Timeform Shortlist: Cheltenham, Saturday January 27

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"With plenty more to come at this sort of trip, he looks the value play..."

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12.40 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Finesse) (Grade 2) (1) 2m179y

Timeform Top Rated:
162p 6. APPLE'S SHAKIRA Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
142p 4. LOOK MY WAY John Quinn Tom Scudamore
128 5. ULYSSES Barry Brennan Harry Cobden

Analyst's Verdict:
Triumph favourite Apple's Shakira is clearly a very exciting juvenile, and can maintain her unbeaten record before going for the big one in March. Elixir de Nutz is an interesting runner having joined a top yard ahead of his UK jumps debut, while Look My Way is pick of the rest on form.


1.15 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase (2) 2½m166y

Timeform Top Rated:
160 1. SIZING TENNESSEE Colin Tizzard B. J. Cooper
158p 6. MISTER WHITAKER Mick Channon A. P. Heskin
156p 2. BALLYANDY Nigel Twiston-Davies Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
Mister Whitaker came clear of the others when runner-up at Kempton on Boxing Day, beaten only by one who was seen to maximum advantage, and a 4 lb rise may underestimate him slightly. Ballyandy remains with potential over fences, while Sizing Tennessee produced a career best when going close in the Dipper over C&D earlier this month.


1.50 Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2½m166y

Timeform Top Rated:
167p 9. COO STAR SIVOLA Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly (3)
166 10. BALLY LONGFORD Colin Tizzard B. J. Cooper
166x 13. ARCTIC GOLD Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Humphries (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Plenty to consider but Coo Star Sivola is open to improvement over fences and looks on a good mark starting out in handicaps. Bally Longford would have finished much closer but for a final-fence error at Ascot last time, and he has been dropped 1 lb in the weights since, while Arctic Gold has a bigger performance in him if brushing up his jumping.


2.25 Betbright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) (1) 3m1f56y

Timeform Top Rated:
185 1. BRISTOL DE MAI Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob
181 3. TEA FOR TWO Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly
180p 6. AMERICAN Harry Fry Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
American can't have been right in the Ladbroke on his reappearance and is worth another chance as he'd looked set for the top over fences when a most impressive winner of all 3 starts last season. Bristol de Mai is the big danger if a return to a soft surface sparks him back to his best, while The Last Samuri looks sure to give it his usual good shot.


3.00 Ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 2½m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
155p 9. SANTINI Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath
154 7. MULCAHYS HILL Warren Greatrex A. P. Heskin
151p 2. TIKKANBAR Neil Mulholland Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
Slate House has to concede a penalty to most, but he looked a good prospect when winning his first 2 Rules starts at this venue and shouldn't be judged too harshly on his subsequent defeat at Ascot. With plenty more to come at this sort of trip, he looks the value play, though the Henderson-pair Santini and Pacific de Baune are exciting, while Mulcahys Hill has Grade 1 placed form to his name.


3.35 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 2m7f213y

Timeform Top Rated:
173 2. BEER GOGGLES Kayley Woollacott Richard Johnson
170 3. WHOLESTONE Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob
169 1. AGRAPART Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly

Analyst's Verdict:
A tough race to have a strong opinion on, but The Worlds End would surely have gone close in the Albert Bartlett with a clear round and last month's fourth-placed finish in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle suggests he's still improving. Finian's Oscar could easily restore his reputation over hurdles, while form-pick Beer Goggles would be a very poignant winner.


4.10 Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle (2) 2m179y

Timeform Top Rated:
148 10. LITTERALE CI Harry Fry Barry Geraghty
147p 6. LE PATRIOTE Dr Richard Newland Daryl Jacob
146p 3. CLONDAW CASTLE Tom George Paddy Brennan

Analyst's Verdict:
A useful bumper performer, Clondaw Castle has made an excellent start over hurdles, winning 2 of his 3 starts this term. His latest Kelso success under a penalty has the makings of solid form and he is narrowly favoured to come out on top now switched to handicaps. This is ultra-competitive though, with Le Patriote and Litterale Ci just 2 potential threats.


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