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Cheltenham: The November Meeting – 12th November: DOM’S NAP + NB | Friday’s 2 Best Bets

Our two best bets for the opening day of the November Meeting at Cheltenham

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A trappy encounter in the penultimate contest of the opening day of the November Meeting but the vote goes to Charles Byrnes’ Irish raider, whose Galway form was well franked earlier this week.

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Cheltenham’s Friday card gets underway at 1:10pm

He was a fair horse in bumpers but couldn’t have won his hurdles debut any more takingly and there could be more to come with this sort of trip and test sure to suit.

Gordon Elliot’s horses are in good nick so Off Your Rocco must enter calculations, with Gelino Bello another to keep onside.

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The son of Mustameet cost a handsome fee before failing to meet market expectations on his Ascot debut in November 2019.

Horse trainer Paul Nicholls at Hereford Racecourse Supreme
Paul Nicholls has three runners in Gloucestershire for the November Meeting’s first day

However, that was a hot race and he’s won both of his starts over hurdles since, beating some very good rivals in the process.

The second and third from his Newton Abbot win have both gone in since, so that nice form boost could put him well ahead of his mark of 122, particularly with Lorcan Williams claiming 3lb.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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