Cheltenham Festival ante-post horse racing betting tips for the best Irish bets on Day 3.
The third day of the Cheltenham Festival is St. Patricks Thursday at Prestbury Park, and it’s hoped that the Irish team can bag a few winners. While banking on Don Cossack in the Ryanair I’ve also suggested two nice outsiders for the JLT Novices’ Chase and the World Hurdle respectively.
Irish Ante-Post Day 3 Festival Betting Tips
JLT Novices’ Chase
Irish trainers have a good record in the JLT race with Benefficient, Sir Des Champs and Noble Prince all proving victorious in the past four years. There are plenty of Irish hopes entered for this year’s renewal but finding those who are likely to contest the race is a difficult job. Willie Mullins has Vautour, Valseur Lido and Gitane Du Berlais entered. If the first-named runs he will be difficult to beat but he could well still run in the Arkle.
Of the others, Noel Meade looks set to enter Apache Stronghold who has a leading chance, while Liz Doyle will bring Le Vant D’Antan hoping her stable star can oblige. However, preference is for GILGAMBOA (E/W) (12/1 Paddy Power) who is set to contest they race having been no match for Un De Sceaux last time out. Both the step up in trip and the better ground should play to his strengths and he looks to be a solid e/w Cheltenham Festival bet.
Ryanair CEO and owner of Gigginstown House Stud will be hoping DON COSSACK (4/1 William Hill) can carry their colours to victory in the race for the first time. this horse has really come into his own this year, winning four from four for Gordon Elliott. I feel he would have beaten Champagne Fever had the Ricci runner not fallen last time out and that is strong form to be taking into Cheltenham.
Shark Hanlon has said Hidden Cyclone will go for the Queen Mother, while Willie Mullins may run Ballycasey. To be honest though, Don Cossack looks to be the only Irish runner with a live chance and, should he reproduce his best form then there should be little for team Gigginstown to fear.
This year’s renewal of the World Hurdle looks to be a tricky contest with plenty of value to be found. Those at the head of the market have plenty of questions to answer through inexperience and various different injuries.
Away from the main markets leaders, Jetson always runs a good race and seems to have improved no end in the past season; however he looks held by Lieutenant Colonel on their run in Leopardstown over Christmas and previously at Fairyhouse. MONKSLAND (E/W) (16/1 bet365) made a satisfactory reappearance that day at Leopardstown but failed to follow-up on his next run when narrowly defeated. He is certainly a talented type and should come on again for that run with the better ground also set to help. He finished third behind Simonsig here in 2012 and, having been looked after by Noel Meade ever since, he can finish in the frame at a good e/w price.
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