Cheltenham Festival Trials Day Betting Tips

The Cheltenham Festival Trials Day betting tips for January 26 on Betting.org give their three best bets for the superb seven-race Saturday card at the home of jumps racing. Birchdale impressed when scoring last time out, so rates the NAP bet n the Grade 2 Classic Novices’ Hurdle. Adjali has some strong form in the book and takes a drop in class, so is our next best bet in the Grade 2 Finesse Juvenile Hurdle. Forest Des Aigles, meanwhile, figures on a handy mark at present and therefore makes plenty of each-way appeal in the Grade 3 Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap. Find out more about these horses in our in-depth preview with Cheltenham Festival Trials Day betting tips for January 26.

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Birchdale
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Birchdale your best bet on Festival Trials Day

Birchdale created a huge impression when making a winning debut under rules, so looks a worthy favourite to take the step up into Grade 2 company in his stride and maintain his unbeaten record in the 2m 4f Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday (15:00). This gelding was purchased by leading owner JP McManus after winning his sole start in an Irish point and then joined champion trainer Nicky Henderson.

He was sent off the 9/4 favourite to make a winning debut for the Seven Barrows handler in a 17-runner maiden hurdle at Warwick last month and his supporters never had an anxious moment. After racing in mid-division, the son of Jeremy made stealthy headway to take up the running two from home under a confident Barry Geraghty.

Birchdale then showed signs of inexperience when edging left approaching the last before quickening up smartly on the run-in to readily beat stable companion Calrendon Street by four lengths. The runner up has won since, as has the third home Johnbb, so that gives the form a solid look.

Impressive debut win and form worked out well

The manner of the victory was visually very taking and one which suggested Birchdale had a big future and needed keeping firmly onside. He is currently a top-price 25/1 for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March on the back of it and his handler has made no secret of the high regard in which he is held.

This obviously demands more, but Birchdale is a big scopey sort open to any amount of improvement and clearly has a huge engine. Henderson also knows what is required to win the race having saddled Santini to land the spoils 12 months ago.

If Birchdale is to live up to his lofty reputation and develop into a leading contender for the Ballymore, then he needs to be winning this. We fully expect him to do just that. so he had to the the main selection in our 2019 Cheltenham Festival Trials Day betting tips.

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Adjali a worthy Finesse favourite

Trainer Henderson also has a superb recent record in the Grade 2 Finesse Juvenile Hurdle (12:40), so Adjali is strongly fancied to further enhance it. The Seven Barrows handler has won four of the last six reewals of the 2m contest – including in 2015 with Peace And Co who went on to land the Triumph itself at the Cheltenham Festival.

Like Peace And Co, this four year-old carries the famous two-tone green colours of leading owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. He had some smart form in the book when trained in France by Guillaume Macaire, and got off the mark at the first time of asking for Henderson when making all and jumping well to score easily by 13 lengths from King D’argent in a seven-runner affair at Market Rasen.

Already placed at Grade 1 level

It was a most taking display and one which suggested Adjail had a big future ahead of him. That view was confirmed when he was pitched into Grade 1 company and went down all guns blazing by a neck to Quel Destin in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow last month.

After tracking the winner, Adjali was produced to challenge at the last by Daryl Jacob and battled on all the way to the line. The pair pulled 22 lengths clear of the third home and Quel Destin is a very smart Paul Nicholls inmate, who was making it four wins on the bounce.

That gives the form a rock solid look and there is undoubtedly better to come from Adjali.  This also represents a drop in class, for all it is a strong race for the grade, and the son of Kamsin is also the top rated in the line up off 147. So, taking everything into account, there is nothing not to like about Adjali’s profile for this and he therefore rates out next best bet on this cracking seven-race card.

Forest Des Aigles makes plenty of each-way appeal

In the Grade 3 Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap over 2m 4f (13:50), Forest Des Aigles looks lively outsider and each-way value. This progressive seven-year-old hails from the Scottish-based yard of Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell and has a tremendous strike rate – having won five of his 11 starts over the larger obstacles.

He looked better than ever in the last of those on seasonal reappearance at Ayr in November when beating Monbeg River by three lengths off a mark of 130. Forest Des Aigles overcame a mistake four from home when closing and, after taking up the running at the last, surged clear on the run-in to score with real authority in the end.

Good form and progressive type

It was a most taking display and the son of Balko was value for more than the winning margin. The runner-up had previously run well to finish third in a decent class 2 at Aintree, whilst the fourth home Acdc went into the race having landed the Bobby Renton at Wetherby in good style.

Forest Des Aigles got put up 4lb for that and ran a solid race off his revised rating of 134 when a 10-length fifth of 11 to Warriors Tale in the Grand Sefton at Aintree. He made stealthy headway from the rear under Henry Brooke, and held every chance on the run-in until hanging badly left at the famous elbow and weakening late on.

As a result, Forest Des Aigles is now able to race in this off 1lb lower and is reunited with regular pilot Derek Fox who has a 44 per cent strike rate aboard him. Off just 10st 8lb, he looks weighted to run a big race, so at the odds on offer he is our each-way punt and thus completes these 2019 Cheltenham Festival Trials Day betting tips.

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