Cheltenham Festival 2018: Day 3 Predictions
The Ryanair may only have attracted a small field this time around but Un Des Sceaux is still likely to start at an odds-against price in the two mile and five furlong contest. He is currently priced at 11/10 with Sportingbet and will be determined to defend his crown at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. The ten-year-old is an experienced campaigner and is likely to relish the underfoot conditions at Prestbury Park. Willie Mullins’ charge battled admirably and wasn’t fazed by the testing conditions at Cork when landing the Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase in December. Balko Des Flos is a potentially interesting rival, whilst Cue Card is always popular with punters, but it’s hard to see anything bettering Un Des Sceaux here.
The Stayers’ Hurdle looks an extremely interesting renewal, with Yanworth set to go head-to-head with Supersundae and Sam Spinner. The latter has decent figures but rarely races on heavy going and preference is given to Supersundae, who can be backed at 5/1.
Glencoe and Forza Milan look the pair to beat in the Pertemps with the latter open to significant improvement. The lightly-raced nine-year-old was extremely game at Punchestown and is currently available at 14/1 with NetBet. Trainer Phillip Hobbs sends Louis Vac Pouch to the 2018 Festival with the six-year-old fancied in the betting at 9/1 following an impressive outing at Aintree and could be best of the rest.
Terrefort Could Add to Henderson’s Festival Haul
Terrefort was very impressive when landing the Scilly Isles Chase at the beginning of February as he edged out Cyrname under a wonderful ride from Daryl Jacob. The Nicky Henderson-trained runner is the second favourite in the betting for the JLT, which kicks off the third day of action in Gloucestershire. The French-import is available at 4/1 with NetBet and looks likely to overhaul the favourite, Invitation Only.