase 2019 Analysis
14:30 at Cheltenham on 13th December
This class 1 handicap chase is run over 3 miles and 2 furlongs. It hasn’t thrown-up any really strong trends over the last decade, but Colin Tizzard has won two of the last three editions.
This Year, Tizzard relies on West Approach who was well-backed to win last month’s Ladbrokes Trophy but unseated his rider early on. But Robbie Power keeps the faith after the pair won a handicap at Cheltenham two starts ago off an 8lb lower mark. He’s still 4lb lower than his highest hurdles rating but must carry 6lb more than any winner in the last decade.
Rock The Kasbah, Dandy Man, and Cobra De Mai also look high in the weights compared to past winners. But a potentially well-weighted runner is What A Moment who has won off a 2lb higher mark here, be it in a lower grade.