Thursday Tips at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Tips 2018

Cheltenham is flying past at a rate of knots – is it really Day Three already?

The JLT Novices Chase looks a below par renewal this season – and it looks a good opportunity for TERREFORT for land a Cheltenham Festival novice chase double for owner Simon Munir, who also won the Racing Post Arkle with Footpad on Tuesday. The forecast rain that is due to fall on Prestbury Park looks certain to suit Nicky Henderson’s smart novice, who is a natural over the larger obstacles.

His performance in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase where beating the Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname was full of positives when analysing this race. He’s very enthusiastic over his fences and looks to have a fantastic attitude for a battle, which will do him no harm when push comes to shove up the Cheltenham hill. Invitation

Only brings some smart form from Ireland over but there is a slight doubt about his ability to truly stay the trip in bottomless ground while Terrefort will relish it.

Un De Sceaux heads the market for what looks an intriguing Ryanair Chase. Willie Mullins’ brute of a chaser won this race in fine style 12 months ago, where he was given a masterful ride by Ruby Walsh.

The heavy ground will suit him but Walsh suffered a suspected broken leg on Wednesday and won’t be fit to partner him. This horse is a tricky customer and no matter how talented Paul Townsend is, Walsh will be missed.

On that basis, amongst other things, I’ll be taking him on. It’s not a deep renewal in terms of quality, therefore CUE CARD might just be able to roll back the clock and land another win at the top level at the age of 12.

His run behind Waiting Patiently, who would have been a good thing in this, reads very strongly as Cue Card set a scorching gallop and maintained it all the way until the final eighth of the race.

He jumped brilliantly, looked full of beans and if he brings that sort of form to the table then Un De Sceaux will have a race on his hooves.

The each-way players should be licking their lips at the prospect of backing UNKNOWWHATIMEANHARRY in the Stayers Hurdle around the 10/1 mark.

Harry Fry’s gutsy stayer will relish the underfoot conditions at Cheltenham.

It was only 12 months ago that he went off odds-on for this contest when he was denied by a splendid ride from Walsh on Nichols Canyan.

This year’s renewal looks to lack a true superstar and guts may be the order of the day. Uknowwhatimeanharry has that in spades.

He’s well overpriced.

The forecast ground means you can rule out plenty in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap.

But one that will be ploughing through the mud with a huge smile on his face will be LAST GOODBYE, who could develop into a Graded performer over fences when the mud is flying.

His latest win at Leopardstown was richly impressive and the handicapper may not have caught up with a horse that ran brilliantly in the novice edition of this race when the ground wasn’t in his favour.

The 12/1 is well worth taking.