Early bonus point for anyone naming the artist* of the 1968 worldwide hit that makes up our headline for Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, which has the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle as the feature race at 3.30.

Irish runners head the market for this 10 runner affair and one of those, Klassical Dream is our selection.

Willie‘s 8-y-o already boasts a victory over his market rival Flooring Porter, and, although beaten at 1-3 when last seen 7 weeks ago, you betcha KD will be well up for today. We recommend a win bet at 4-1.

The opening Turners Novices’ Chase at 1.30 has just four runners and it looks a straight match between Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs, which are 11-10 and 10-11 respectively. Bob Olinger probably has the edge on speed while Galopin Des Champs is the better jumper, so, guess what? We pass.

On, therefore, to the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at 2.10 and a field of just 22.

With qualification for this race designed to favour ‘plot’ horses, the art is picking the best ones and one horse that stands out is Alaphilippe.

Fergal‘s 8-y-o had a great time last season, winning four times, including a Grade 2 at Haydock, before finishing 5th in the Albert Bartlett here last March. Sometime after that the plan was hatched and Alaphilippe didn’t appear again until January, when coming in fifth in a qualifier at Warwick when, er, not quite fully fit.

A 2lb drop in the rating and the addition of a tongue tie evidence connections mean business and an each way bet at 6-1 is de rigeur.

4th in that same Warwick race was Sire Du Berlais, twice a previous winner of this race and rated to go close again. With generous place terms available, we should go each way (modestly) on this one too.

We complete our race portfolio with another each way bet, this time on the Gordon Elliott trained Dunboyne, which is not so much a plot but an unlucky horse and today it could all come together at 8-1.

At 2.50 the Ryanair Chase takes place, with the field reduced to 7 after two withdrawals and featuring the 8-13 fav Allaho.

Unbeatable? Maybe, maybe not. Followers of collateral form will have spotted the attractions of Conflated, which produced a jolt of improvement last time out when winning a Grade 1 at Leopardstown and that form is plenty good enough to at least run second and possibly turn over the jolly. Let’s have an each way bet on this beastie at 13-2, shall we?

That just leaves the simple matter of the Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase at 4.10 and we hope to give you a run for the hard-earned by nominating Adrimel (10-1) and Slate House (33-1) for our each way punts.

We return for the finale tomorrow.


Klassical Dream 3.30 Cheltenham 2pts win @ 4-1

Alaphilippe 2.10 Cheltenham 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1 (7 places)

Sire Du Berlais 2.10 Cheltenham 1pt e/w @ 5-1 (7 places)

Dunboyne 2.10 Cheltenham 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (7 places)

Conflated 2.50 Cheltenham 2pts e/w @ 13-2 (2 places)

Adrimel 4.10 Cheltenham 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (6 places)

Slate House 4.10 Cheltenham 1pt e/w @ 33-1 (6 places)


* Mason Williams

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