The November Meeting gets underway tomorrow, Friday, November 16th, Countryside Day. The six-race programme runs from 12.40pm through to 3.35pm.
The 2018 Grand National hero Tiger Roll (Gordon Elliott IRE/Keith Donoghue, 11st 12lb) is one of seven starters in the £25,000 Glenfarclas Cross County Handicap Chase (3.00pm) over three and three-quarter miles. The Gigginstown House Stud-owned eight-year-old is also a three-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, most recently in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase in March, 2018.
Gordon Elliott is also set to be represented by 13-year-old Bless The Wings (Davy Russell, 11st 5lb) who was third to Tiger Roll at Aintree and also has tremendous form over the Cheltenham’s Cross County Course, having won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase in 2017 and finished runner-up three times in similar contests.
Fellow Irish handler Enda Bolger has won this contest a record seven times and relies on Josies Orders (Jonathan Burke, 10st 11lb). Owned by J P McManus, the 10-year-old has won three times over the course and distance, including this contest in 2015.
The richest race of the day is the £40,000 BetVictor Handicap Chase (1.50pm, seven runners) over two miles. Trainer Paul Henderson has won the contest for the past two seasons and is represented again this time round by 2017 scorer Doitforthevillage (Tom O’Brien, 11st 9lb). Heading the weights is A Hare Breath (Ben Pauling/Daryl Jacob, 11st 12lb), who has won on his first start of the campaign for two of the past three seasons, including at The November Meeting in 2015.
Action gets underway tomorrow at 12.40pm with the £25,000 Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (12.40pm, 11 runners) over three miles and a furlong. The field includes 2016 bet365 Gold Cup winner The Young Master (Neil Mulholland/Mr Sam Waley-Cohen, 11st 8lb).
Intriguing novices’ hurdle action comes courtesy of the concluding £32,000 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (3.35pm, nine runners) over two miles and five furlongs. Champion Jump trainer Nicky Henderson is represented by the promising Pym (Noel Fehily), while the Colin Tizzard team run recent impressive Fontwell scorer Darlac (Richard Johnson).
Henderson is doubly represented in the £25,000 Steel Plate & Sections Novices’ Chase (2.25pm, seven runners) over two and a half miles with Jenkins (David Bass) and Mr Whipped (Jeremiah McGrath). Both were both very useful hurdlers with ratings in the 140s. Jenkins made a perfect start to his chasing career when successful at Stratford.
Completing the action on Countryside Day is the £15,000 Swanee River Supports Countryside Alliance Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over an extended two miles (1.15pm, 20 runners).