Loader’s Lucky 15 – Best bets on day three at Cheltenham

Chris Loader rolls his four best bets on day three if the Cheltenham Festival into this Lucky 15 on Thursday 12th March.

It was definitely the day to follow JP McManus has he had four winners on the card. Most of our selections on the EW Lucky15 were disappointing but I’m hoping we can turn things around with Racing Tips today. Best odds available here with Betway.

Thursday’s Lucky 15

2.10 Pertemps Final – The Storyteller

The Storyteller has been well fancied for this race all season and took the exact same route as Sire Du Berlais when he finished sixth in the Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown in December. This horse had been between a rock and a hard place where he was capable of mixing in Graded company but wasn’t good enough to win those prizes.Therefore Gordon Elliott has seemed to have exploited his hurdle mark and his rating today of 149 looks within range. Furthermore he’s a proven Festival winner when he won the Brown Advisory Plate in 2018. Favourites tend to go well in this race and I believe he can get us off to a winning start on the day.

2.50 Ryanair – Frodon

Frodon was one of my biggest winners at the Cheltenham Festival last year and I think this race is tailor made for him over his ideal course and trip. This season hasn’t gone according to plan and he had the excuses of having ulcers after his run at Haydock. His trainer Paul Nicholls then sent him to a Grade 2 Chase at Kempton where he won very well and it seemed like a perfect prep race for his defence in the Ryanair. The eight-year-old’s biggest asset is his jumping and he has developed the perfect relationship with Bryony Frost. If he can get into a nice rhythm as he did last year he’s going to be hard to beat.

4.50 Mares Novice – Minella Melody

I have feeling we might see the colours of Kenneth Alexander in the winners enclosure at Cheltenham again today in the form of Minella Melody. This mare is a similar type to Honeysuckle after winning the same race she did last year in the Grade 3 Mares’ Novice at Fairyhouse. That day she showed a real turn of foot and her speed will definitely be key today. The only negative is that she will have to concede a 5lb penalty but I think she has the talent to defy that. With Rachael Blackmore in the saddle there is a lot to like about Minella Melody’s chances.

5.30 Kim Muir – Fitzhenry

Fitzhenry surely has to be one of the most reliable and unluckiest horses in training. The eight-year-old has been knocking at the door in decent handicaps this season finishing second in the Troytown and then again repeating the position in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. Last time he was starting to make his move at the Dulbin Racing Festival and was badly hampered at a crucial stage. I would forgive him that performance and he has the form to get involved today. Furthermore Patrick Mullins has been booked for the ride and he surely has to make the frame and I am hoping he can break his duck today.