Cheltenham Trials Day Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
Cheltenham Trials Day Betting Tips
It may have been a bit of a wet one these last few weeks in Cheltenham, but that won’t put off any punters desperate to get a heads up on who to back for the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Trials Day is here and there will be plenty of hopefuls taking to the soft ground to see what they can do. It’s one of the more interesting races of the year and always whets the appetite for the Gold Cup.
There will be plenty to look out for this weekend, the last weekend of jump racing at Cheltenham before March 15. We take a look at the five horses expected to boost their chances and get people talking about them for the festival.
Coneygree won the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in 2015 and is at 40/1 currently to do so again. He’ll be taking part in the Betbright Trial Cotswold Chase this weekend and, despite having failed to finish in two outings this season, we expect him to do well.
We’d have an each-way bet on Coneygree for this one and should he do well, certainly look at a non-runner insurance bet for the Gold Cup with those odds.
Bristol De Mai
Another horse taking on the Cotswold Chase, Bristol De Mai had a difficult King George Chase on Boxing Day, but has plenty of pedigree and will be a favourite among punters on Saturday.
Aside from that disappointment, he’s been in good form and is at 22/1 in the Gold Cup odds for March. Nigel Twiston-Davies will be testing the water in this race, but we would fancy him to do well and will be well worth a back.
Nicky Henderson’s Apple’s Shakira has been confirmed for the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle and is already a hot prospect for the festival. He’s on for a hat-trick of wins at Cheltenham and should he pick up the win here plenty of cash will go on him at the Triumph Hurdle.
Currently he’s at 3/1 ahead of We Have A Dream at 7/1 and Espoir d’Allen at 8/1.
Ellmarie Holden’s Ex Patriot finished fourth in the JCB Triumph Hurdle last season and is expected to feature this weekend at Cheltenham. Taking on three miles for the first time, the five-year-old will take on the Cleeve Hurdle with the hope of impressing enough to race the Stayers’ Hurdle during the festival.
He’s a 33/1 shot at the moment for the Stayers’, but a good run here and it’s well worth a Cheltenham free bet ahead of the big week.
Another taking on the Cleeve Hurdle is Finian’s Oscar who will also be aiming for the Stayers’ in March.
After a great start to the season in novice chases, he made a switch after defeats at Sandown and Ascot. In the hurdles he won a Grade 1 race in the Mersey Novices’ at Aintree before coming close at Punchestown.
He has form in over the hurdles, going on a four race win streak at the beginning of his career. This weekend gives him a chance to resurrect that and go full steam ahead into the Cheltenham Festival.