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Placepot Selections – CHELTENHAM (Friday 10th December)

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Race 1 (12:05pm) WASHINGTON

Winner of opening three starts for Olly Murphy, including a Class 4 contest at Bangor on seasonal return, back in October. He then placed second of three in the Grade 2 – Supreme Trial at Cheltenham (2m, good) last month, when 2 lengths behind I like To Move It. Room for improvement still and the drop to Class 3 level should see him come to the fore here. Strong claims here and a solid opening selection to this placepot.

Race 2 (12:40pm) CORACH RAMBLER

Three wins in five starts so far for this Lucinda Russell trained runner, stepping up, off the back of a useful seasonal return at Perth (2m 4f, good to soft) in September, to take the win at Aintree (3m, good) a mont later, beating Sail Away by 6 lengths, with the remainder a further 13 lengths adrift. He takes a rise off the back of that win, but looks to have more in the bank for this contest and is very likely to feature heavily.

Race 3 (1:15pm) BROOMFIELD BURG

After a green start to his career, Nicky Henderson’s charge won the subsequent two starts, including at Warwick (1m 7f, good) in May, justifying odds of 1/9 with a 9.5 length win. However, in the latest at Newbury (2m, good), he failed to justify odds on status, when 1.5 lengths behind Silent Revolution leading in the closing stages but finding no more when heading tin the final 150yds. Makes handicap debut of a mark of 130 and that makes them a dangerous player here. Big claims if able to show further improvement.

Race 4 (1:50pm) PRECIOUS ELEANOR

One win in fifteen races, with that victory coming back in March at Ludlow (2m 5f, good), but this Henry Daly runner has places nine times in total, showing plenty of consistency. She returned to action in October, when second at Fakenham (2m 5f, good), before placing second once again at Warwick (2m 4f, good to soft), when 2.75 lengths adrift of Fontaine Collonges, who opposes once more. They meet with Precious Eleanor on 4lbs better terms and could reverse that previous encounter.

Race 5 (2:25pm) ENRILO

Paul Nicholls’s runner ended last season with disappointment, having crossed the line first in the Gold Cup Chase at Sandown (3m 4f, good) in April, only to be disqualified a place having severely hung left in the closing stages. His luck got no better, when falling at the thirteenth, in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on his seasonal bow last month. The former Ballymore WInter Hurdle winner remains a dangerous contender, but needs to get round, to avoid further concerns. If stays on his feet, he simply should win this contest.

Race 6 (3:00pm) BALKO DES FLOS

Experienced contender for Henry De Bromhead, but despite his consistent nature, has failed to win since the Ryanair Chase here at Cheltenham (2m 4f, soft) back in 2018. Despite that, a second in the this year’s Grand National (4m 2f, soft) is never a simple task, while his return to action has seen him take his time shaking off the rust, with a fifth of thirteen last time out, here in November for the Glenfarclas Cross Country. May be a little off his very best, but a runner who gives his all. With fitness levels sorted, he should be in the mix for the places and potentially more.


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