Cheltenham Trials Day Betting Preview & TipsPublished January 18, 2018
Cheltenham Trials Day takes place on Saturday the 27th of January 2018 and is the last chance for Cheltenham Festival hopefuls to gain some experience of the world famous racecourse at Prestbury Park.
Of course, the competitive action will be fierce and of top quality, attracting some of the big name horses in the shake up for the top honours later in March at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
There are just 28 opportunities to win a Cheltenham Festival race and Cheltenham Trials Day in January is an important meeting for the 4-day Festival, along with being a jolly good Saturday afternoon of jumps action in its own right.
Cheltenham Trials Day Best Bet
Cotswold Chase – Bristol De Mai to win
This time last year at the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day, Many Clouds showed all of his heart and class to deny the strong travelling Thistlecrack, who went off at long odds-on to win the Cotswold Chase.
In 2018, you could easily see Bristol De Mai take his chance in the race, after having excuses when running poorly in the King George on Boxing Day. A run here at Cheltenham Trials Day will tell trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and owner Simon Munir what course of action to take in the final 6 weeks before the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
However, the problem is they don’t really know if Bristol De Mai can act on this track. He is very much seen as a Haydock Park / heavy ground specialist, but in the Betfair Chase he racked up a massive RPR (Racing Post Rating) – the highest of any chaser in training – and it is only natural for connections to want their talented grey horse to try and replicate that form under different conditions.
If Bristol De Mai does turn up under regular jockey Daryl Jacob, there’s no reason the pair can’t conjure up a winning run.
Cheltenham Trials Day Next Best
Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase – Cantlow to win
Cantlow went off as the 11/8 favourite for this unique contest last year but despite running a huge race, Enda Bolger’s veteran horse was worried out of it up the Cheltenham hill by a 50/1 outsider carrying a low weight.
Cantlow can put that right this time around, on the back of another creditable effort in second place over this course last time out.
He will arrive at Cheltenham Trials Day in excellent form and is very consistent over these Cross Country fences. He also gets on very well with jockey Mark Walsh, but top claimer Donal McInerney will be hoping to get the call-up again having hit the crossbar on the horse this time last year.