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|Simply The Betts||14/1||Ante Post
Cheltenham 14.15 - Sat 13th Nov
|Galahad Quest||14/1||Ante Post
Cheltenham 14.15 - Sat 13th Nov
Date of Tips: 09/11/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (12:53 09/11/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
The Ante-Post glasses are back on this afternoon and this time around, we are looking ahead to the Cheltenham November Meeting and the feature race on the Saturday, the Paddy Power Gold Cup over 2m4f. This premier handicap in the calendar is always one that is well represented and this year looks no different whatsoever. Classy horses like Protektorat and Lalor are set to run, and my colleague Will Smith, has already made a compelling case for two runners in the race. However, perhaps unwisely – I’m going to take him on with two bullets of my own.
The first of the two comes at the top of the weights and is perhaps the elephant in the room in this race, being the classy Simply The Betts, who will be making his stable debut for Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost is jocked up. Formerly trained by Harry Whittington, this horse has not been seen for a whole year since lining up in this race when coming sixth off 3 pounds higher. That was a spirited run given how poorly he jumped and showed off that he can in fact compete off these big weights in these sorts of races. Now with the champion trainer, I would be disappointed if this horse wasn’t ready to rock and roll for the big day despite a big absence to overcome.
Looking back on his season during 2019/2020 is the best way to approach Simply The Betts, who made rapid improvement through the handicapping system. This culminated in wins over C&D on Cheltenham Trials Day and then again at the Festival in March, when defying a poor jump at the last to win comfortably in the Plate. After that performance, I was under the impression that this horse may well work up into being a Grade 1 performer, and I’m still of the opinion that those thoughts are not pipe dreams just yet. I wouldn’t be sure whether Assemble will turn up to this race off a mark of 156, so therefore he could be top weight in this contest. That doesn’t deter me from having a bet on him and the price of 14/1 with William Hill and SkyBet represents good each way value.
The other horse comes from the exact opposite side of the spectrum, as it is a horse that at the current declaration stage, might not get into the race. However, those that follow the daily selections will know that I backed Galahad Quest at Wetherby last time out, when encountering a massive drift before the off. However, he ran a highly credible race back in third, and I was particularly impressed by his jumping for a horse that still doesn’t have much experience over the big sticks. He has been unmoved off the mark of 135, and as a result I think he would have a great chance in this race if sneaking into this race at the bottom of the weights.
Galahad Quest is currently number 21 on the list, with 20 horses going to post – so we are in need of some horses coming out in the next few days. However, looking at the list of potential runners, I would be disappointed if one horse was not to come out at that time. His form from last year looks quite nice, where he beat the impressive Marown at Haydock in a good standard handicap back in February. Also in his favour is that he was at the track before, when taking out a juvenile hurdle back in January 2020. That is very encouraging for now taking on this race and hopefully the run at Wetherby can both take him forward fitness wise and also give him some excellent big handicap experience. He is also available at 14/1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes, and should also be backed each way.