Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday January 28

There is high-class jumps racing from Cheltenham on Saturday
There is high-class jumps racing from Cheltenham on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham on Saturday...


Burtons Well - Cheltenham 12:35

Burtons Well shaped well when second on his chasing debut at Sedgefield and showed the benefit of that initial experience with a comfortable victory at Uttoxeter four weeks ago. That form gives him the edge over Dark Flame on Timeform ratings here and - open to more improvement after just two starts over fences - Burtons Well is fancied to establish himself as a smart chaser in the making and can provide trainer Venetia Williams with yet another victory in this race.

Walk In The Mill - Cheltenham 13:10

Walk In The Mill opened his account in Britain with a comfortable success at Exeter in November and improved again to follow up from 5 lb higher in the weights at Wincanton three weeks ago. He appeared to have matters in hand from some way out that day and, while a 12 lb hike in the weights makes life tougher here, Walk In The Mill is expected to take this step up in class in his stride and can complete the hat-trick with a defeat of recent C&D winner Shantou Flyer.

Topofthegame - Cheltenham 15:25

Topofthegame overcame inexperience to make a successful hurdling debut at Ascot last month, running green when four lengths clear at the last and ultimately all out to hold on from a fairly useful yardstick. He looks the type to make considerable improvement with that initial experience under his belt and can maintain his unbeaten record for the champion trainer in this Grade 2 prize, with the reliable Wholestone feared most of the remainder for an in-form yard.

Timeform UK SmartPlays
(All from Cheltenham)

Win back Burtons Well in the 12:35
Win back Walk In The Mill in the 13:10
Win back Topofthegame in the 15:25


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