Day three of the superb Cheltenham Festival and more top quality National Hunt action, including the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase. The six-race card gets underway at 130 and the advance going is ‘good’.
Race 1 (Cheltenham 130) – The form of Noble Prince’s two recent narrow defeats has already been franked at this meeting and he is selected along with the Willie Mullins-trained Blazing Tempo in a very tricky opening event.
Race 2 (Cheltenham 205) – The Pertemps Final is as wide open as ever and we go with four selections in this 24-runner handicap. Top weight Knockara Beau is thoroughly genuine and has a touch of class and is included along with Barafundle, Alfie Spinner and long-term Pertemps project, Sivota.
Race 3 (Cheltenham 240) – We take Kalahari King as a banker in this Grade 1 event. A horse at his best in the spring, who loves the track and whose trainer, Ferdy Murphy, has a great record at the fixture, he looks capable of landing the spoils.
Race 4 (Cheltenham 320) – Big Buck’s faces his biggest test yet in the World Hurdle but is still the one to beat. Grand Crus is expected to serve it up to him in a race to savour.
Race 5 (Cheltenham 400) – Beautiful Sound, Call Me A Legend, and Hollo Ladies are our three against the field in another hugely competitive handicap.
Race 6 (Cheltenham 440) – Junior has been laid out for this race all year and looks to have an outstanding chance. With a big field and amateur riders on board we recommend two other selections though; Faasel and Pomme Tiepy.
Suggested Cheltenham Placepot/Jackpot perm – 2x4x1x2x3x3 = 144 bets