the horses to watch on day three of the Cheltenham Festival

the horses to watch on day three of the Cheltenham Festival

So with two amazing days over and two more fantastic ones to come, there is still plenty to play for in The Telegraph’s Fantasy Racing competition. With 134 runners set to contest the seven races on Thursday’s card, it will be difficult to find the winners but here are my suggestions that just might keep you in with a chance of victory.

JLT Novices’ Chase (1.30pm)

Defi Du Seuil beat main market rival Lostintranslation at Sandown in their last start and should again come out on top here. The Philip Hobbs-trained six-year-old performs well at the track, winning four of his six starts at Cheltenham, and there has been plenty of confidence over his chance for many months.

An outsider it could pay to back each-way is Mengli Khan. He finished third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year and has not been seen at his best on good ground this winter. He will be ideally suited by soft conditions and looks a big price at 16/1 for master trainer Gordon Elliott.

Pertemps Final (2.10pm)

There has been a definite trend in recent years to younger, improving types who could go on to better things, with Holywell, Presenting Percy and Delta Work among the winners in the last six years.

With that in mind, it might be worth focusing on some young horses who could outrun their odds and my eye is drawn to Irish raider Not Many Left. The Jessica Harrington-trained six-year-old  is lightly raced and won a Huntingdon qualifier, which was last year won by Taj Badalandabad who went on to finish fourth in this race. He is around 20/1 and could be overpriced.

Ryanair Chase (2.50)

This looks an incredibly trappy Ryanair with all 12 runners having some form of chance. I’m happy to swerve favourite Footpad, whose stamina is far from assured and should probably have taken on Altior in the Champion Chase, while it would be an amazing effort from Un De Sceaux to win this at the age of 11. Road To Respect and Frodon are grand types and look sure to give their running but Monalee has a touch of star quality and could come out on top. Henry de Bromhead’s runner was beaten only by Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy in the RSA Chase last year and by Kemboy in the Grade One Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. This intermediate trip looks sure to suit him and his best form has come on soft ground. He’s my best bet of the day.

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