Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cheltenham Day three tips

Day Three is the day with the shortest card as there are only six races to test punters, jockeys, bookmakers and trainers and here are some tips to help you along the way.

Jewson Novices' Chase

The race had its inaugural running at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival, not to be confused with the old Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase which has been renamed the Centenary Novices' Chase, that has now become Tuesday's seventh race. The first running of the race was won by Noble Prince trained by Paul Nolan and ridden by AP McCoy.

Pertemps Final

Unlike many of the races at the Cheltenham Festival this is not a race where you can easily dismiss the older horses – horses aged 9 or over have won six of the last 13 renewals of the event, probably due to the fact that this is a stamina sapping event and experience and strength counts for plenty. People looking at the Cheltenham betting need to bear this in mind.

Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase was introduced to The Festival in 2005. It replaced the Cathcart Chase, although the conditions of the race changed slightly with it being open to all horses rather than being restricted to first and second season chasers. The first three renewals were run as Grade Two contests before it was upgraded to its current Grade One status in 2008.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle

The World Hurdle used to be a favourite with the Irish, who have won it nine times, most recently in 1995 with Dorans Pride. Baracouda provided a first success for France in 2002 and followed up in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he was runner-up behind Iris's Gift and Inglis Drever respectively, while in 2006 he ran fifth behind My Way De Solzen. Baracouda's trainer Francois Doumen also saddled Kasbah Bliss to finish second in 2008 and fourth in 2009. Since 2009 though this race has been the sole preserve of the incomparable Big Buck's who bids for an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the race this year. Anyone placing Cheltenham 2012 bets should remember this.

Byrne Group Plate

Probably takes the title as the most impossible if not the most impossible race of the entire four days. The last 11 winners have all started at double figure odds, and last year two 25/1 chances filled the first two spots in the race to compound the misery for punters, unless you were on the winner Holmwood Legend of course. Whatever your fancy in the race it may be worth adding in one of the longer-prices runners into the mix.

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Whilst some of the races at the Festival have provided the Irish with a steady stream of winners this race is certainly not one of them, as things stand they are on a 29-year losing streak, their last success in the race coming in 1983 via Greasepaint. They are well represented again in the entries this year but it pays to support them in the race at your peril.

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