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Cheltenham TV Trends (Fri 10th Dec 21)

The tapes go up for the opening day of the 2021 Cheltenham December Meeting (The International) this Friday (10th December) with FOUR LIVE ITV races from Prestbury Park.

As always, here at GeeGeez we are on hand with his quick-fire trends ahead of the LIVE races - use these stat to help find the best profiles of past winners.


1:50 – CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Chase Cl3 2m5f ITV4


Five previous runs
5/5 - Aged between 6-8 years-old
5/5 - Between 0-1 chase wins before
5/5 - Ran in the last 6 weeks
4/5 - Finished in the top 5 last time out
4/5 - Irish bred
4/5 - Yet to race at Cheltenham
3/5 - Unplaced favourites
3/5 - winners carried 11-3 or more in weight
2/5 – Winning favourites
Madera Mist won the race in 2020



2.25 – Betfair Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 3m1f110y ITV4

16/19 – Raced within the last 4 weeks
16/19 – Had won over at least 3m (fences) before
16/19 – Had run over fences at Cheltenham before (7 won)
14/19 – Had won at least 3 times over fences before
13/19 – Returned 13/2 or shorter in the betting
12/19 – Aged 8 or younger
11/19 – Carried 11-0 or more in weight
11/19 – Went onto run at the Cheltenham Festival that season (none won)
11/19 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
10/19 – Irish bred
9/19 – Placed favourites
9/19 – Aged 7 or 8 years-old
7/19 – Won last time out
5/19 – Won by the Pipe stable
4/19 – Winning favourites
2/19 – Trained by Colin Tizzard (2 of last 5 runnings)
2/19 - Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies (2 of the last 3 runnings)
Storm Control (5/1) won the race in 2020
Cogry (9/1) won the race in 2018 and 2019
Robinsfirth (7/4) won the race in 2017


3.00 – Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase Cl2 3m7f ITV4

16/17 – Raced within the last 4 weeks
15/17 – Went onto run at that season’s Cheltenham Festival (4 won)
14/17 – Had run over the Cheltenham Cross Country course before
13/17 – Returned 7/1 or shorter in the betting
13/17– Placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd last time out
11/17 – Won by an Irish-trained horse
10/17 – Aged 9 or older
10/17 – Placed favourites
8/17 – Aged in double-figures
7/17 – Had won over the Cheltenham Cross Country course before
7/17 – Trained by Enda Bolger
7/17 – French bred
6/17 – Won last time out
5/17 – Carried 11-12
Some Neck (18/1) won this race in 2020
Easysland (5/2) won this race in 2019
Fact Of The Matter (6/1) won the race in 2018
Josie’s Orders won the race in 2015

3.35 – Citipost Handicap Hurdle Cl2 3m ITV4

15/18 – Had raced at Cheltenham before
14/18 – Aged 7 or younger
14/18 – Carried 11-2 or less
14/18 – Had won between 1-3 times over hurdles before
13/18 – Irish bred
13/18 – Ran within the last 6 weeks
11/18 – Unplaced favourites
11/18 – Rated between 127 and 137
10/18 - Priced 15/2 or bigger in the betting
9/18 – Winners that went onto run at the Cheltenham Festival that season (one winner)
8/18 – Ran at Cheltenham last time out
8/18 – Had won over at least 3m (hurdles) before
6/18 – Won last time out
3/18 – Winning favourites
3/18 – Trained by Philip Hobbs
2/18 - Trained by Jonjo O'Neill
Come On Teddy (11/2) won the race in 2020
Goodbye Dancer (13/2) won the race in 2019
Aaron Lad (15/2) won the race in 2018










Back On The Lash claims cross-country spoils

Back On The Lash stayed on strongly up the hill to win a thrilling race for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

After 32 fences and three and three-quarter miles, it was the Martin Keighley-trained seven-year-old who got up in the final half-furlong to land the spoils in the hands of Sean Bowen.

Back On The Lash, who was backed down to 4-1 favourite, was never too far off the pace set by Potters Corner and Alpha Des Obeaux – but he was only fourth jumping the second-last fence.

Diesel D’Allier, the winner in 2019, led at that point and looked like landing the honours for a second time, only to give way in the closing stages.

Back On The Lash (black cap, right) tracks the front-runners
Back On The Lash (black cap, right) tracks the front-runners (Zac Goodwin/PA)

The race developed into a duel on the climb home between Back On The Lash and Singing Banjo, with the former prevailing by a neck.

Diesel D’Allier was a length and a half back in third followed by the Henry de Bromhead-trained pair of Plan Of Attack and Balko Des Flos.

“He’s just a novice chaser, but we took him schooling a few times around Cheltenham and he just seemed to absolutely love it,” Keighley said.

“We thought we’d give it a go and Sean’s ride was just outstanding.

“I thought it was a really good performance, the trip was a big question mark but he made it really well.

“He’s so tough, his jumping for a novice was perfect. We’re very, very pleased.

“He’ll be aimed at coming back here (Cheltenham) for the cross country at the December meeting, definitely.”