Thursday, 16 November 2017

November Meeting: Cheltenham legend Cause Of Causes seeks second Cross Country prize

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Triple Cheltenham Festival hero Cause Of Causes is hoping to cement his place at the top of the Cross Country pecking order, as he takes on ten rivals back in Cheltenham's Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3:00).

The 3m6f steeplechase is the first event on the road to the Cheltenham, and makes his return after it's absence from last year's November meeting.

The 2015 National Hunt Chase and 2016 Kim Muir hero went on to strike in the Glenfarclas Chase by nine lengths last season, before finishing an excellent second in the Grand National.

"Cause Of Causes makes his seasonal debut in the Cross Country Chase," Elliot said to his Betfair blog.

"The three time Cheltenham winner jumps like a stag and benefited from a schooling session at a local cross country course last week where I was very pleased with him.

"He rounded off last season with a valiant second in the Grand National with his penultimate start a nine length victory ahead of stablemate Bless The Wings over course and distance.

"He did very well for his summer break and obviously this is an ideal race for him, he goes with every chance under Jamie Codd, horse and rider are a match made in heaven at Cheltenham!"

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French raider Urgent De Gregaine denied JP McManus a clean sweep of Cross Country prizes last season

Sharing the famous green and gold hoops of JP McManus is Cantlow and Auvergnat. The latter was fourth to Jamie Codd's mount when they met here in March, but is an improving prospect. Veteran Cantlow won a prize her eleven months ago.

French trainer Emmanuel Clayeux is double handed in the Cotswold. Urgent De Gregaine was a 50-1 shock winner of a Cross Country in January, whilst Vicomte Du Seuil comes here following a victory in a similar event in his home country.

The likes of Aubusson, Kingswell Theatre and Bertie Boru make their debut in this type of event.

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