Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: MARSH NOVICES’ CHASE

  • 14/03/2019
  • 13:30

2020 Marsh Novices’ Chase Tips

There was barely a dry eye in the house when “the machine” Faugheen won the Flogas Novices’ Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival last month. If Willie Mullins’ former Champion Hurdle winner was to win the opener on St Patrick’s Day, the outpouring of emotion from the stands may lift the roof right off Prestbury Park. Yet, Willie Mullins’ teenager has slid from favoritism out to 8/1 in recent weeks, and I have a feeling Rich Ricci may save his teenage star for Punchestown.

If ALLAHO was to turn up on day three, then he would definitely feature amongst my Cheltenham Festival day three tips. The team is still said to be undecided between this race and the RSA Chase on day two. I just think two-and-a-half miles would suit him better and this is certainly the weaker of the two races. Yet, while his participation remains up in the air, I can’t bring myself to back him just yet.

The other runner who holds strong appeal for me is MISTER FISHER. I was really taken with the style in which Nicky Henderson’s charge swept past Good Boy Bobby to win the Ryman’s here in November. It reminded me of Defi Du Seuil’s winning performance in this race 12 months ago. Mister Fisher then proved he had more than enough speed and class to win over two miles at Doncaster, battling bravely to beat Al Dancer and Lisp to the Grade Two Lightning Chase.

Henderson has left the option of the Arkle open for this progressive novice. Good ground is clearly key to Mister Fisher’s chances though, and the going at Cheltenham will undoubtedly be better on day three than day one, so the Marsh Novices’ Chase looks his most suitable race. If he can sit just off the pace and strike turning for home, he has a turn-of-foot that even Allaho should be worried about. He looks an excellent each-way Cheltenham Festival tip.

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Cheltenham tips for Thursday

1:30JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase Tips
2:10Pertemps Final Tips
2:50Ryanair Chase Tips
3:30Stayers’ Hurdle Tips
4:10Festival Plate Handicap Chase Tips
4:50Mares’ Novices Hurdle Tips
5:30Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

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Marsh Novices’ Chase

St. Patrick’s day (Cheltenham races day 3) at the Cheltenham Festival kicks off with the JLT Novices’ Chase, a two-and-a-half-mile Grade One with a growing reputation. It will take a top-quality first-season chaser to win the JLT and many of its winners have gone on to achieve great things during the second year over the larger obstacles.

The name of Gold Cup legend Golden Miller adorns the JLT Trophy, a prize which has been lifted by Ireland’s top trainer, Willie Mullins four times since the race was created in 2011.

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