Horse Racing Tips | 28th January 2017

Graeme Johnston picks out the best bets on a packed day of action at Cheltenham.

12:00 Cheltenham

The Triumph Hurdle trial has six runners and it would take a brave man to bet against JP McManus winning this race, and indeed the big race in March. He has a fantastic batch of juveniles and this will tell us his top UK hope.

The prices suggest Charli Parcs is the one to beat here and I’m really surprised at this. Defi Du Seuil has been a revelation this season winning the Chepstow Grade One and runs here off level weights with the favourite.

The fact Barry Geraghty chooses the Nicky Henderson inmate is of interst but I prefer proven form over potential here, and though I may look foolish for ignoring the obvious jockey hint I’m backing Defi Du Seuil to keep his unbeaten record intact.

13:10 Cheltenham

A Grade 3 handicap chase over 2 and a half miles and there are numerous old favourites lining up here. At one point Saphir Du Rhue was seen as a Gold Cup winner and the fact he’s not even top weight here shows he never reached the heights once expected.

I like Aso here. A steadily improving 7 year old, he’s creeping up the handicap however looks up to defying the extra weight.

Second in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over course and distance here, he won well at Chepstow last time and is on top form. His stable is picking up winners and his young jockey takes off a valuable claim.

Buywise and Annacotty are almost permanent fixtures in handicaps at this track and both appeal at double figure prices. This is a really good handicap and well worth watching as it could through up some festival clues. However none appeal more than Aso and I’m backing him to win this.

Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets

12:00 Cheltenham – Defi Du Seuil

13:10 Cheltenham – Aso