No rest for the wicked this weekend as we have Day Three of the November Meeting on Sunday.
Best bet for the horseracing at Cheltenham
The Grade Two two-mile Shloer Chase at 2.55 is the race of the day even if it is a somewhat disappointingly small field. Jonbon is odds-on and the seven-year-old looks likely to be ranked around the very best over two-miles in the coming months. The only defeat last season came when second in the G.1 Arkle here at the Festival and it is perhaps a concern for odds-on backers that he wasn’t at his best round here. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he won but I am going to take him on. Edwardstone is no mug and though his season was a bit of a disappointment after winning the G.1 Tingle Creek last year can’t be taken lightly. That said I would need to see some of the sparkle from his Novice campaign of 21/22 returning before I would back him. Editeur Du Gite is a decent sort but looks up against it in this line-up. Nube Negra is a frustrating type but has won this twice and goes well fresh so I have an inkling this might simply be the time of year to catch him. His trainer said in a recent season preview “He won the Shloer the last two years and that is very much the plan to get him ready for that. He is a great horse first time out, and is best when fresh.” At the prices I am prepared to take a chance on the nine-year-old and have a bit of the 11-1