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Cheltenham Tips: Three Selections for Trials Day

Today is Cheltenham Trials Day, a chance for horses to further enhance their chances at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

We’ve got an eight race card at Prestbury Park this afternoon, beginning at 12:05pm.

This includes the rescheduled Clarence House Chase, where Jonbon is a short priced favourite, and the Cotswold Chase, the traditional feature of the meeting and trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

12:05pm Cheltenham

In the opening race, it’s impossible to be against Burdett Road, the horse who currently sets the standard for UK runners heading to the Triumph Hurdle at the festival in March.

He was impressive when strikingly cutting through the field here last time out, and powering up the hill to come nicely away from a field that contained horses that have since come out and won.

Burdett Road is currently at the head of the market for the Triumph Hurdle, and I think he stamps his authority on this field, and shows off his festival credentials once more by winning this.

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12:05pm Cheltenham

1:15pm Cheltenham

He was fourth in the December Gold Cup, a run where he was out of the handicap, so effectively 3lb higher than he runs off today.

That was a slightly better race than this, and the small change at the weights could be the difference maker for him.

At double figure odds, he looks to have a great chance of placing, and potentially more.

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3:35pm Cheltenham

The final tip from Cheltenham is Paisley Park, one of the most likeable horses in training, and I think today is the day he finally gets his head in front.

A win would give him a record fourth success in this race, and given his two excellent runs so far, he’s got every chance on the form book, despite his advancing years.

This looks a slightly easier opportunity than the two races he’s had so far, and signals a return to a track where he’s seen so much success.

In a win that would warm the hearts of all at Cheltenham on Saturday, Paisley Park is fancied to win the Cleeve Hurdle.

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Craig Jones

I'm probably best described as a genuine old fashioned punter, who manages to blend that experience with the latest developments in the gambling industry. From filling out my first ever football coupon in the smoke filled local betting office, I've come a long way. Alongside 20+ years betting myself, I've been a gambling writer for over a decade now, focusing on the biggest news stories, reviewing the latest brands, and being excited about new technology and ways to bet. I remember when gambling ended at 3pm on a Saturday, before the days of in-play betting and TV companies deciding when games kick off. But the betting landscape is now much better. For almost everyone, it doesn't matter what you want, or when you want it, there will be a bookmaker out there offering it. Sadly, I wasn't one of the millions who apparently backed Leicester to win the Premier League, but I dined out on Kauto Star's Gold Cup record on many occasions. Throw in the Denver Broncos on a Sunday night, and a Barnsley FC season ticket, and you can see my personal choices are not always right, but I do try.

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