It was a bit of struggle for us on Day 2 again and we had to make do with a couple of places. Fanfan Du Seuil grabbed 5th advised at 20/1 but he travelled very wide and could have got closer to the winner. Sams Profile finished a poor fifth advised 11/1, but thankfully bookies paid out on 5 places. Top Ville Ben fell, while Calie Du Mesnil just wasn’t good enough. Gods Own went wrong while Ordinary World was well below par. Hopefully we can get an elusive winner on Thursday. Check out our Day 3 Cheltenham tips below…
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: JLT Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
The opener on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is the 20f JLT Novices’ Chase. This Grade 1 contest has attracted a field of just 10 novice chasers. A horse considered by many to be one of the week’s bankers, Defi Du Seuil, is the market leader. He has won 2 of his last 3 and he was impressive at Sandown last time (20f soft) when he beat Lostintranslation and Vinndication. He has winning course form in the book too and he looks a worthy favourite.
One that looks potentially overpriced is Pravalaguna for the in form Willie Mullins yard. This mare gets a 7lb allowance from the boys and that brings her right into it off her 144 rating. She has won three from three at 20f when there has been no heavy in the ground description. Pravalaguna has won her last two starts by a combined distance of 22L and at odds of 16/1 she is the each way suggestion.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: PRAVALAGUNA E/W @ 16/1
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
With a maximum field of 24 horses declared, the Pertemps looks as tricky as ever from a punting perspective. At absolutely massive odds I think Coole Cody looks a fascinating contender. He ran a huge race at Sandown last time (24f soft) and conditions will be ideal for him here. Michael Blake’s charge absolutely hosed up in a 21f contest here off a mark of 136 back in November 2017 and he is just 3lb higher now.
He also held an entry in the Coral Cup and he would have got in, but connections have opted to persist at 3 miles. The form of his last effort at Sandown was subsequently franked by Flemcara, who re-opposes here. He beat Flemcara by over 1L conceding 5lb, and he is conceding just 2lb today. Nick Schofield rides again, he won on his only previous visit to Cheltenham and at odds of 50/1 Coole Cody has to be worth a few quid each way.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: COOLE CODY E/W @ 50/1 5 PLACES NB
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
The Ryanair Chase has attracted a field of just twelve horses and the one I like is The Storyteller. Gordon Elliott hasn’t enjoyed the best of starts to the festival, but he got off the mark with a double on Wednesday. The Storyteller drops back in trip after a couple of decent runs at 3 miles and it could really suit him.
This strong traveller won a course and distance handicap here last season off 147 on soft ground. Davy Russell will ride and he will likely hold him up off what should be a strong pace. Frodon, Footpad and Un De Sceaux all like to get on with things in front and if they get racing too soon it could set up for a closer. I can see the Storyteller being one of the last off the bridle, he will have no worries about coming up the hill and at 22/1 he is our each way NAP of the day.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: THE STORYTELLER E/W @ 22/1 4 PLACES NAP
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
The 3 mile Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle has attracted a big field of 18 runners. They may all have to play second fiddle to the favourite though. Paisley Park has taken this division by storm this season. He has won his last three, including a commanding win in a Grade 2 here last time. Some experts are still questioning the form, but visually he looks like the perfect horse for this race.
Faugheen has been backed into 4/1 but at 11yo surely his best days are behind him. Supasundae looks a bigger threat and he was a fine 2nd in the race last term. Bapaume could outrun his odds for Mullins, Townend and Ricci but it is difficult to see him toppling Paisley Park. Emma Lavelle has a serious horse on her hands and Aidan Coleman can steer Paisley Park to victory at odds of 2/1.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: PAISLEY PARK WIN @ 2/1
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: Brown Advisory Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
This looks a very tricky renewal of this 20.5f contest but one looks massively overpriced. King’s Odyssey was a fine 3rd to Delta Work in this last season off 139. He is back for a repeat bid and he gets in off 2lb lower. This race has likely been his target ever since his run here last season and the soft ground is in his favour.
He has an excellent record at this track, only finishing outside the money once when completing. His career form figures here read 1F0333 and he was still travelling very well the day he fell. King’s Odyssey’s win here came off 139 and he is now below that rating. He has placed efforts off higher marks too, so he is handicapped to run big. 25/1 looks a massive price and with 5 places available he holds solid each way claims.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: KING’S ODYSSEY E/W @ 25/1 5 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: Dawn Run Mares’ Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
It is safe to say that this is one of the trappiest Graded contests of the week. 22 will go to post and Epatante is the clear market leader for McManus and Henderson. She handles soft, she has been extremely impressive on both starts so far and she is certainly the one they all have to beat. Willie Mullins has won all three renewals of this race and his three entries have to be respected.
On form, the Mullins mare that looks too big in the betting is Eglantine Du Seuil. This mare was only 2L behind Aramon last time at Listowel and that horse ran well in the Supreme on Tuesday. Noel Fehily rides so she won’t lack for assistance from the saddle and her 180 day absence isn’t a big worry as she has run well fresh before. She is far from a confident selection, but if she repeats her Listowel form she could outrun her odds of 25/1.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: EGLANTINE DU SEUIL E/W @ 25/1 4 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: Kim Muir Handicap Chase (Class 2)
This is a 3 mile 2 furlong handicap chase for amateur riders and 24 will go to post. Its All Guesswork was a big eyecatcher at Punchestown last time for Gordon Elliott in a 3 mile handicap hurdle and this extra two furlongs could really suit on that evidence. He was running a massive race on his last chase start when falling two out at Limerick off 3lb lower than today’s mark.
His jumping on his earlier chase stats was solid and for a 7yo he has plenty of experience. He has had a total of five chase starts and he has a win and 3 places from his completions. Gordon Elliott struck form with Tiger Roll and Envoi Allen winning and Coko Beach placing on Wednesday. Hopefully Its All Guesswork keeps his good run going and at 10/1 an each way interest is advised.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS: ITS ALL GUESSWORK E/W @ 10/1 5 PLACES