Cheltenham Day Three Preview

Cheltenham Day Three Preview

Cheltenham Day Three Tips

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JLT Novices Chase

The JLT Novices Chase kicks off St Patricks Day this year in what looks to be a highly competitive field. For the win we’ve gone for the Willie Mullins trained INVITATION ONLY 7/2. After a relatively poor hurdling career winning just one of his three races, he’s excelled as a chaser becoming a Grade 3 winner after just three races. He finished behind the impressive Monalee in his last race at Leopardstown and off a lower mark than he is rated in Ireland, he is in with a great shout of getting back to winning ways at Cheltenham, especially after the withdrawal of last years Neptune winner Willoughby Court. Our e/w tip for the race comes in the form Gordon Elliott’s SHATTERED LOVE 14/1. The 7-year-old mare is currently 4/5 over the big obstacles and beat the well fancied Jury Duty in her last race. The distance shouldn’t be a problem and she could cause a real shock to the boys on St Patricks Day.

Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle

Due to the size of this race, we’ve given just one e/w tip. Our first pick is WHO DARES WINS 14/1. Third in the Coral Cup last year off 3lbs lighter than his mark this year, he’s had a busy 12 months after going back to the flat racing scene and winning a Class 2 and finishing third in the Ascot Stakes behind Thomas Hobson. He’s yet to prove himself over the 3m distance but he’s showed enough staying power to merit being well in the mix come the final hurdle of this race.

Ryanair Chase

Now one of the showcase races of the day alongside the Stayers Hurdle, UN DE SCEAUX 5/4 will be aiming to claim a hat-trick of Ryanair Chase victories and he’s our win tip for the race. He’s currently in some of the form of his life winning five of his last six with his last victory coming in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January. After the withdrawal of Top Notch, he’s now been backed into clear favourite and rightly so when you consider he’s been beaten just once in four attempts over C&D and that defeat coming to the hands of Sprinter Sacre in the 2016 Champion Chase. For our e/w tip we’ve gone for FRODON 12/1. Out of Paul Nicholls Dutcheat yard, this 6-year-old is already a Grade 2 winning chaser and his recent performances have showed no evidence that he isn’t capable of causing a huge shock in the Ryanair this year. We were fortunate enough to go down to Paul Nicholls yard recently to see him on the gallops and he seemed full of energy and the yard were extremely happy with his preparations and seem to be fairly confident that he’s in with at least an e/w chance for the Ryanair Chase.

Stayers Hurdle

More commonly known as the World Hurdle, last years Stayers Hurdle was won in emphatic style by the late Nichols Canyon and this year it looks wide open. At the top of the market is Sam Spinner, Supersundae and Yanworth and we’ve gone for the latter, SAM SPINNER 9/2, as our win tip. 3/4 as a novice hurdler, Spinner claimed his first Grade 1 in style winning the Long Walk Hurdle last time out at Ascot. He hit the front early and showed incredible staying power, the sort of power you need to stay up that final hill to the finishing line at Cheltenham. The ground also looks set to play into his hands perfectly so we believe he will be the one to beat come race day. As an e/w shout, we head back to Ditcheat for the Paul Nicholls trained OLD GUARD 33/1. A consistent performer at the highest level for Nicholls, the 7-year-old won the Grade 2 National Sprint Hurdle at Fontwell at the end of February to conclude almost perfect preparations for Cheltenham. 7th in the Coral Cup behind Supersundae last year, he’ll be going over a new trip but Nicholls is supremely confident that the step up in trip won’t be a problem.

16:10 Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase

One of the harder handicaps to pick from, the Brown Advisory is known to spring the odd surprise. As a win tip for this race, we’ve gone for Gordon Elliott’s THE STORYTELLER 12/1. A consistent chaser at home on Ireland, he was 4.5 lengths behind JLT Novices favourite Invitation Only in January and with plenty of give expected in the ground next week with added rain from the snow we’ve already dealt with, he could potentially run a big race at 10/1 and challenge his Irish counterpart Tully East. For an e/w shout, look no further than ROMAIN DE SENAM 14/1. 2nd in the Fred Winter two years ago off 6lbs lighter and just 3lbs heavier than his last win at Stratford in October, Paul Nicholls has spoken highly of him in the build up to Cheltenham this year stating he’s “kept him fresh and is really happy with him.”

Mares Novices Hurdle

For a race that always has a few future superstars in, the Mares Novices Hurdle this year looks a little one sided. Willie Mullins’s LAURINA 4/5 heads the market at 4/5 and rightly so after two faultless displays in Ireland so far this season. Out of the Group 1 winning Spanish Moon, she’s clearly a horse bred with masses of amounts of flat speed and if she can maintain that sort of pace of hurdles, she won’t just be tough to beat in this race but tough to beat in any race this season. The world really could potentially be her oyster. For our e/w selections, we’ve stayed across the Irish Sea and gone for Henry de Bromhead’s HIGH SCHOOL DAYS 25/1. 3/4 over hurdles in Ireland this season, she finished 16 lengths behind Supreme favourite Getabird last time out and with the ground softening up slightly which will play into her hands perfectly, she’s well in with a place shout at 25s.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup concludes the racing at Cheltenham on St Patricks Day and what a competitive handicap it looks. For the win, we’ve gone with Nicky Henderson’s SUGAR BARON 14/1. After a 202 day break, he’s finished second in his past two races this season and up to what looks to be a healthy mark of 137, he’s in with a great chance. He’s already proven himself around Cheltenham and if he gets the rub of the green he will be well up there.

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