Cheltenham Festival Trials Day Singles

Cheltenham Festival Trials Day Singles

It’s the final trials day for Cheltenham Festival this Saturday and we’ve got all of our singles with reasoning below…

The most iconic week in the National Hunt racing calendar is edging closer and this Saturday sees the final opportunity for trainers to show what they’ve got up their sleeves for March. We’ve written up our single tips for every race on the card on Saturday including two tips for the showcase event of the day, The Cotswold Chase. Have a read through of our write up and tweet us in your thoughts to @TWEnclosure.

12:40 – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) – Apple’s Shakira

Current Form: 11

A summer French recruit for Nicky Henderson and JP McManus, this impressive filly has already showed that she’s got all the minerals to be a festival winner. Being firmly aimed at the JCB Triumph Hurdle, she’s won both of her two previous runs in the UK which were both trials for the Grade 1 event in March. It looks set to be a two horse race between her and stable mate We Have A Dream but her course experience should prove the defining factor in seeing her through to a second Grade 2 victory.

13:15 – Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase – Not Another Muddle


13:50 Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase (Grade 3) – Frodon

Current Form: 2323

A consistent chaser and course and distance winner, the Paul Nicholls trained FRODON will be looking to claim his fourth Grade victory this weekend in the Grade 3 Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase. He’s finished in in the top three in six of his last seven races and with his current mark staying fairly low compared to what he’s run off in the past, he could turn out to be tremendous value.

14:25 – BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) – Bristol De Mai & American

Current Form (BDM): 611

Current Form (American): 011

The UK & Ireland’s best three mile chasers head to Cheltenham for the iconic Cotswold Chase this Saturday. It will of course be the first time the race has been run since the death of the legendary Many Clouds in the same race last year and the strength of the field entered in to the race this year has clearly shown that this is a race that has to be taken seriously. At the top of the market is Nigel Twiston-Davies’s BRISTOL DE MAI. The soft ground admirer has so far had an incredible season winning two of his three runs however he did finish a disappointing 26 lengths off the pace in the King George last time out but we believe that performance shouldn’t be looked in to too much and we’re backing him to get back on track on Saturday. If you fancy a little e/w dabble, look no further than AMERICAN. He, like Bristol De Mai, is a horse who adores a good old mud bath with his last three wins coming on soft ground and at odds of around 7/1, he could be the one to pose a real threat to Bristol De Mai.

15:00 – Baltimore Classic Novices’s Hurdle (Grade 2) – Santini

Current Form: 1

A relatively unknown gelding, SANTINI has run just once under rules but what an impressive run it was. Trained by Nicky Henderson, he beat stable mate Chef Des Obeaux in stylish fashion with that horse more than franking the form winning both of his next two starts by half a length then 19 lengths on softer ground. It will no doubt be a tough race to pick the winner from but we find it hard to back against the six-year-old going off what we’ve seen of him already.

15:35 – Cleeve Hurdle – Agrapart

Current Form: 2

The Nick Williams’ trained is certainly a very interesting runner this weekend. Williams’ yard is in hot form and this looks like a perfect race for Agrapart. A horse that loves soft/heavy ground (beat L’ami Serge at Cheltenham in Jan on soft ground), this should go very well. There is rain forecast throughout the week and on Saturday morning which should play into the horses hands. Definitely worth chancing in these conditions!

16:10 – Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle – Our Merlin

Current Form: 2111

Our final pick of the day sees us go for the Robert Walford trained OUR MERLIN with the talented Harry Cobden set to do the steering. He was a fairly poor novice hurdler last year but he’s improved masses of amounts this season winning three of his six races so far but despite his last race been his first loss in three races, it was arguably his most impressive performance as he finished a close second behind the promising Call Me Lord. He was up 23lbs in that race from his previous victory and off a fair weight now, he may well turn out to be incredible each way value.

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