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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Ten highlights to look out for on a stellar Saturday

Saphir Du Rheu: trainer Paul Nicholls may have not given up hope
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Charli Parcs
JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle 
12.00 Cheltenham
No-one has won more Triumphs than Nicky Henderson and there's a glint in his eye and excitement in his voice when talking about this youngster.

Uxizandre
Clarence House Chase
1.45 Cheltenham

Alan King can do little wrong at the moment and he has even managed to get a right-handed Grade 1 run left-handed – the way Uxizandre, last seen winning the 2015 Ryanair, must go.

Saphir Du Rheu
Hugo's Restaurant Barbados Trophy Handicap Chase
1.10 Cheltenham

Paul Nicholls may regret speaking so fondly of the eight-year-old, who has not really delivered as a senior chaser, but one suspects the champion trainer has not given up hope.

Silviniaco Conti
BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase
2.15 Cheltenham

Like with Saphir Du Rheu, Nicholls might fancy a final big strike for this 11-year-old.

Many Clouds
BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase
2.15 Cheltenham

Regaining the Randox Health Grand National is the main objective but this immaculate jumper may have connections eyeing a crack at the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

More Of That
Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
2.50 Cheltenham

Cross-country races aren't everyone's cup of tea, but JP McManus seems a fan and it'll be interesting if this is the end of More Of That's Gold Cup aspirations or an attempt to revitalise a horse Jonjo O'Neill rates among the best he's trained.

Kotkikova
galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle
4.00 Cheltenham

McManus has the favourite for the Cleeve and Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle in Unowhatimeanharry, but this summer signing from France is full of promise.

Ballyoptic
Galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle
4.00 Cheltenham

Nigel Twiston-Davies's reluctance to run The New One in the Stayers' Hurdle might be down to the chance he gives stablemate Ballyoptic in the race.

Topofthegame
Neptune Investment Management Classic Novices' Hurdle
3.25 Cheltenham

Only five, but you get the feeling Nicholls thinks there might be a Gold Cup horse inside waiting to get out.

Give Me A Copper/Overland Flyer
Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle
2.30 Doncaster

Both wide-margin West Country winners for Nicholls so mustn't be dismissed; Denman was one once you know.

You get the feeling Paul Nicholls thinks there might be a Gold Cup horse inside waiting to get out
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