TEMPLEGATE takes on day one of the Cheltenham November Meeting confident of finding a winner or two.
Read on for our man's top tips as he tackles every race taking place on Friday.
BALKO DES FLOS (2.55 Cheltenham, nap)
Rachael Blackmore takes the ride on BALKO DES FLOS who was an excellent second in the Grand National on his last chase start.
Trainer Henry De Bromhead wisely gave him a pipe-opener over hurdles at Galway last month and he should be raring to go now.
He is blessed with loads of stamina and will have learned from unseating on his debut over this unusual track last season.
If he can jump around Aintree so well, he can cope with this challenge.
GELINO BELLO (3.30 Cheltenham, nb)
He had star quality when scooting in on his hurdles debut at Aintree 19 days ago. He picked up really strongly there and wasn’t stopping come the line.
You would expect Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old to learn plenty from that experience and take another step forward today.
PEUR DE RIEN (1.00 Worcester, treble)
He struck at Kempton before good runs at Perth and Ffos Las. He haven’t seen him since May but his best form has come after a break so that’s not a worry.
He jumps really well and has been given every chance by the handicapper over an ideal distance.
1.10 Art Approval
Good fourth here last time and will be right there again.
1.45 Magic Saint
Won this last season and fit from a comeback run.
2.20 My Drogo
Only has one to beat and should be much too good.
2.55 Balko Des Flos (NAP)
Good second in the Grand National and fit from hurdles run.
3.30 Gelino Bello (nb)
Impressive winner at Aintree last time and has much more to come.
4.00 Samba Dancer
Won over course and distance last month and can strike again.
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11.50 Tommy R
Ran a cracker here last time and can go close again.
12.20 Dreams Unwind
Landed four wins this season and interesting tapeta debut.
12.50 March Law
Went close at Kempton latest and won’t be far away.
1.25 Clear Day
Two good thirds and longer trip should be ideal.
Good win over C&D last time and can cope with weight rise.
2.35 Night On Earth
Just beaten at Wolver latest and right in the mix again.
3.10 Honky Tonk Man
Plenty in hand when scoring at Lingfield last time.
3.40 Silver Bubble
Solid effort here latest and visor going back on helps.
12.30 Head On
Has landed two wins over this course and distance.
1.00 Peur De Rien (treble)
Good third when last seen and best form after a break.
1.35 Makka Pakka
Been knocking on the door and this is a good chance.
Expensive buy who showed promise at Uttoxeter latest.
2.45 Hello Sunshine
Lots in hand when scoring last time out so can follow up.
3.20 Russian Service
Good comeback after a break here last time out.
3.50 Tibbie Dunbar
Loads in hand when scoring at Exeter on latest run.
4.30 Ringo Starlight
Will be much happier back on the all-weather here.
Good fourth on debut when running-on late.
5.30 Super Lover
Solid debut effort when fifth here last time out.
6.00 Last Ammo
Well bred and should know his job on debut under Buick.
6.30 Alphonse Le Grande
Improved effort over course and distance last time out.
7.00 Prince Of Harts
Went close at Newmarket last time and on fair weight.
7.30 Ooh Is It
Can land a hat-trick of wins in what looks an open race.
Keeps winning and can defy a double penalty.
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