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Relativity new to the Cheltenham Festival the JLT Novice Chase has taken its rightly place as a top-class race. The top two in the betting Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation are 1-1 when meeting this season, but team Defi Du Seuil have learned from their defeat at Cheltenham when hitting the front to soon which gave Lostintranslation something to aim at up the hill. They met again at Sandown and the challenge was left as late as possible and it worked a treat.
After that run Andrew and Tom where of the opinion that Defi Du Seuil is back to his brilliant best and will be a tough nut to crack at a track he loves.
Dave likes the looks of the Willie Mullins trained mare Camelia De Cotte, who he thinks is going into the festival under the raider.
Tips for JLT Novice Chase
Andrew – Defi Du Seuil 9/2
Tom – Defi Du Seuil 9/2
Dave – Camelia De Cotte 16/1
Mares Novice Hurdle – 2m 1f
The Mares Novice Hurdle is a race that is hard to get a hold on. Andrew likes the hugely progressive Honeysuckle. She is currently unbeaten and put up an impressive display in a Listed hurdle around Fairyhouse. She could be open to any amount of improvement and will do as a confident pick for Andrew.
Tom likes the look of the Nicky Henderson trained Elusive Belle who made an impressive debut for the trainer around Wincanton, she is another that could be anything. Dave is taking a chance with the Willie Mullins trained Salsaretta.
Tips for Mares Novice Hurdle
Andrew – Honeysuckle 4/1
Tom – Elusive Belle 10/1
Dave – Salsaretta 12/1
The championship race for day 3 looks to have two stand out horses that will be fighting it out up the Cheltenham hill in Paisley Park and last year’s winner Penhill.
All three agreed that Paisley Park is looking like is could win this race for the next few years. His style of racing its tailor made for a race like this. He is not flashy but is the moment he comes off the bridle he finds loads and goes through the pack like a hot knife through butter.
If you are backing Penhill then you are taking a chance on him been 100% ready to run for his life, but he is trained by the master Willie Mullins who has done this with Penhill last season and Quevega every year she won the Mares Hurdle. So, it’s not a negative by any means.
Andrew and Tom picked out West Approach as one to fill up the 3rd spot at 33/1.
Tips for Stayers Hurdle
Andrew – Paisley Park 11/4
Tom – Paisley Park 11/4
Dave – Paisley Park 11/4
The championship race over 2m 5f is always a cracking race, this year’s look no different. Min is the horse that everyone wants to be on, and if it wasn’t for Altior he would be a Supreme Novice Hurdle and Champion Chase winner. He stands out by far the best bet in the Ryanair. As of now he is 3/1 but come the day you will be lucky to get 6/4 as the 5 of the top 7 in the market look likely to either go to the Champion Chase or Gold Cup.
Andrew, Tom and Dave are quietly confident that Min will get the job done.
Tips for Ryanair Chase
Andrew – Min 3/1
Tom – Min 3/1
Dave – Min 3/1
Andrew – Whisperinthebreeze
Tom – Sire Du Berlais
Dave – Whisperinthebreeze
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