Free Tips For Day Two Cheltenham Showcase Meeting 2019
Published on 25/10/19
Cheltenham Racecourse stages the second day of its Showcase Meeting on Saturday (October 26) and the fixture traditionally gets the juices flowing for the National Hunt season ahead. The card kicks off with the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase, whilst other exciting races include the Masterson Holdings Hurdle and the Randox Health Handicap Chase.
Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for the Cheltenham Showcase Meeting.
Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase 2019 Analysis
14:00 at Cheltenham on 26th October
This is the eighth edition of this handicap over 3 miles and 1 furlong, and the last seven have all been won by horses rated between 133 and 140. Six of the last seven winners were also returning from a break of over 100 days. SPs have ranged from 7/2 to 16/1, whilst Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson have each won the race three times.
Hobbs and Johnson team up with Rock The Kasbah, who often goes well fresh, but he has to defy a mark of 150. That’s, amazingly, now 3lb higher than the mark of former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco, who would win this at his best, but probably has the Grand National as his ultimate aim.
Only six horses fall into the narrow rating band of previous winners, but Captain Chaos, Red Infantry, and Na Trachtalai Abu are all a few pounds above their last winning mark. That comment also applies to last year’s winner Cogry. Bob Mahler is also above his last winning mark but Daryl Jacob looks a decent booking for a 7-year-old that may have more to offer.
Masterson Holdings Hurdle 2019 Analysis
14:35 at Cheltenham on 26th October
Tiger Roll, Dodging Bullets, and Sceau Royal are three top-class horses that have won this 4-year-old hurdle in recent years and connections of many of this year’s entries will be hoping their horses can reach a similar standard.
The Irish challengers Soviet Pimpernel and Construct both arrive here race fit, but that hasn’t been a prerequisite to success in the race. Both also have a fair bit to find on ratings with the top English runners.
Torpillo is officially the highest-rated horse on a mark of 148, a mark which he earned when dotting up on his seasonal debut. But it’s worth noting he finished a long way behind Quel Destin last season when the pair met at Haydock, and he’d be of more interest if the rain gets in the ground and changes it to soft.