Friday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Cheltenham and Bangor

The ITV cameras are covering four Cheltenham races live on Friday December 10, plus one from Bangor, and we've a tip for each.

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Rose Of Arcadia (13.50 Cheltenham)

Happy Hollow (14.05 Bangor)

Commodore (14.25 Cheltenham)

Back On The Lash (15.00 Cheltenham)

Botox Has (15.35 Cheltenham)

13.50 Cheltenham - Rose Of Arcadia

Venetia Williams' Fontaine Collonges has been put in favourite for this mares' chase over 2m4f and that's understandable as she was brave when winning at Warwick last month, rallying after a mistake at the last in the back straight to collar the re-opposing Princess Eleanor on the run-in.

The runner-up is better off at today's weights but the winner was probably more superior than her winning margin of a little under three lengths would suggest and she can confirm the form.

However, she faces a potential useful recruit to fences in Rose Of Arcadia and the odds on the Colin Tizzard-trained mare are big enough to tempt us in.

A £170,000 purchase after beating a subsequent winner - also with Tizzard and 2-2 over hurdles - on her only Irish point start, she has shown a fair level of form over hurdles, including when winning at Wincanton in February, and she's capable of better still now chasing.

Connections are probably eyeing up the new mares' chase run on Gold Cup day here, for which today's race will provide valuable experience, and she is also fit from a recent spin over hurdles.

The recent rain is another thing in her favour as she likes to get her toe in.

14.05 Bangor - Happy Hollow

Paricolor has done most of his winning in selling company but he's run cracking races in handicaps the last twice, finishing runner-up on both occasions under his amateur pilot, and the latest when stepping up to a similar trip to today's.

He looks sure to go well again but narrow preference is for Happy Hollow, who has also improved since tackling staying trips, including when winning a maiden at Uttoxeter in February and finishing second at Hexham when last seen out in October.

He would have finished much closer to the winner on that occasion had he not met with traffic problems when coming through runners, and this scopey sort looks to be on a winnable mark.

Both Getalead and Zafar might find today's ground softer than ideal, while Tedham hasn't won for almost two years now, for all he's become well handicapped.

14.25 Cheltenham - Commodore

If Williams is out of luck in the ITV opener, she has another solid chance in the shape of Commodore, who is making his seasonal reappearance in this 3m2f handicap chase and is probably best caught fresh.

The nine-year-old was only caught in the final strides by recent Becher Chase winner Snow Leopardess at Haydock in November 2020 following a break, having looked sure to win approaching the last, and won on his seasonal return the year before.

He's had wind surgery since pulling on his final start of last season and is just 1lb wrong this afternoon, with the feather weight of 10 stone on his back. With the stable continuing in good form, he has to go well at a nice price.

Bookmakers prefer the chances of Enrilo, who was demoted to third after finishing first past the post in bet365 Gold Cup back in April, and had yet to be asked a serious question when falling in last month's Ladbrokes Trophy.

He remains a progressive young chaser and has to be greatly feared if none the worse for that recent experience, while Hurricane Harvey, who posted a decent effort when third in the Badger Beer Chase, is another to consider.

15.00 Cheltenham - Back On The Lash

The first five home in the Cross Country Chase run here at the November meeting take each other on again and the winner on that occasion, Back On The Lash, is fancied to overcome a 3lb rise in the handicap and go in again.

Martin Keighley's seven-year-old had been good form over the summer, winning three handicap chases over regulation fences, before topping that with a neck success over Singing Banjo, keeping on strongly on the run-in and looking a natural at this new discipline.

If anything he was a little too bold and big over the fences and it's hoped that the experience, along with some further schooling since, will have taught him to not to jump so high and go through them, allowing him to gain further ground.

If that's the case, his margin of success could be even greater this time around and we're happy to take that chance at current odds.

The third horse home in the November contest, Diesel D'Allier, is entitled to strip fitter this afternoon, given he'd been off the track for 203 days previously, and is feared most.

15.35 Cheltenham - Botox Has

Sporting John was given a patient ride when scoring at the last meeting here on his first run back after wind surgery and a subsequent 5lb rise might not stop him confirming the form with the re-opposing second and third, Onagatheringstorm and Kansas City Chief.

He's a worthy favourite and we wouldn't put anyone off backing him, albeit at shortish odds, but we're going to take a chance that first-time cheekpieces and the step up to 3m can spark a revival from Botox Has.

Gary Moore's five-year-old was a smart juvenile hurdler two seasons back, including when chasing home Allmankind in a Triumph Hurdle Trial run here, and he started off last season by winning a class 2 at the October meeting, before losing his form and pulling up in the Coral Cup when fancied.

He was back at Cheltenham on his most recent start in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle and ran a bit of a strange race, losing ground quickly halfway and dropping to the rear before staying on again at the finish.

On that evidence, he definitely needs further and, having been dropped a further 4lb since, it wouldn't suprise to see him run a big race back at a track where he has shone in the past (overall form figures here of 211P8).

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