Cheltenham Festival – Day 3

Time: 14:10 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Class 1)

Selection: The Changing Man (25/1 – 6 places)

Trainer: Joe Tizzard Jockey: Brendon Powell

Summary: I was going to post Maxxum for this race but for the amount of runners, 6/1 is a bit short for me. The one I do like at a price is THE CHANGING MAN.

The Changing Man has been in great form this season for the Tizzard Yard, with figures of 111222 in his last 6 races. The form of those races are decent, particularly finishing only 1 1/4 lengths behind Itchy Feet at Huntington back in January.

He will need to produce a career best performance to even think about competing in this year’s Pertemps, but he can and Brendon Powell can keep him up with the pace then hopefully he’ll be fighting it out up the hill.

Time: 14:50 – Ryanair Chase (Class 1)

Selection: Shishkin (10/11)

Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville

Summary: Keeping this one sort and sweet – if he produces a performance like he did at Ascot in February, he will be very hard to beat.

He’s one of my favourite horses in training, and can’t wait to see if he can back up his run at Ascot and forget about last year’s Champions Chase, when he was pulled up.

I don’t normally like posting horses this short but if he turns up, he wins in my eyes.

Time: 16:10 – Magners Plate Handicap Chase (Class 1)

Selection: Il Ridoto (8/1 – 6 places)

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobdon

Summary: Looking back at my selections for Day 3, I seemed to be going for all English trainers, which might not work out for me too much, definitely considering the form of the Irish.

However, I still going to side with the English in this Class 1 Chase and go for IL RIDOTO.

Another horse that is great form, having won here back in January – over the same distance on soft ground.

Has gone up for that win, but looking at the form of that race, I believe he should take another step up from that run.

He likes to run most his races just behind the leaders so in such a big field, Harry Cobdon will have to ensure they get into a nice position and stay out of any skirmishes with other horses.

If they can and get a clean round of jumping then I see no reason why they can’t produce another big run.

Time: 16:50 – Jack De Bromhead Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Class 1)

Selection: Lot Of Joy (6/1 – 4 places)

Trainer: Willie Mullins Jockey: Paul Townend

Summary: I thought I had to choose one Irish trainer winner for Day 3 – and the one I really like is LOT OF JOY.

Don’t get me wrong, Luccia is a worthy favourite and will be hard to beat but watching Lot Of Joy’s last races, he seems to be a really promising sort.

I would defiantly recommend going each-way where ever possible as anything can happen in these novices races, but I’m really hopeful Lot Of Joy will bring me exactly that – a LOT OF JOY.