Baron Alco (8/1) landed an incident-packed renewal of the feature £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup, in which a host of fancied horses including Kalondra (13/2) and Rather Be (7/1), failed to complete. Punters did land a telling blow towards the end of the afternoon with trainer Ian Williams recording an 11.5/1 double, following the successes of well-backed 6/4 favourite First Assignment (Listed Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle) and 4/1 joint-favourite Speedo Boy (BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle).
An excellent six-card takes centre-stage at Cheltenham this afternoon and the Paul Nicholls-trained The Dellercheckout is the well-backed 9/2 favourite with Unibet from 11/2 for the opening two mile and five furlong Steve & Sue Ibberson Happy Retirement Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (1.15pm). Slightly disappointing in four starts last term, the five-year-old son of Getaway has undergone a breathing operation.
The £35,000 G2 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (1.50pm) over two miles looks a fascinating contest with five progressive novice chasers going to post. Another Paul Nicholls inmate Dynamite Dollars, is catching the eye of punters and is a 2/1 shot from 11/4 with Unibet. The five-year-old son of Buck's Boum was a taking nine-length winner on his chasing debut at Market Rasen in October and bids to provide Ditcheat handler Nicholls with a seventh success in the G2 event since 2008.
Possible G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase clues could emerge in the £75,000 G2 Shloer Chase (2.25pm) over two miles. The Alan King-trained Sceau Royal looked a chaser to follow last term, winning four of his first five starts before injury curtailed his season. He is a solid 6/5 favourite with Unibet, but opposition to him in the market has come from the J P McManus-owned Le Prezien, an 11/4 shot from 3/1 with Unibet. Trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Barry Geraghty, the seven-year-old made a nice return to action when second in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.
The feature £100,000 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (3.00pm) is proving a tricky puzzle for punters to solve, but the Nicky Henderson-trained Verdana Blue is a solid favourite with the sponsor, who are paying five places ¼ odds, at 9/2 from 5/1. Four-year-old Nube Negra finished a good third in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March and is the one for each-way support in the two-mile event, constricting in price to 7/1 from 10/1 with Unibet.
Tom George's Seddon made a taking debut over hurdles at Stratford earlier this month and is a strong Evens money favourite with the sponsor for the G2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (3.30pm). Colin Tizzard's Elixir De Nutz was a good second at The Showcase Meeting at Cheltenham in October and is a 9/2 shot from 5/1 with Sky Bet.
In the concluding race of The November Meeting, the Listed High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire & Racing Remember Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, the Nicky Richards-trained Ribble Valley has attracted each-way money into 5/1 from 6/1 with Unibet.
Today's Market Movers:
1.15pm - Steve & Sue Ibberson Happy Retirement Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle - The Dellercheckout 9/2 from 11/2
1.50pm - Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase - Dynamite Dollars 2/1 from 11/4
2.25pm - Shloer Chase - Le Prezien 11/4 from 3/1
3.00pm - Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle - Verdana Blue 9/2 from 5/1 & Nube Negra 7/1 from 10/1
3.30pm - Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle - Elixir De Nutz 9/2 from 5/1
4.00pm - High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire & Racing Remember Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race - Ribble Valley 5/1 from 6/1