Timeform UK SmartPlays: Monday, January 1

There is top-quality action at Cheltenham on New Year's Day
There is top-quality action at Cheltenham on New Year's Day

Timeform pick out three bets from Cheltenham on New Year's Day...

"She travelled smoothly when beating that rival at Wetherby in November, and though beaten at Newbury since, is fancied to resume her progress."

Willoughby Court - 13:25 Cheltenham

Another hot renewal of this Grade 2 with WILLOUGHBY COURT taken to successfully carry a penalty from Yanworth. His old Newbury rival is entitled to get closer with a smoother round, but last year's Neptune winner could be a chaser out of the top drawer and can make it 3 from 3 in this sphere. The returning Ballyandy and Ami Desbois are both open to improvement and shouldn't be underestimated, especially as both - like Yanworth - receive weight from Willoughby Court.

Burtons Well - 14:00 Cheltenham

Timeform Fifty To Follow member BURTONS WELL undoubtedly possesses untapped potential and shaped very well indeed when narrowly outpointed by a well-treated, race-fit rival on return at Stratford in October. A 3 lb rise for that effort is fair and Venetia Williams' charge earns the vote. Sametegal has resumed with a couple of solid efforts this season and looks a live danger, while Top Gamble and Ballyhill both merit respect.

Colin's Sister - 15:10 Cheltenham

COLIN'S SISTER has done little but progress over hurdles and is taken to confirm her superiority over Wholestone and notch a second Grade 2 success of the campaign. She travelled smoothly when beating that rival at Wetherby in November, and though beaten at Newbury since, is fancied to resume her progress. Old Guard is likely to be suited by the return to 2½m and could be the one to give Fergal O' Brien's mare most to do.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Cheltenham)

Win back Willoughby Court in the 13:25 Cheltenham
Win back Burtons Well in the 14:00 Cheltenham
Win back Colin's Sister in the 15:10 Cheltenham

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