Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips: Six bets to back on Thursday

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips: Imperial Aura can storm to Ryanair Chase glory.
Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips: Imperial Aura can storm to Ryanair Chase glory.

Our resident tipster Chris Baker gives his revised Cheltenham Festival Day 3 tips following the withdrawal of his two selections in the Pertemps (note there are now 6 tips rather than 7)...

Chris Baker's Thursday Tips

Pertemps Final - The Bosses Oscar at 6/1 with bet365

Ryanair Chase - Dashel Drasher (e.w) at 16/1, Imperial Aura at 7/1 with bet365

Paddy Power Plate - Farclas at 13/2, Coole Cody at 25/1, Smarty Wild at 25/1 with bet365

I now have six bets for the fourth day of the Cheltenham Festival (5 points staked).

Cheltenham Tips

13:55 – 3m Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 

With my two selections for the Pertemps now non-runners (Southfield Harvest and Getaround), this race looks to have opened up nicely for THE BOSSES OSCAR (1 point win bet at 6/1), who can defy top weight. Having run well to finish fifth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at last year’s Festival, he has since run well in all three starts this term.  Runner up the last twice (including behind a subsequent Grade 1 winner who lines up in today’s Stayers’ Hurdle), he looks poised to strike with conditions to suit.

Thu 13:55 - Pertemps Final
The Bosses Oscar silk

The Bosses Oscar

Cheltenham Festival Tips

14:30 – 2m4½f Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)

DASHEL DRASHER (0.5 point each-way bet at 16/1) comes into this race in fine form having won his last three starts, including the Grade 1 Ascot Chase last time out. After winning four consecutive races over hurdles earlier in his career, he finished second to Champ on his chasing debut before winning a novice chase by seven-lengths at Haydock. He has continued to improve this season, showing a brilliant attitude from the front. Although his best form has come on softer ground, he won at Cheltenham over hurdles on good ground. This test looks ideal and I cannot believe that he is available at such a big price.  

I also like IMPERIAL AURA (1 point win bet at 7/1), who has to bounce back from a second fence fall at Kempton when last seen. Kim Bailey’s progressive chaser ended last season with a Festival victory in the Listed Novices’ Handicap Chase, beating Tuesday’s National Hunt Chase winner Galvin by 3.25-lengths. He returned in good form this season and won both starts in impressive style before his uncharacteristic mishap last time out.

The shortlist is completed by the excellent Min, who won this race last year.

Thu 14:30 - Ryanair Chase
Dashel Drasher silk

Dashel Drasher (EW)

Thu 14:30 - Ryanair Chase
Imperial Aura silk

Imperial Aura

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15:40 – 2m4½f Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Denise Foster and Jack Kennedy team up with the 2018 Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle winner FARCLAS (1 point win bet at 13/2). Unfortunately, he failed to win another race over timber following that Festival victory, but he has made a good start to his chasing career. Having won his first three starts over the larger obstacles, he was then off the track for over 500 days before returning with a fifth-place finish.  He has since run well in big-field handicaps, finishing 3/22 then 4/22 last time out when sent off as favourite. The slight drop back in trip and return to a sound surface should really suit this seven-year-old.

At the prices, I am also having cover bets on COOLE CODY (0.5 point win bet at 25/1), a dual winner at Cheltenham including the competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at the November meeting, and SMARTY WILD (0.5 point win bet at 25/1), an improving sort who recently gained a first win over fences.

Thu 15:40 - Paddy Power Plate
Farclas silk


Thu 15:40 - Paddy Power Plate
Coole Cody silk

Coole Cody

Thu 15:40 - Paddy Power Plate
Smarty Wild silk

Smarty Wild

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