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The first 2 days have been cracking racing ( Although the watering of the course is a Bain of the day) with Sir Gerhard, Facile Vega & Energumene winning on day 2. Another 3 Grade 1 contests today, a pair of Grade 3’s & the Grade 2 Mares’ Novice Hurdle.
The scores at the midway point of the festival are – UK 5 – 9 Ireland

As for the AOLR scores –
Charlie – Journey With Me (Fell) & Unexpected Party (PU) 1 win/1 place
Chris – Diesel D’Allier (4th) & Buddy Rich ( Non Runner) 2 places
Jamie – Bravemansgame (Non Runner) & Facile Vega ( Winner) 1 winner 0 places
Rich – Gowel Road ( 7th) 1 place

That’s everything up to date, let’s get on with Day 3….

Charlie –

3.30 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle

Selection – Thyme Hill – 8 year old Gelding out of Kayf Tara and Rosita Bay, has had 12 career runs winning 6 times, last win came at Aintree on the 10th April last year when beating Roksana by a neck. More recently was beaten 1 and 3/4 lengths by Champ in the Long Walk hurdle on the 18th December and Paisley Park was 3rd in that race some 5 lengths behind the winner. If reproducing that kind of form today that should be enough to land this race at the expense of Champ who has since been beaten since that Long Walk Hurdle win.

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4.10 Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase

Selection – Imperial Alcazar -Won here last time out when beating Beakstown by 10 lengths, although that was first win in almost a year, has ran with credit in a couple of races. Although was 2nd twice on first 2 Chase starts the 1st of those was a 2 horse race so that can’t be gauged as a piece of form, but has built on that experience and looks likely that if reproducing form shown in previous 3 starts that could be enough to land this race, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Adrimel who has won last 2 starts.

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Jamie –

3:30 – Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle (G1)  

Selection: Flooring Porter  

This looks to be perhaps the most open Grade 1 race of the entire festival with the field at 4/1 at the time of writing. I think the defending champion Flooring Porter can do the business once again. He ticks a lot of boxes with his course and distance form proven, winning on soft ground and reports from the Gavin Cromwell team have been positive. As many will have noted down yesterday’s rainfall will have aided his chances. Gavin has freshened up Flooring Porter as we haven’t seen him in public since Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting where he just failed to reel in one of his biggest dangers today, Klassical Dream. However, anybody who has seen that race knows that Klassical Dream stole a good five or six crucial lengths in a messy start to the race. Flooring Porter was gaining all the way up the Leopardstown straight and I am confident he will turn the form around. Everything is set for a big effort from my selection and he should be in the mix.  

4:10 – Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase (G3) 

Selection: Stolen Silver (Each way)  

This race has slightly cut up with 4 pulled out to the soft ground conditions, which leaves a field of 18 going to post for the 2m 4 1/2f test. At an each way price I like Stolen Silver who goes for the Sam Thomas yard who have been in good form this campaign. This horse has some smart form in the book from his novice hurdling days when he beat Edwardstone & ran Chantry House close at Cheltenham over two miles. The pick of his form this season over fences was a neck second behind Editeur De Gite here at Prestbury Park back in November, a stumble after the last may have cost him victory that day. I am happy to forgive a horse a poor run and for whatever reason he just didn’t fire at Wincanton last time out. It is also worth noting that he has ran in a G1 behind Edwardstone earlier this campaign too, that is the regard this horse is held in by his team. The course suits him well, he has winning form on soft ground and is on the improve this season. Hopefully they will go a good clip up and my horse can pick them off late and pick up a place. Shop around as some bookies will be offering extra places.  

Rich –

2.10 Handicap Hurdle – Grade 3 – 5yo+ – 2m 8f
Alaphilippe – Morozov X Oscar Bird 8yo gelding.

3 wins & 1 place from 6 hurdle starts, with all his hurdle wins coming on soft ground (Won a NHF race on Heavy at Ffos Las) Ran in last years Albert Bartlett, finishing 8th of 16 behind Vanillier. Won a Grade 2 Haydock novice hurdle last February. Has only had 1 run this term at Warwick in a 3m 1f Class 2 handicap hurdle, finishing 5th of 7, some 8 & 1/2 lengths behind winner Sporting John on January 15th. Handicap mark has dropped from 143 this time last year to 138 – Each Way

4.10 Plate Handicap Chase – Grade 3 – 5yo+ – 2m 4f 127yds…
Adrimel – Tirwanako X Irise De Gene 7yo gelding.

2 wins from his 3 chase starts. Was pulled up between 5th & 4th last o Chase debut at Exeter after never getting going in a Class 2 Novice chase over 2m 3f on December 3rd. Ran again just 15 days laster ( December 18th) at Haydock (Soft, Heavy in places) in a Class 3 Novice Chase, with a field of 4 going to post. He duly won the race by 15 lengths. A break of 63 days before he returned to Haydock (Heavy) in another small field on February 19th, when beating Shman Du Berlais by a neck to make it 2 wins from 3 runs! Each Way

That’s the end of day 3 from us at AOLR, thanks for popping by, we really appreciate it. See you tomorrow for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival 2022…

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team

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