Thursday see’s Day Three of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, which has some excellent action (as ever) waiting to take place throughout the afternoon.
No joy for us yesterday as we failed to his the board across the seven races on the day. Arguably the performance of the day has to go with Sire De Grugy who was superb to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase, with our selection Captain Conan never travelling and pulled up very early on.
First race today the JLT Novices’ Chase kicks off at (1:30), and Jamie Taylor has previewed this race for us and thinks Felix Yonger will take all the beating for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Wonderful Charm and Oscar Whisky present big dangers to the selection, so be interesting to see how it plays out.
The next race is the (2:05) the Pertemps Network Final, and we didn’t get enough time to give it a full preview but the race was covered by Rory Delargy in his “A Bunch Of Fives” series, so you can read his thoughts on the race here.
The third race on the card (2:40) is the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase, in which Charlie Sutton previewed. He ended up siding with Al Ferof for Paul Nicholls to get the job done here. Personally I quite like the look of Rajdhani Express at bigger prices, and would suggest a small e/w saver on him if you’re having a bet.
The (3:20) see’s the flagship race of the third day the World Hurdle, and Jamie Taylor previewed this race a couple of weeks ago, and ended up siding with Annie Power to continue her impressive run for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Big Buck’s will be a major threat for this, and there won’t be a dry eye in the house were he to recapture his form of old and land a fifth World Hurdle.
The fifth race on the card is the Byrne Group Plate at (4:00) and whilst we didn’t get this race previewed in its entirety, it did feature as the final part of “A Bunch of Fives” by Rory Delargy and thus it’s worth looking at. Personally I think Johns Spirit will relish this decent ground, and wouldn’t surprise me were he to get the job done.
The last race on the card at (4:40) is the Kim Muir Handicap Chase, and we didn’t get anything done for this race on the website so apologies for that. Personally I’ve already backed Indian Castle who has been a strong message in the last couple of weeks in lead-up to the race. At bigger prices Spring Heeled, and Twirling Magnet have to be respect, as is last year’s winner of the race Same Difference, but I think I’ll stick with Indian Castle.