Who To Follow At Cheltenham On Saturday - 29/01/22

Cheltenham - January 29 2022
Cheltenham 12:45
Chester Williams

Interne De Sivola

J: Chester Williams
T: Nick Williams
Age: 4
Weight: 11-3
OR: 131
Days: 49

The first big race of the afternoon is the Grade Two JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle over 2m1f and the horse that looks the value in the field is the Nick Williams trained Interne De Sivola.

This four year old has been seen twice to date and from both of his runs looks very progressive, especially on good/good to soft ground.

Making his first start over hurdles this term, he went to Warwick over two miles and finished a good third behind the smart In This World who looks a monster and Graystone who has since franked the form by winning a nice event at Wetherby.

Interne De Sivola also franked the form next time out over course and distance at Cheltenham when winning a Triumph Trial at the December meeting by close to six lengths.

The second has since bolted up by 21 lengths at Fontwell and with this gelding getting his ideal conditions he could go close and looks the value behind the strong favourites.


Trainer To Follow - Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson could be set for a huge day at Cheltenham on Saturday with him giving some of his big guns for the Cheltenham festival one last run before the four day meeting in March.

His best chance of a winner on the day comes in the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle with Champ a 1/2 shot to land the Grade Two event.

At a similar price is the Seven Barrows' Gold Cup hope Chantry House who is looking to put his poor run in the King George behind him in the Cotswold Chase.

Finally, he could land a hat-trick on the day with Balco Coastal in the Grade Two Ballymore Novices' Chase looking to make it 3/3 over hurdles.

Henderson heads into the meeting sporting a 30% strike rate for the last two weeks managing to land 11 winners from the 37 runners he has fielded.

Jockey To Follow - Harry Cobden

Harry Cobden has some live chances heading into Cheltenham on Saturday with Paul Nicholls fielding some decent runners across the day.

In the JCB Triumph Trial Hurdle he sits on the unbeaten Iceo, who if handling the quicker ground could be a real player.

In the next he rides the Johnny De la Hey owned Solo who has been knocking on the door over fences this term and could finally get off the mark.

In the feature Cotswold Chase he teams up with Simply The Betts who is looking to prove he can stay over three miles and he does like it round Cheltenham.

Finally, Cobden's other big chance comes in the Cleeve Hurdle with McFabulous looking to show he can mix it with the best British Stayers in the division.

James Mackie | @jamesmackieee