Harvey Mayson's Cheltenham Day 3 Tips - Thursday 14th March 2019
The going is officially good to soft for the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. Punters hit back on day 2 with four consecutive winning favourites but there are some big fields and competitive races on Thursday.
1.30 JLT Novices’ Chase (ITV)
Defi Du Seuil beat Lostintranslation and Vinndication in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown and all three line up again here. Lostintranslation tried to make all the running that day and may be ridden with a little more restraint on Thursday.
Kildisart confirmed the promise of his narrow defeat by Activial at Ascot when winning over course and distance in January. He made a couple of mistakes that day and could be better than the bare form suggests. The Willie Mullins-trained pair of Voix Du Reve and Real Steel could also have a say in this.
2.10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (ITV)
This looks a real nightmare for punters and it is a race that has seen many plots and gambles over the years. Cuneo won a Leopardstown qualifier where Walk To Freedom finished second and Thermistocles third. The eye-catcher was Sire Du Berlais who finished a never-nearer sixth. Walk To Freedom has top weight but this does not look the highest quality field. The improving Samburu Shujaa could be the best of the home team, up 7lbs for a win on his handicap debut.
Tip: WALK TO FREEDOM
2.50 Ryanair Chase (ITV)
There will be plenty of support for Frodon and Paul Nicholls looks to have made the right call in running here in preference to the Gold Cup. Un De Sceaux ran a cracker against Altior while Footpad is an intriguing prospect back up this distance. He looked home and hosed at Leopardstown in December but was reeled in by Simply Ned. Road To Respect appeared not to see out the trip when fourth in the Gold Cup last year.
3.30 Stayers Hurdle (ITV)
Paisley Park looked every inch a Stayers Hurdle winner when storming clear of West Approach in the Cleeve Hurdle in January. His odds are a bit cramped now and the only concern is whether he can keep his form after four hard races.
The Supasundae camp are bullish about their chances and he does look a solid each-way bet, although Apple’s Jade did nothing to advertise his form on Tuesday. Faugheen will attempt to roll back the years while Top Notch is another interesting contender.
Tip: PAISLEY PARK
4.10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (ITV)
Janika is 2lbs better off for a head with Siruh Du Lac from their previous meeting here in January. That looks much the best form on offer here but it will still take a mighty effort to defy 11st 12lbs. Doitforthevillage was sixth in the Grand Annual last year and is only 1lb higher, despite some good recent form. Azzerti was unlucky when falling here in January and has since had a confidence-boosting win at Ludlow.