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Charlie’s Weekend Whispers

Former Talksport man Charlie McCann marks your card with four to follow on Saturday at Cheltenham. View selections below

The BetVictor Gold Cup is the feature race on day two of Cheltenham’s November Meeting this afternoon and the sponsors are betting each way 6 places (1/5th odds) on this valuable and prestigious handicap.

Nicky Henderson’s Rather Be is the 5/1 market leader with BetVictor and is 9lbs better off with Mister Whitaker (6/1) for the head he was behind the latter at the Festival here back in March. My two each way selections against the field in this 20-runner handicap are Kalondra (2.25) and King’s Socks (12/1) with marginal preference for the former.

The selection was still in with a shout when coming down three out in the Galway Plate when last seen back in August and he may have got to the front too soon when third here on similar ground (good) as he will encounter today. I would be disappointed if he wasn’t in the first half-dozen although this is a top-class renewal.

The 3m Novice Chase is a cracker and the mare Theatre Territory (10/1 at BetVictor) receives 12lbs from both Minella Awards and The Worlds End (1.15) and I think she will give the boys plenty to think about. Preference is for the Tom George-trained horse, however a Grade 1 winner over timber as a novice. The selection did not get his ground over hurdles last season but impressed at Chepstow on his first start over the larger obstacles and today’s conditions are ideal. He is 4/5 with BetVictor and is taken to land the odds.

Former Gold Cup winner Coneygree has had his wind tweaked since disappointing in the Hennessy Gold Cup off a 5lbs higher mark back in December. This is something of a retrieval mission in the BetVictor.com Handicap Chase and I feel he is best watched at present. My each way pair against the field are Doing Fine (20/1 with BetVictor) who ran a poor race on his reappearance but will love the ground and is visored for the first time and Singlefarmpayment (1.50) with marginal preference for the latter.

The selection finished second off this mark on his reappearance last season behind Cogry (reoppposes today on 6lbs worse terms) and today’s additional couple of furlongs should suit. Another Tom George inmate the 9-year-old is 6/1 at BetVictor and can reward each way (5 places) support.

Speedo Boy could be thrown in back over timber if he could transfer his improved flat form to hurdles but I feel Aye Right (3.30) could be well handicapped for Scottish raider Aye Right (3.30) who has won both starts stepped up to 2m 5f so far this season. A mark of 123 looks fair and the each way selection is 12/1 with BetVictor who are paying ¼ odds five places.

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