Cheltenham Festival Preview – Day 3 / Part II


Part II of my preview for Cheltenham Thursday takes a look into the races with the big field sizes. Always on the hunt for value, I belive to have found some interesting overpriced horses.

Pertemps Network Final (Listed Handicap Hurdle)

I wouldn’t be surprised if Grand National winner Pineau De Re shows up today with a big performance but I like Trustan Times a bit more and trust him to run a very good race at a big price. Less than a lengths beaten in fourth last year, he followed on with a third in the Scottish Grand National. Wasn’t seen at his best this season so far, but good ground and return to Cheltenham will definitely suit.

Trustan Times @ 20/1 PP – 2.5pts EW


Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Grade 3 Handicap)

David Pipe’s favourite looks hard to oppose but offers zero value. Jessica Harrington in contrast brings over the excellent mare Burn And Turn who was runner-up in the Galway Plate last year and who won off 138 a good Chase at Limerick over 2m4. Out off depth in Graded company, this drop in class will help and key to her is the good ground. She arrives fresh, what can only enhance her chances.

Burn And Turn @ 20/1 Coral – 2.5pts EW


Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

Benbane Head has a p proven track record over course and distance and if you can forgive him his recent antics at Warwick then you see a nine lengths CD triumph in a Grade 3 Handicap Chase. He’s seven pounds higher today but could be up to it at this venue with ground he clearly likes.

Benbane Head @ 25/1 VC – 2.5pts win 

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