Paul Nicholls's Southfield Theatre has made a faultless start to his chasing career and will look to build on his win in the Rising Stars Novices' Chase this afternoon and the Ditcheat inmate will be a red-hot favourite for the Grade 2 Worcester Novices' Chase at 2:10pm.
Already as short as 16/1 for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, the six-year-old has shaped with real quality over the larger obstacles and he will face only two rivals this afternoon with Carraig Mor the most likely danger, as Alan King's charge aims to build on his chasing debut.
On the opening day of the Hennessy Gold Cup meeting there's some eye-catching contests and the Harry Fry-trained Jollyallan will aim to give AP McCoy another victory in the bet365 Novices' Hurdle at 12:25pm, whilst the aforementioned Nicholls will unleash Le Mercurey in the Listed Gerry Feilden Hurdle at 3:15pm.
There's a cracking jumping alternative at Thurles this afternoon and the unbeaten classy hurdler Un De Sceaux will have his first start over fences and the current ante-post favourite for the Arkle Trophy will be warm order for the Killinan Beginners' Chase at 12:20pm.
Taunton and Uttoxeter will round off the afternoon National Hunt action with a brace of meetings over the sticks, whilst Kempton Park will offer the evening all-weather action with their Polytrack fixture kicking off at 3:55pm and going right through until 7:25pm.
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We will be aiming to continue our winning ways after some decent winners over the last couple of months.
Some mouth-watering chase events will take place over the next couple of months and a stellar line-up of potential Cheltenham Gold Cup candidates will do battle in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, whilst the Hennessy Gold Cup will be the star attraction at the end of the month at Newbury in another thrilling betting heat.
Fingal Bay was one of the stars of the Cheltenham Festival and the red-hot team of Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson will aim to launch into the limelight again on Saturday afternoon with the Pertemps Final winner in what will be a top notch renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup.
The Newbury showpiece is always one of the star attractions of the National Hunt campaign and a host of classy performers will do battle with the likes of Djakadam and Smad Place another notable duo.
Chance Du Roy was a fine winner of the Becher Chase last season and he is one of the prominent figures in a wide open betting heat for the Becher Chase, which will take place at Aintree on December 6 and could give some early Grand National clues.
Mendip Express has been ultra-progressive over the last couple of seasons and has to be respected, whilst the likes of Balbriggan and Monbeg Dude are just a brace of classy performers that may head to Merseyside for this unique test.
Our resident tipster Steve Chambo will be filtering through the form guides to gain those all-important winners, whilst racing presenter Tom Lee's Horse Racing Tips will be a regular addition to the tipping zone.
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