Cheltenham Trial’s Day Cotswold Chase Tip: American To Get Back On Track
Cheltenham hold it’s Trial’s Day on Saturday and several potential Gold Cup candidates will attempt to enhance their claims for the big one on Friday 16th March in the Grade 2 Betbright Trial Cotswold Chase at 2.25pm including the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai who heads the ante-post market for the three mile one and a half furlong contest at a top price 11-8 with Betfair Sportsbook.
It is safe to say that the grey seven-year-old would be a much shorter price if the race was run at Haydock Park where the son of Saddler Maker has proved virtually unbeatable, recording three victories from three starts at the Lancashire venue by a staggering combined distance of 111 lengths. The unique undulations at Prestbury Park however are another thing altogether with Sam Twiston-Davies’ mount failing to finish in front in two attempts at the home of national hunt racing.
Flashback to the Betfair Chase at @haydockraces a couple of months ago, when Bristol De Mai dominated the field and stormed to victory… 🙌— ITV Racing (@itvracing) January 22, 2018
He spearheads the Cotswold Chase entries at @CheltenhamRaces this Saturday | https://t.co/2HwVEAhGQ5 pic.twitter.com/HNmHQARgil
A tame effort in Kempton’s King George V1 Chase on Boxing Day suggests that the talented but unpredictable gelding is always worth taking on at a short price and that could well be the case this weekend against a potential field of high class rivals. Definitly Red is more likely to run here rather than Doncaster’s Sky Bet Chase but while the northern raider won a Bumper at Cheltenham in 2014 his form figures over fences at the course reads PU-F.
The Last Samurai is an intended runner but Kim Bailey’s charge has another Grand National attempt as his main target this season, while just what to expect from previous Gold Cup winner Coneygree is anyone’s guess. With King George third Tea For Two having a preference for flatter tracks the one to take advantage should Bristol De Mai underperform once again could be the Harry Fry-trained American.
No novice impressed more than the eight-year-old last season, leading to the Malinas gelding being sent off as short as 5-1 for Newbury’s Ladbroke Trophy in December. After an early mistake the mount of Noel Fehily was never travelling there but is definitely worth another chance to prove himself capable of mixing it with the best and with conditions likely to be ideal the promising chaser looks excellent each-way value at the 8-1 available with Stan James.