One key runner from each of the nine races on ITV4 on Saturday
vertem.co.uk Doncaster Stakes (Listed), 6f
A race full of flashy pedigrees and high-profile yards but the Les Eyre-trained Just Frank stands out. Winner of the big £150,000 sales race at Newmarket this month, he could give the likes of Lippizanzer and Zamaani plenty to think about.
Masterson Holdings Hurdle, 2m½f
A cracking running of this race but Allmankind is the one to truly stand out. Third in the Triumph Hurdle in March, the front-runner returns to Cheltenham on a road leading back the festival once again. Botox Has and Strategem shape as his biggest challengers.
Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap, 5f
Mighty Spirit has placed in three of her six starts this season without managing to get her head in front but looks to have been found a good chance to do so here. However, hardy handicappers Abel Handy and Wrenthorpe will not make it easy.
Best Odds At Matchbook Novices' Chase, 2m4f
Solid novice chase form behind the likes of Brewin'upastorm and Who Dares Wins make Southfield Stone the one to beat here. But small-field races at Cheltenham always present a challenge and Pileon, Not That Fuisse and Coole Cody are worthy adversaries.
Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1), 1m
King Vega has shown ability on both his starts and looks to have the potential to emulate stablemate Kameko, who took this 12 months ago. Aidan O'Brien saddles Dewhurst second Wembley, while One Ruler is still unexposed for Charlie Appleby.
Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle, 3m
A 20-length victory at Hereford last time was proof of the improving profile of Neville's Cross and a similar display here would surely make him the one to beat. But with the likes of Tobefair, Flinck and Honest Vic to contend with, this will be anything but straightforward.
Molson Coors Beverage Company Stakes (Group 3), 7f
Laneqash made a striking debut at Ascot in August and improved when narrowly beaten in a Listed race at Doncaster. The winner that day, New Mandate, has subsequently won a Group 2 and Laneqash will be a warm favourite to win this and stake his claims for next season's 2,000 Guineas.
Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase, 3m1f
Something of a Cheltenham specialist, Cogry strung together three excellent runs at the track last season including a third-placed finish in this. He will surely go well against a field including topweight Frodon and the promising Manofthemountain.
Pravha Stakes (Group 3), 1m4f
In a race that is remembered for Logician's failure, Euchen Glen registered a career-best effort when landing the rescheduled Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at York earlier this month. He stays in that company for this contest, but his task is made harder as he shoulders a 3lb penalty for that victory.
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