The BetBright Trial Chase (1.50 Saturday, Cheltenham) is a recognised trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
This year’s field look to be one of the strongest renewals in recent times, with last year’s Gold Cup runner-up and last Grand National winner set to do battle against the first and second home in the 2014 RSA Chas amongst others.
8 runners are set to go to post – and below is our analysis and tip.
His second in last year’s Gold Cup is by far the best piece of form on offer, and he should still be improving at the age of 7. Looked good on his seasonal debut, and has been saved for this since by the all conquering Willie Mullins. Versatile tactically, he will have no problem making the running if he has to. Tough to beat.
Many Clouds 8/1
Last year’s Grand National winner also won this last year with 11-10 on his back, when giving Smad Place 8lb and a beating. However, he could only finish 6th in the Gold Cup, 4 places behind Djakadam, but still two places in front of Smad Place.
Sam Winner 20/1
Won off marks of 147 here and 156 at Aintree last season, but even those two runs leave him with plenty to find. Not been in very good form this season, and was pulled-up in last season’s Gold Cup.
O’Faolins Boy 10/1
Won the 2014 RSA Chase by a head from Smad Place off level-weights and, though he should relish this test, that form still leaves him with a fair bit to find in receipt of just 4lb from Djakadam and Many Clouds.
Smad Place 7/1
Looked an improved animal when winning his first two starts of the season, but is strictly held by Djakadam, Many Clouds and O’Faolins’s Boy on past form. May have improved since those defeats, but always seems to come out second best in battles up the Cheltenham Hill.
Theatre Guide 66/1
Was getting 16lb from Smad Place when 9 lengths behind him at Newbury, and there’s no reason at all why he should be involved in the finish on these terms.
Rapid improver this season, but a strict line through Fingal Bay gives him plenty to find with Smad Place, and even more to find with some of the others.
The Giant Bolster 50/1
Getting on a bit now, but all his best runs have come here such as two placings in the Gold Cup, and victory in this race in 2014. Gets 10lb from the principals, and no surprise if he was to outrun his odds, though it’s difficult to see him winning.
The value angle into the race is probably to back the straight forecast Djakadam to beat Many Clouds though, if you’re more of a big-priced each-way player, you could collect on the place part of an each-way bet on the Giant Bolster
Forecast Djakadam to beat Many Clouds: Paying 3.78 (Bet365 Guaranteed price Forecast)