Day three get underway with the JLT Novices’ Chase over two miles and just under four furlongs. I like Defi Du Seuil for Philip Hobbs. He been rejuvenated this season since going over fences. He has won two of his four starts over fences. One of his defeats was when finishing second to Lostintranslation at Cheltenham.
I think he will reverse that form, on that occasion he was giving three pounds to everything else in the race. He also hit the front plenty soon. At Sandown under a more patient ride he got the better of Lostintranslation. I think he is the one to beat.
Race two is the Pertemps Final over just short of three miles. I think this could be a quick double for Barry Gerraghty and JP McManus as they have Sire Du Berlais trained by Gordon Elliot. This horse ran the ideal prep for this race finishing sixth in a qualifier for this final(sixth is the last qualifying position). He has a similar profile to Glenloe who finished second last year. I think he can go one better than Glenloe did.
The Ryanair is looking like one of the races of the week. I done an in dept preview for this race. Here it is Preview of the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival
The feature race of the day is race four, the Stayer Hurdle. I like Faugheen for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh is onboard. He was in the process of running a good race at Christmas when he fell two out. Nobody knows how close he would have got to Apple’s Jade. If he is anywhere near his best I think he will take a lot of beating.
One at a bigger price I like is Petit Mouchoir for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore takes the ride. He hasn’t been tested over three miles on a racetrack, but he did win his point-to-point over three miles. He will have to settle but if he does he would have a chance of placing at around 16/1.
Race five is the Brown Advisory Plate over two miles and four furlongs. This looks very competitive, but the one I fell on was Spirtofthegame for the Skelton brothers. He was last seen finishing third at Cheltenham over the same distance back in January. On his penultimate start he finished fourth behind some good horses, Lostintranslation and La Bague Au Roi at Newbury. With a bit of luck he could run a good race at around 10/1.
Race six is the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two miles. I think the favourite, Epatante will be hard to beat. She has had two runs this season and has won both easily, and I think she will do the same here.
The last race on day three is the Kim Muir over three miles and two furlongs. I think Speaker Connolly can run a good race for Alan Fleming. He stayed on well to finish third in Leopardstown over two miles and five furlongs. On his penultimate start he was an impressive winner beating Poker Party by five lengths. Poker Party has since came out and won twice at Naas. I think he could run a good race at around 14/1.