Through The Card: Cheltenham, Saturday October 22

It's day two of Cheltenham's Showcase Meeting on Saturday
It's day two of Cheltenham's Showcase Meeting on Saturday

Timeform provide their Placepot picks for the second day of Cheltenham's Showcase Meeting.

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13:50 - There looks to be plenty of pace on here thanks to Coologue, Keltus and Silver Man, to name just three, and that should suit the strong-staying Cogry (7). Nigel Twiston-Davies often targets this meeting and his charge was a respectable third to Firebird Flyer in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter when last seen. A strong gallop would also suit the normally patiently-ridden Henryville (1) who shaped well when fourth to Potters Cross at Chepstow last time, finishing with running left.

14:25 - It's dangerous to assume, but the useful chaser No Duffer may be using this as a warm up for a return to fences, and preference here is for West Approach (1). This half-brother to Thistlecrack made light of the drop in trip when successful at Newton Abbot in May and is expected to improve further this season with another summer under his belt. Wholestone looks worth another try at this trip, having impressed at Warwick last time, and along with stablemate Ballymalin is one to take very seriously.

15:00 - Leoncavallo (2) ran very well at Pontefract 19 days ago and, fit from that outing, might have the edge on some of his returning rivals. He was far from disgraced when fifth to Ivanovich Gorbatov in the Triumph Hurdle on his final start that season and the only negative here is that his rider is unable to claim his usual allowance this afternoon. A second string to the bow is recommended, however, with Gibralfaro (6) getting the nod ahead of his stablemate Sceau Royal. Gibralfaro was a good third to Diego du Charmil in a handicap at Chepstow a fortnight ago, while Sceau Royal is better than he was able to show on his final two starts in Grade 1 company last term. The market is likely to favour Adrien du Pont, who progressed with every start last term and is open to more improvement this season, however his weakest effort last year came on his reappearance.

15:30 - Devils Bride (1) had an alternative engagement in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Sunday but has a strong chance here, having shaped with promise on his debut for Henry de Bromhead last time. The drop in trip is in his favour and with his jockey's useful claim, he looks fairly handicapped. Sizing Platinum is interesting on his first start for Colin Tizzard, however he is one of several front-runners and it's possible that Boondooma, Dunraven Storm and Always On The Run may set this up for a closer. Mr Fiftyone(9) won at Punchestown in May and June (by one and three-quarter lengths from Devils Bride on latter occasion) and shaped as if better for the run when behind that same rival last time. He is another that should have the race run to suit.

16:05 - Golden Doyen proved at least as good as ever back over hurdles when winning at Newton Abbot last time, however he was better placed than most and could be vulnerable here in this stronger race. For Good Measure (8) shaped best when a head second to Kelvingrove in a handicap at Market Rasen last time, collared on the line after drawing clear after the last, and he looks one to follow this season. Westren Warrior (6) can be forgiven his effort in the Pertemps Final at the Festival, unable to sustain his effort after a bad mistake at the fourth, and is preferred to Eshtiaal, Call The Cops and Taglietelle.

16:40 - A terrific early-season novices' chase in which preference is for Shantou Village (1). Neil Mulholland's charge produced his best two efforts over hurdles last season at this track and looked a natural over fences when winning on his chasing debut at Fontwell in August, only making a slight mistake at the last. He's an exciting prospect for this season and can defy a penalty. Brother Tedd shaped as if he would come on for the run when second on his chasing debut at Newton Abbot earlier this month and he rates a big danger, as does Knockgraffon who looks the type to improve now tackling fences. Qualando showed plenty of ability over hurdles, while Mick Thonic and Solstice Star can also have a case made for them running well.

17:15 - Rebecca Curtis has saddled two winners and two runner-ups in the last five renewals of this race and it's worth taking a chance on her newcomer Coroner's Report. The former point winner isn't bred to be anything special but it looks significant that he makes his debut here. Brahms de Clermont stormed clear on debut at Taunton and looks a nice prospect, whilst River Wylde improved when winning at Warwick last time impressively by 23 lengths. The market should help in respect to the newcomers, including Flower Ball.

Recommendations:

13:50 - 1, 7
14:25 - 1
15:00 - 2, 6
15:30 - 1, 9
16:05 - 6, 8
16:40 - 1

Placepot permutation:
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