Cheltenham Trials Day 2023: Races, Odds & Festival Market Movers

Cheltenham Trials Day 2023: Races, Odds & Festival Market Movers

Steve Ryder rounds up the big races, latest odds and biggest stories to follow this weekend on Cheltenham Trials Day.

Cheltenham Trials Day Races - The big stories to follow

Gordon Elliott's Hollow Games gets fascinating entry

Hollow Games is a fascinating entry for Gordon Elliott in the Novices’ Handicap Chase at 12:10 on Trials Day and it will be interesting to see what mark the UK handicapper gives him. 

He finished 3rd in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at the festival last season (14/1 for the Plate Handicap Chase in 2023) off a mark of 143 and has made a good start to his chasing campaign this season. He won by four lengths at Navan on his chasing debut in November before finishing 4th at Leopardstown in the Grade 1 Novice Chase behind Saint Roi. This step up in trip would suit him well and it will be interesting if he takes up his engagement or if it just an exercise to find out his UK mark.

Two debutants to challenge Delta Work in the Cross Country

Delta Work (7/4 favourite) will no doubt prove popular in the Cross Country Chase at the Festival but two interesting entries for Saturday are Grand National winner Minella Times and Becher Chase winner Snow Leopardess who would both be making their debut in this discipline. 

Double the runners for rearranged Clarence House Chase

Gary Moore has decided to supplement Editeur Du Gite for the Clarence House Chase which has brought the number of runners up to six from the original three intended runners last weekend. He capitalised last time when Edwardstone unseated Tom Cannon at Kempton and he will ensure a good pace for both Energumene (8/15) and Edwardstone (15/8) to aim at during this race. 

The battle for second in the Gold Cup ante-post market

Noble Yeats continues his path to the Gold Cup in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase where he faces both Protektorat and Frodon who have both shown good form at the course. The winner will more than likely prove to be second favourite behind Galopin Des Champs for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after this race and it will be a fascinating watch. 

Paisley Park bids for fourth Cleeve Hurdle

The Cleeve Hurdle looks set to be a big field this year and Paisley Park will go off a short price (11/10 at the time of writing) to win this race for a fourth time. A fascinating opponent is the Paul Nicholls trained Gelino Bello (7/2 best price) who reverts back to hurdling having fallen last time behind Thyme Hill at Kempton over fences. 

He had won his previous four starts in a row including over this trip in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree last season so he worth taking a chance on in what looks a weak division.

Cheltenham Trials Day 2023 Odds

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