David Pipe and Venetia Williams have won five of the past 10 runnings of the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Plate between them. Pipe has also recorded top-five finishes with horses in the past four years so his Eamon An Cnoic could be each-way value at 20-1. Williams saddles two but Gardefort is a huge price at 40-1. He finished second in the Grand Annual two years ago and looked to be on the way back to form when unseating on his last start.
Cheltenham day three tips and best bets by Marlborough
1.30 – JLT Novices Chase
This looks to rest between DEFI DU SEUIL, Reel Steel and Mengli Khan. A narrow preference is for the Philip Hobbs’s chaser, who has got better with each race over fences, particularly with regard to his jumping. Further confidence comes from an obvious appreciation of this track, where, from six appearances, his form figures read 111125. Willie Mullins chose this race in preference to the Arkle for Reel Steel and, having already sent out the impressive winner of that event on Tuesday, it is not hard to see why he took this route. Reel Steel has plenty of potential and won with a good deal in hand last time. He is not passed over lightly. If we can forgive Mengli Khan a pretty disappointing run at Leopardstown then he has claims. One concern with him, though, is the general form of trainer Gordon Elliott’s runners this week.
- Marlborough’s tip – Defi du Seuil
- Marcus Armytage’s tip – Kildisart
- Ross Clarke’s tip – Kildisart
- Charlie Brooks’ tip – Reel Steel
2.10 – Pertemps Final
A TOI PHIL is better known as a chaser but showed enough when booking his place in a Punchestown qualifier for this race to suggest that his hurdles rating, which is 7lb lower than his chase mark, is definitely workable. Boyhood has run well on two previous visits here and likes give in the ground – the softer the better. In a tough race chances can be given to many. Aaron Lad impressed with the smooth manner in which he travelled when winning over course and distance in December and has not run since, to protect his mark. Black Mischief is expected to enjoy this stiffer test of stamina. Theclockisticking holds his form well.
- Marlborough’s tip – A Toi Phil
- Marcus Armytage’s tip – Samburu Shujaa
- Ross Clarke’s tip – Not Many Left
- Charlie Brooks’ tip – Aaron Lad
2.50 – Ryanair Chase
FOOTPAD has been a personal disappointment this season as I really rated him as a likely challenger to Altior for two-mile honours after his Arkle Chase win a year ago. This event affords him a solid opportunity to return to winning form and I shall give him one more chance as I cannot believe his brilliance is completely extinguished. Balko De Flo and the likely front-runner Un De Sceaux, the two most recent winners of this contest, are sure to keep the pressure on. Frodon appears the best of the four home-trained runners.
- Marlborough’s tip – Footpad (nap)
- Marcus Armytage’s tip – Monalee
- Ross Clarke’s tip – Monalee
- Charlie Brooks’ tip – Frodon
3.30 – Stayers Hurdle
Doubts regarding stamina hang over many of these and the safest option may be to side with a horse that is fully proven in that department, PAISLEY PARK. He has looked increasingly assured this season and the only real negative would be if the ground came up very heavy, for his one poor run was on that surface here 12 months ago. Black Op would surely be a factor if he can recapture his Albert Bartlett form last year and he showed signs here last time – when he finished 14 lengths behind Paisley Park – that he retains a good measure of ability. I have always had a soft spot for Faugheen but he has yet to convince me that he truly stays three miles. Sam Spinner was a disappointing favourite for this race a year ago and has something to prove.
- Marlborough’s tip – Paisley Park
- Marcus Armytage’s tip – Paisley Park
- Ross Clarke’s tip – Paisley Park
- Charlie Brooks’ tip – Black Op