Timeform UK SmartPlays: Sunday January 1

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

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


Clan des Obeaux - Cheltenham 13:25

Clan des Obeaux shaped with promise when fourth on his chasing debut at Chepstow and duly showed the benefit of that initial experience when winning a Grade 2 at Newbury in November. He created a deep impression when pulling 10 lengths clear in the closing stages of that contest and - open to more improvement after just two starts over the larger obstacles - Clan des Obeaux is fancied to see off the attentions of Briery Belle and can defy a 7 lb penalty in a race trainer Paul Nicholls last won with Ptit Zig in 2015.

Lil Rockerfeller - Cheltenham 15:10

Lil Rockefeller ran as well as ever when second on his most recent outing in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, rallying well having come off the bridle before three-out and ultimately doing extremely well to get within four and a half lengths of the exciting winner. That form gives him the edge over all bar Cole Harden on Timeform ratings here and Lil Rockefeller is taken to gain the victory his consistency of late deserves. Protek des Flos remains with potential over hurdles and looks the main danger.

Cap Soleil - Cheltenham 15:40

Cap Soleil was gambled on and duly made a winning start to her career under Rules with the minumum of fuss at Newbury 18 days ago. She was still on the bridle when hitting the front with two furlongs to run that day and appeared to have far more in hand than the official winning margin would suggest. That may not have been the strongest race of its kind, but Cap Soleil is entitled to improve with that initial outing under her belt and can maintain her unbeaten record with a defeat of the similarly unexposed Shearling.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Cheltenham)

Win back Clan des Obeaux in the 13:25
Win back Lil Rockerfeller in the 15:10
Win back Cap Soleil in the 15:40


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