By William Hill
Last Updated: 14th December 2018
Welcome to the Horse Racing Tips section of William Hill News, where you’ll find our best bets and racing tips for some fascinating fare from Cheltenham and Doncaster.
Check out our meditations on why it’s worth avoiding BetVictor Gold Cup runners in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1:50), before you scroll down for our selections across the remainder of the ITV Racing action, including a fascinating edition of the International Hurdle.
Weekend Horse Racing tips
Doncaster 2:10 – Cliffs Of Dover @ 9/2
Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old will have to settle better than he has done on his previous two runs over hurdles but should be more than capable of winning off his mark of 136, having been prolific over timber in his juvenile season.
He’s won six of his nine outings over the small obstacles, five of seven races on the expected good ground, five of his six attempts at this 2m trip and his sole previous spin around Town Moor.
Cheltenham 2:30 – Doux Pretender @ 11/4
Likely to be vying for favouritism with second-season novice Aye Aye Charlie, Nicky Henderson’s hurdler looks to have the greater degree of potential for improvement.
Unlike that rival, whose sizeable rating is based largely on his staying-on fourth behind Black Op in an Aintree Grade 1 in April, Doux Pretender has already won twice over timber.
A scorer on both of his runs over hurdles this term, his most recent success saw him shape like a horse that would find the step up from 2m5f to 3m to his liking, staying on after the last to overhaul the second by a head.
Doncaster 2:45 – Quel Destin @ 5/4
That man Nicholls is expected to run up a Donny double courtesy of a juvenile hurdler that has already proven himself to have the measure of two of his rivals.
Quel Destin repelled Cracker Factory at Cheltenham on the pair’s most recent outing to record his second win in succession. He also finished 10 lengths ahead of Elysees when second to Montestrel at Chepstow back in October.
Cheltenham 3:05 – Silver Streak @ 13/2
Silver Streak has done nothing but improve since leaving Ann Duffield for life at Evan Williams’ base in the Vale of Glamorgan, winning five of his 10 runs and landing silver medals in two Grade 3 handicap hurdles along the way.
The most recent of those came when going down by a neck in the Greatwood Hurdle at this track last month and our horse racing tips are predicting that he should make a bold bid if turning up in a similar form here.
Barry Geraghty, who won last year’s International on My Tent Or Yours, takes over in the saddle to further boost the five-year-old’s chances of going one better this time.