Betfred columnists Alan Firkins and Owen McMahon share their best bets for the third day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival
It’s fair to say it wasn’t the best day yesterday, on the tipping front. The rain fell, in abundance, and changed the complexion of all seven races – that’s part of the game, I’m afraid!
Anyway, we’ve got fresh ground today as racing moves to the New course. Soft all over, Heavy in places (where the two courses cross over) is the state of play at time of writing.
It’s a dry day, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be racing on beautifully soft, proper National Hunt ground by the time the action kicks off.
We’ve each shared two tips, across four races, ahead of the afternoon’s top-class action. Kindly listen below.
NOTE: Brandy Love is a non-runner in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. Instead, we’ll go for Mister Coffey each-way in the final race on the card, the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at 5.30.
The form of the Scilly Isles he somehow completed last time out, despite walking through a fence early on, now looks very nice indeed after Pic D’Orhy’s subsequent G2 success last month and L’Homme Presse’s brilliant win in the Brown Advisory yesterday.
He’s potentially very well-handicapped off a mark of 137, and trainer Nicky Henderson thinks this step up in trip and going left-handed will bring out loads of improvement.
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