Here we go with Day Three of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival from Prestbury Park…

Welcome to Arseonlineracing, this website is a 100% independent racing website with NO affiliate links. Curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight. Miles apart but united by the sport of kings…

How are we all doing after the first two days? Let’s see what happened on Wednesday before we get into todays thoughts…

What a day on Wednesday…
Envoi Allen won for Rich
Chris & Rich both put up Champ & what a run that was!
Charlie gave you Dame De Compagnie
Add to that the first 2 home in the Cross Country & we are very happy…

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Right here we go with our thought for Day Three….

Charlie –

1.30 Marsh Novices Chase Grade 1 over 2m 3f 168y

This race is very competitive with several capable of landing the prize from Faugeen, Samcro, Melon and Annie Mc to name a few, but my preference is for Mr Fisher from Nicky Henserson’s Yard.
Mr Fisher had won twice from 5 hurdles races before making his chase debut on 20th November 2019 at Warwick, in the Highflyer Bloodstock Novices Chase over 2m 54y, when finishing a 3 length 2nd behind Torpillo. Was sent to Cheltenham for next race on the 14th December.
The race was the Ryman Novices Chase over 2m 4f 127y and Mr Fisher won, beating Good Boy Bobby by 1 and 1/4 lengths. More recently was sent to Doncaster on the 25th January to race in a Grade 2 Novices Chase over 2m 78y and Mr Fisher won again beating Al Dancer by 1 length. This race is a slightly tougher affair but Mr Fisher knows his way around Cheltenham and could give Nicky another winner to kick off the 3rd day.

Selection Mr Fisher – Nap

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5.30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders Handicap Chase over 3m 2f

Is another tricky race to unravel with several of these in with a chance, from the likes of Deise Aba, Le Breuil, Milan Native, One Style and Plan Of Attack to name a few, are all capable on their day but I think Champagne Platinum from Nicky Henderson has a great chance.
Champagne Platinum has only had 3 chase starts so far, beginning with a 5th place finish behind stable companion Mr Fisher at Cheltenham on the 14th December last year. Was then sent to Newbury on the 15th January to run over 2m 92y and finished 4th behind winner Moonlighter.
Was then sent to Sandown on the 1st February this year to race in the Scilly Isles Novice Chase over 2m 4f 10y and finished 3rd behind Itchy Feet who won and Midnight Shadow who was 2nd.
Although Champagne Platinum has yet to gain 1st victory over fences the booking of Mr Derek O’connor is a sign of intent as he has a 67% strike rate when riding Nickys Horse’s.

Selection Champagne Platinum – Nb

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Chris –

Unfortunately my 10/1 shot Franco De Port finished tailed off in the Coral Cup, but we more than made up for that with Champ rallying up the hill in a pulsating finish in the RSA. We head to day 3 hoping to add to a solid festival for us so far.

I don’t normally do this, but I can’t split my head and heart in the Marsh Novices Chase. At the current prices im happy to have both Faugheen (6/1) and Mister Fisher (11/2) running for me against the rest. Faugheen needs no introduction, and his performance when I was at Leopardstown brought the house down. No question, if the former Champion Hurdler can follow up, he will receive the mother of all ovations in the winners enclosure.

Mister Fisher is a horse I’ve like since I first watched him land a Kempton bumper. He was in need of the run at Warwick, but has since won nicely here at Cheltenham and again at Doncaster, looking like a step-up in trip was the right choice instead of heading for the Arkle. Those running at the previous festival and winning a graded chase last time out have a great record here.

My NAP of the day, and possibly my bet of the week is A Plus Tard in the Ryanair Chase. Thirteen of the past fifteen winners won at the previous years Festival, with French bred horses taking the past six renewals. More than half of the fifteen winners were second season chasers and horses at the top of the betting are regularly gaining success in this Grade 1 over the intermediate trip. It’s clear with these trends we cannot look much further than A Plus Tard, and I feel he will take all the beating.

 

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Jamie –

1:30 – JLT Marsh Novices Chase –
Selection: Samcro

A top-drawer renewal of this race with so many in with a shout of winning. I am keeping the faith with Samcro on the back of a wind op after his last run at Limerick on Boxing day. That day he finished tired and well beaten by Faugheen. At around 11/2 he could be the value bet in this race if he turns up with his A game.
He looked so visually impressive on his bow over fences at Down Royal and may well have beaten Arkle runner up Fakir D’oudairies in a top-level race at Fairyhouse if he had not unseated Jack Kennedy two fences out. If his breathing issues have been sorted then he must be seriously considered for this two-and-a-half-mile contest, which looks to be Samcro’s ideal trip. On his best form he is a worth a punt.

2:50 – Ryanair Chase –
Selection: A Plus Tard

A smaller field than usual for this intermediate distance Grade 1 over fences. Last year’s winner Frodon is back to defend his crown under Bryony Frost. However, he faces a tough task as he takes on top class Irish pair A Plus Tard & Min. The ever-improving A Plus Tard looks the one to be with here for the in-form Blackmore / De Bromhead team.
Freshened up since Christmas, where he beat Chacun Por Soi in good style over two miles, the selection here has the pace and jumping prowess to take this. A Plus Tard looked a top prospect after winning the Novices handicap chase here at the festival twelve months ago and he can confirm that with a win here.

4:10 – Brown Advisory  Merribelle Stable Plate:
Selection: Happy

Diva (E/W)
A good winner over course and distance back in November of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Happy Diva looks set for another big run at Presbury Park. She loves it here and enjoys the hustle and bustle of a big field handicap. Top amateur Richard Patrick takes a crucial 3lb off her back and that could really make a difference on this soft ground,
which happily, Happy Diva has good form on. Kerry Lee has freshened up her star mare and she must have some sort of an e/w chance. Course form at Cheltenham can count for a lot and Happy Diva on her best form will give you a good effort for your money.

Rich – 

1.30 Marsh Novice Chase – Grade 1 – 2m 3f 168yds….

Faugheen – The 12 year old has taken to chasing like a duck to water, which is hard to believe when he was last seen over hurdles. The duel Cheltenham Grade 1 winning hurdler, in fact the 9 time Grade 1 winning hurdler began his chasing life at Naas on November 16th in a 2m 4f Beginners Chase, winning by 7 & 1/2 lengths from Walk Away. He made it 2 wins from 2 starts when landing the Grade 1 Limerick Novice Chase 2m 3f 160yds by 10 lengths from Samcro before making it 3 wins from 3 chase starts by talking another Grade 1, this time at Leopardstown in the 2m 5f Flogas Novice Chase from Easy Game by 1/2 a length.
This would be a fairy tail & I believe in Fairy tails….

2.50 Ryanair Chase – Grade 1 – 2m 4f 127yds…

A Plus Tard & Min are likely to be well supported but I am going for 2018 JLT Novice Chase winner SHATTERED LOVE. Despite only winning once so far this season, the mare was a 34 length victor over Listen Dear on her 2nd run at Clonmel. Although she finished well behind Min, 19 & 3/4 lengths in the Grade 1 Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December and 19 lengths behind Al Boum Photo on New Years Day in the 2m 5f NYD Grade 3 Chase at Tramore she improved last time out when runner up at Gowran on February 15th to Chris’ Dream in the 2m 4f Red Mills Chase, over turning form with Snow Falcon(3rd in this race) having been well beaten on seasonal return and she has a 7lb allowance today. PLACE OUTSIDER!

That is everything for you today folks, a huge thanks for popping by….

Remember to bet responsibly, if you can’t afford to bet just watch the first class action on TV

All the Best from the Arseonline Team

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