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Horse Racing in the UK is a popular online betting market, which is why our resident horse racing tipster provides in-depth analysis and horse racing betting tips. Here, 21.co.uk covers all the major UK racing events like Ascot, Cheltenham Festival and many more. All tips are provided with odds from chosen horse racing betting markets from the 21.co.uk sportsbook. Check back before each event to get all the information you need to put an informed bet on.

Cheltenham Trials Betting Preview

Written 23rd January

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The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching, with a little over two months until the main event, trails day at the same course is one of the most anticipated meetings of the first months of the year. Used as a benchmark for some of the runners looking to head to the Festival come mid-March, the meeting itself is full of feature races including The Cotswold Chase and The Cleeve Hurdle.

Here at 21.co.uk we have all the latest betting odds from Cheltenham so you can take a look at all the potential runners before placing any bets. As well as the prices for this meeting, our punters can also take a look at the ante-post Horse Racing Betting for the festival itself, so whether you’re looking to place your bets now or you’re just keeping an eye on the markets, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for more details about the possible runners and riders, course guides and a selection of bets from our resident tipster for the Festival, head over to our Cheltenham Betting Tips hub for all the latest insight. We’ve also got a wide range of other sporting action including football betting with Euro 2020 and our collection of casino games.

The Cotswold Chase Betting Preview

One of the biggest races held at Cheltenham Trials Day is the Cotswold Chase, serving as a trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup the most anticipated race of the entire Festival and if you’re looking for some insights into that race head over to our Cheltenham Betting tips Hub.

Won last season by Frodon, who went on to win the Ryanair Chase, it can be a testing 3m 1 1/2 furlong race if the going conditions are heavy, and in terms of betting trends of the race, punters need to be looking at horses who’ve already won over a similar distance.

Nicky Henderson-trained Santini fits that mould having won his only outing of the season so far over a distance of 3 miles and partner that with his previous second-place finish in the RSA Novices Chase on this course, it’s no surprise he tops the betting markets here at odds of 13/8.

But, it looks as though he won’t have the race all his own way with Bristol De Mai also set to make an appearance. Third in the Gold Cup last season, he was narrowly beaten last time out in the Betfair Chase but he did manage to see off Frodon, which should put him in strong contention here.

Further down the betting, it’s Colin Tizzard-trained Slate House who catches the eyes as a 7/1 chance. The winner of the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton, his last outing at Cheltenham in the BetVictor Gold Cup didn’t go to plan, so he will be looking to rectify that here.

Horse Trainer Odds
Santini Nicky Henderson 11/4
Bristol De Mai Nigel Twiston-Davies 3/1
Delta Work Gordon Elliott 10/3
Top Ville Ben Phillip Kirby 7/1
De Rasher Counter Emma Lavelle 9/1
Slate House Colin Tizzard 11/1
Alpha Des Obeaux Gordon Elliott 14/1

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Cleeve Hurdle Betting Preview

The final Grade 2 race at Cheltenham Trials Day is The Cleeve Hurdle, contested over 2m 7f there are 12 hurdles for horses to navigate before they face the final stages of the Cheltenham run in. Won last season by Paisley Park, who also went on to win the 2019 Stayers Hurdle, the eight-year-old is back once again as he attempts to keep a firm grasp on his unbeaten record of 6 consecutive wins.

He faces tough challenges in the betting markets from 3/1 chance If The Cap Fits who is a very interesting entry from trainer Harry Fry. Victorious last time out in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot, this race isn’t beyond him particularly if the going conditions remain on the soft end of good, but we think he’ll need to do something special to knock Paisley Park off his perch.

Further down the betting markets its Summerville Boy who will look to build on New Year's Day win on this course for trainer Tom George. He does face another step up in class here especially due to the company he’s likely to face, but with others dominating the betting market, he’s a solid each-way chance here.

Heading into the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, if Emma Lavelle-trained Paisley Park can be victorious here, he’ll be looking to match the feats of Thistlecrack and Big Bucks who went on to secure the Stayers Hurdle crown in the same season, so be sure to check out the ante-post markets we have on offer and our [Day Three Festival Preview].

Horse Trainer Odds
Paisley Park Emma Lavelle 8/13
If The Cap Fits Harry Fry 3/1
Lami Serge Nicky Henderson 6/1
Summerville Boy Tom George 17/2
William Henry Nicky Henderson 10/1
Emitom Warren Greatrex 16/1

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JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle Betting Preview

The road to Cheltenham for many juvenile hurdlers starts with them taking part in a JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial, and although there are a many faces which fall into this category running in the build-up to the Festival, this race could be the only occasion where many runners can get a feel of the Cheltenham course before the main event later in the year. Run on the new course at Cheltenham this race is contested over a distance of 2m 1f, and it’s also the first Grade 2 of a day filled with action-packed races.

It’s expected that many of the runners taking part in this race may actually go to the Cheltenham Festival, with the current market leader for this race Cerberus a 16/1 chance for the Triumph Hurdle. From previous form, it seems as though he prefers heavier going condition, and with no rain expected in Gloucester over the next day or so it could be wise to look for other market overs.

Navajo Pass has started the season strongly with wins at Bangor and Doncaster last time out where he made all of the running before pulling away to a comprehensive 3 length victory. He takes a small step up in class here, but with odds of 10/3, it could be worth taking on the market leader.

Further down the betting in the each-way markets, it’s Keith Dalgleish-trained El Picador who catches the eye, and that’s not only because of his bright pink jockey silks. The four-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to the 2019/2020 season, and currently priced at 18/1, he looks to be the pick of the bunch here.

Horse Trainer Odds
Cerberus Joseph O’Brien 11/4
Monte Cristo Nicky Henderson 3/1
Navajo Pass Donald McCain 10/3
Rowland Ward Stuart Edmunds 7/1
Tronador Gordon Elliott 9/1
Recent Revelations Gordon Elliott 11/1
Guena Des Mottes Ben Pauling 14/1

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Cheltenham Course Guide

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