Cotswold Chase Betting Tips – 27th January 2018
The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race to predict. In 2015, few people were talking up the chances of Many Clouds but many of those who saw Oliver Sherwood’s charge win the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham had a piece of the 25/1 that the bookies were offering about him at Aintree.
2015 was not the first time that the Cotswold Chase has thrown up some very interesting pointers for the Grand National. It’s also widely regarded as one of the best trials for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Grade 2 chase takes place over three miles, one-and-a-half furlongs at Cheltenham’s New Course (the same course as the Gold Cup) and contains 21 fences.
This is the feature race of Saturday’s Festival Trials Day and with some tempting options about, we’ve picked out our selection of the best bets for you below.
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Past Five Winners
2017 – Many Clouds, aged 10, ridden by Leighton Aspell, trained by Oliver Sherwood
2016 – Smad Place, aged 9, ridden by Richard Johnson, trained by Alan King
2015 – Many Clouds, aged 8, ridden by Leighton Aspell, trained by Oliver Sherwood
2014 – The Giant Bolster, aged 9, ridden by Tom Scudamore, trained by David Bridgewater
2013 – Cape Tribulation, aged 9, ridden by Denis O’Regan, trained by Malcolm Jefferson
American the Pick as More Horses are Expected to Pull Out
The expectation is that more trainers will take a similar decision to the one that Nicky Henderson made about Whisper and pull their horse out of an appearance at Cheltenham this weekend.
That makes ante post betting something of a minefield but it also provides opportunity. Backing a horse who makes it to Cheltenham before race day will provide value.
Therefore, taking the 7/1 Ladbrokes are quoting on American looks a very sensible play.
Harry Fry’s eight-year-old did disappoint those who backed him at 5/1 at Newbury last time out when he was pulled up. But we’re talking about a top quality horse who still has improvements to make over fences.
Bad races happen and we think American has enough about him to get back to his best which might just be enough to win the Cotswold Chase.
Tea For Two Another Who is Likely to Make it to Cheltenham
Tea For Two was always going to be an unlikely winner of the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup but that didn’t stop punters from backing him into 40/1 from 50/1 in the lead up to the race.
In the end, it proved to be a heart-over-head bet as he unseated jockey, Lizzie Kelly. However, Nick Williams is still thinking about another crack at the big one after recent performances.
Tea For Two didn’t disgrace himself in either the Betfair Chase or the King George VI and Williams seems keen to give his charge more Cheltenham experience. Coral are quoting 8/1 on the nine-year-old’s chances which is tempting enough for an each-way bet paying three places.