November 13 Racing Tips and Odds: Magistrato the authoritative pick at Cheltenham

Some great action at Cheltenham on Friday and Pete Farries is back with a tasty tip in the Paddy Power Gold Cup plus some dark horses at decent odds on Saturday, November 13.

There was drama on Friday when Dan Skelton's My Drogo fell at the second-last, letting in Gin On Lime via an awesome bit of riding from Rachael Blackmore.

Planet Sport tipster Pete Farries is backing Protektorat to make amends for Team Skelton.

2.15 Cheltenham - Protektorat

Pete is confident Team Skelton can bounce back from disappointment with My Drogo to take the Paddy Power Gold Cup with Protektorat.

The Sir Alex Ferguson owned six-year-old is clearly a class act and comes to HQ with two Cheltenham wins already to his name.

Protektorat won last time out in a Grade 1 at Aintree which bodes well for Saturday's test. Harry Skelton gets the leg up as expected on the course and distance winner and here are a few reason why Pete is protective over Protektorat.

"Dan Skelton has been aiming this runner at this race. Now we know, of course, one of only two Grade 1 runners in this Grade 3 run.

A duel Cheltenham winner previously, I don't know how Protektorat is beaten and I keep coming back every time to Dan Skelton's pick here.

So Protektorat the one for me and again, by the way, off quite a tasty mark this time around."

Dark Horse: Al Dancer

Sam Thomas has come a long way since his jockey heroics on the likes of Kauto Star and Denman. He is now training his own string just outside Cardiff.

Pete has an inkling the switch from Nigel Twiston-Davies to Thomas will draw out some improvement from the previous Cheltenham winner.

Sam Twiston-Davies gets the ride on the horse moved from his father's yard.

The following are a couple of factors why Pete thinks that Al Dancer could be twinkle toed.

"Al Dancer is the way to go. A first run for Sam Thomas this time around, loves coming back fresh, he's four from four when coming to race from 120 day absences.

Of course had a really good race in this last year off a five pound higher mark. So I keep coming again if looking for an each-way or an outsider."

12.30 Cheltenham - Magistrato

Elsewhere the well bred Magistrato looks a lively chance for the boss Paul Nicholls in the 12.30. This son of Kapgarde left David Cottin in France to go to Ditcheat and rewarded Nicholls with a 12 length win on British debut at Chepstow.

Available at around 25/1 for the Triumph Hurdle, watch the odds tumble if Magistrato does the business.

3.25 Cheltenham - Good Time Jonny

In the 3.25, Irish Raider Good Time Jonny can outrun his odds and give punters a good time. The Tony Martin trained six-year-old is going the right way and won well last time out at Gowran Park by five lengths.

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