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2019 Cheltenham Festival placepot tips - Selections and permutations for day three of Cheltenham

Brian Healy tries again on Thursday to land a share of the Cheltenham Festival Tote Placepot.

Brian Healy looks ahead to the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, and he again targets the Placepot with Thursday’s selections and permutation to hopefully scoop a share of the pot.

Sadly for Wednesday’s permutations, poor efforts by both Auvergnat and Fact Of The Matter in the Cross-Country Chase saw our Placepot attempt on day two of the Cheltenham Festival bite the dust after taking four lines into the race.

After a bumper first day dividend, those lucky enough to scoop a share of the pot received a much more modest second day dividend of £42.90 to £1 line stakes, and undaunted after Wednesday’s failure to land a share of the pot we take another stab on Thursday’s third day racecard.

1:30 - JLT Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4f

Little between LOSTINTRANSLATION (4) and Defi Du Seuil, and Colin Tizzard’s charge ought to go close having beaten the same rival in the Dipper Novices’ Chase here on New Years’ Day before being narrowly denied by the same rival at Sandown latest.

The Flemensfirth gelding looked a hardy stayer here when winning two starts ago, getting back up to deny Philip Hobbs’ rival on the run-in, and he ought to go close again racing back left-handed.

PRAVALAGUNA (10) is one of only two mares in the race, and Willie Mullins’ charge could post a big run despite having to find a considerable jolt of improvement.

The Great Pretender mare has returned from a break over the larger obstacles to register back-to-back wins at Limerick and Naas, the latter in Listed company where she was an easy winner. 

While she didn’t cover herself in glory here in last season’s Mares’ Hurdle, she could well be one to keep onside over fences and she gets a handy weight allowance from the boys in this field. She does need to improve, but given connections it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her do so for all this is a much tougher ask.

Lostintranslation can go close in Thursday's JLT Novices' Chase.

2:10 - Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

FIRST ASSIGNMENT (6) is 2-2 at Cheltenham, which included a Listed race in November, and Ian Williams’ charge might just have felt the run coming too soon seven days later at Haydock when denied late by Paisley Park, eventually finishing third.

The Vinnie Roe gelding ran another solid race over a longer trip at Warwick latest, and he ought to continue to give a good account here. While both wins here have come on good ground, he has won on soft ground elsewhere, and he ought to be involved.

THERMISTOCLES (14) has found a jolt of improvement this campaign, building on a very solid third on his reappearance at Roscommon to win upped to this trip at Clonmel in November. Joseph O’Brien’s charge subsequently went down only by a half-length when finishing third at Leopardstown in a strong race behind Cuneo over Christmas.

The Oscar gelding can continue to find improvement, and he could go well here.

FLEMCARA (15) was a three-time winner over hurdles in the 2017/18 season, and Emma Lavelle’s charge could give the yard a boost ahead of Paisley Park’s Stayers’ Hurdle tilt.

The Flemensfirth mare failed to make her mark in two starts over fences, beating only one home on his debut at Ffos Las before failing to complete next time at Chepstow; but having returned to hurdles at Sandown, he posted a highly creditable run in the Heroes Handicap Hurdle prior to getting back on the scoresheet at Exeter latest whith a defeat of Poker Play and he remains unexposed despite having been raised 4lbs in the weights.

2:50 - Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

UN DE SCEAUX (12) has finished first and second in the last two renewals of this contest, and Willie Mullins’ charge ought to give another account.

The Denham Red gelding won four of his last five outings last term, only beaten in this race twelve months ago behind Balko Des Flos. He has had just one run this season, finishing runner-up behind Altior in the Tingle Creek Chase, and he should remain competitive despite not having had a run since.

Fully effective over course and distance, he will relish the soft ground and no surprise to see him go close.

Un De Sceaux could go close in the Ryanair Chase,

3:30 - Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m

BLACK OP (3) has work to do with Paisley Park on their run here in the Cleeve Hurdle, but Tom George’s charge could finish closer here with that run expected to bring him on.

The Sandmason gelding looks very much a stayer, but he failed to see out his races over the larger obstacles before being returned to hurdles; he led briefly in the Cleeve Hurdle turning in, possibly just finding race-fitness at a premium.

He could be stronger this time around, and he can run another big race.

TOP NOTCH (15) ran well back over hurdles behind Paisley Park in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, after which Nicky Henderson’s charge resumed winning ways over fences when winning a Listed race at Kempton last time out.

The Poliglote gelding returns to hurdles for this outing, and he will relish this ground; he can go well back over the smaller obstacles and he is thoroughly unexposed over this trip.

4:10 - Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (3) has some solid form over hurdles to his name, winning three times and finishing fifth in the County Hurdle last year; but the Darsi gelding has taken really well to chasing for Dan Skelton, scoring on his debut over fences at Chepstow in a Listed contest prior to finding La Bague Au Roi in a Grade Two contest at Newbury too much of a test.

Latterly third to Kildisart here in January, he is only 1lb higher here and he should go well with proven course experience in a big field to call upon.

Formerly high-class VALSEUR LIDO (6) emerged from a spell in the doldrums to finish third behind Rathvinden at Fairyhouse in the Bobbyjo Chase in February, running well for a long way; Henry de Bromhead’s charge can post another big run if arriving in similar form.

The Anzillero gelding hasn’t won since winning the 2016 Champion Chase, and while not the force of old the handicapper continues to give him a chance. He has the services of Rachael Blackmore again so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he takes another step back in the right direction.

AZZERTI (19) is steadily get his act together over fences, winning two of his last three starts over the larger obstacles and Alan King’s charge can find another jolt of improvement to strike again despite this being a much tougher ask.

The Voix Du Nord gelding wasn’t always foot-perfect in beating two rivals at Ludlow latest, and he’ll need to jump better in this bigger field; but he remains open to improvement and with a clear run he could go well.

Spiritofthegames can post a big run in Thursday's Brown Advisory Plate.

4:50 - National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Reg' As Dawn Run) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m1f

POSH TRISH (1) goes from strength to strength over hurdles, winning four of her five starts this term with her sole success coming when finding only Lust For Glory too strong back in November. She was giving that rival 5lbs on that occasion, and the Stowaway mare got revenge next time in a Listed contest at Newbury prior to registering further wins at Wincanton and Taunton.

She looks sure to improve again, and she can go close here with course-winning form to her name.




2:50 - UN DE SCEAUX (12) 

3:30 - BLACK OP (3), TOP NOTCH (15) 


4:50 - POSH TRISH (1)

2x3x1x2x3x1 = 36 bets

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2019 Cheltenham Festival placepot tips - Selections and permutations for day three of Cheltenham

Brian Healy takes a look through the third day racecard at the Cheltenham Festival and has put together his selections and Placepot permutation for Thursday's popular Tote bet.

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