Lots of punters are feeling the pressure as another extraordinary day at Cheltenham throws up some horses doing unexpected things.
The next two days are more to my liking and the only acca I placed at the festival kicks into life.
So here are DanZig’s picks for day three at Cheltenham:
13:30 – JLT Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
Another Novice race to start things off and another chance for Willie Mullins to get his first on the board – which I would have thought as ridiculous at the beginning of the week. Despite looking a bit excitable at times, YORKHILL should get us off to a winning start. The Mullins 7yr old schooled a little erratically at the end of February and has put some off, but the horse has talent in spades and festival-winning form, which has proven vital this year.
Pick 1 – Yorkhill Win – 11/8 with Ladbrokes.
14:10 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
Tough listed handicap hurdle which, as usual, can be very difficult to work out. I’ve heard good things and like the look of two at a decent price – GAYEBURY for Evan Williams and GOLDEN DOYEN for Phil Hobbs.
14:50 – Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
Un Deux Sceaux is of course the classiest horse in the race, with multiple group 1 wins under his belt. But up in trip, fast ground and a short price means he can be opposed. EMPIRE OF DIRT moved to Gordon Elliot’s yard and has continued improving and looked impressive finishing 2nd to Sizing John in the Irish Gold Cup last month. I am taking the horse to get Giggistown and Gordon Elliot another festival winner.
Pick 4 – Empire of Dirt Win – 11/4 with Ladbrokes.
15:30 – Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1) (4YO plus)
The Stayers’ Hurdle this year would look very straightforward if it wasn’t for the presence of former champion hurdle winner Jezki. UNOWHATIMEANHARRY comes into the race unbeaten since moving yards, a streak that includes the Albert Bartlett’s Novice Hurdle. Harry Fry’s runner looks very hard to oppose and I expect his short priced to be justified.
Pick 5 – Unowhatimeanharry Win – 11/8 with Ladbrokes.
16:10 – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
Pick 6 – Sizing Codelco E/W – 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
16:50 – Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Dawn Run) (Class 1) (4YO plus)
The second ever running of this race, which was last year, was taken by Limini and the trainer once again sends a strong hand into the race. LET’S DANCE finished 4th at the festival last year as a four year old in the Triumph Hurdle and has progressed nicely since. I take her to win the race this year but there are a number of horses in the race with a great chance.
Pick 7 – Let’s Dance Win – 6/4 with Ladbrokes.
17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (Class 2) (5YO plus)
Pick 8 – Squouetuer Win – 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
Pick 9 – Potters Legend E/W – 12/1 with Ladbrokes.