Cheltenham Festival 2015 Preview Day Three
Following on from our exclusive Cheltenham Festival Day One and Day Two preview and tips, Place a Bet Online are pleased to bring you our Cheltenham Festival 2015 Day Three preview, courtesy of our very own and highly rated tipster.
Day Three Ante Post Picks
1.30 – JLT Novices Chase – Vautour (Win 5/2)
2.05 – Pertemps Final – Virtuel D’oudon (E/W 25/1)
2.40 – Ryanair Chase – Balder Succes (E/W 7/1)
3.20 – World Hurdle – Saphir Du Rheu (WIN 5/1)
Cheltenham festival 2015 Day Three Preview by Dave Moore
In previous years, day three has predominantly been my weakest day of the Cheltenham festival, which is no surprise given the number of quality horses involved throughout the day; but I’m super confident that this year will be a different story.
JLT Novices Hurdle
The JLT Novices Chase is a great race to start the day off and we’re excited at the prospect of seeing Vautour line up; if he takes his chance he will be very tough to beat.
Despite him looking a little out of sorts in his recent defeat to Clarcam, Vautour is considered to be something special and his stock is expected to rise even further in the coming seasons, which is why he’s our pick for a win bet.
One of Vautour’s biggest challengers is worthy of an each way bet if that’s your preferred choice. Ptit Zig has been very impressive, but falls have led to people questioning whether he is equipped to win this one. There’s still a great chance of him finishing in the top three, but it will take something special for him or any other contenders to beat Vautour.
I usually treat The Pertemps Final as an opportunity to play around, placing a few smaller bets on the outsiders that look like they could well step up. With Boylesports offering non-runner no bets across board, this race is worth taking a few risks with; so there are currently two horses in particular that interest me in the build-up.
Regal Encore has disappointed since his early bumper days but is still considered to be a big name in the yard. Being named favourite for the majority of his races, with the tide possibly appearing to turn in a recent win, casting him aside could be a very dangerous move indeed.
Virtuel D’oudon is the other appealing runner in the Pertemps, as he showed a remarkable attitude during the weekends win over Katkeau; the kind which is required to win a race like this one.
The Ryanair Chase
This looks to be a really exciting encounter with a host of big names tipped to run. The impressive Don Cossack leads the way after taking some big scalps in the form of Lord Windermere, Boston Bob and Champagne Fever, but at 4/1 it’s hardly worth backing.
Other notable runners are Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti but we’re also by passing these and putting our money on Balder Succes; having been propelled into the market he would be a canny each way bet.
In Paul Nicholls we trust, with Zarkandar and Saphir Du Rheu lining up in the World Hurdle there is every chance the winner will come from his yard. But despite Zarkandar finishing 4th last time round, it’s actually Saphir Du Rheu that piques our interest, following a marked improvement in the run up to the Cheltenham Festival, with his form putting him ahead of Zarkandar.
You may also be tempted to have a punt on Rock on Ruby which we would advise against, as despite being favoured in some camps for the Hurdle, he hasn’t tackled hurdles over 3 miles prior to this one so it could be a risky choice.
Saphir Du Rheu for the win is what we’re backing, but if you’re looking for a safer option you could do a lot worse than Un Temps Pour Tout for an each way pick.