Sunday 4 December 2016

Race-by-race guide to Cheltenham day 3

Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00

1.30

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The Jewson Novices' Chase is a new race for the Festival and is not to be confused with the old Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase. WishfuLl Thinking is a useful sort that is on the up and his previous course experience should prove the difference.

2.05

A horrible race for backers where the favourite rarely performs. Unless you are into laying favourites on the exchanges, this contest should be avoided.

2.40

It's hard to get away from Paul Nicholls' Poquelin. He found plenty when it mattered in the Vote AP Gold Cup at this course in December and is the one to beat.

3.20

Will this end up as a match between Big Buck's and Grands Crus? It's a mouth-watering prospect as both horses are in cracking form and are the best in their division. It could be tight, but Big Buck's should have a couple of pounds in hand!

4.0

A big-field handicap, and not a race for heavy punting. Aigle D'Or may still have more to come before the handicapper catches up.

4.40

Any market moves for Ferdy Murphy's Galant Nuit would be interesting. However, if you're in the red at this stage of the proceedings, keep your money in your pocket for tomorrow as it's definitely not a contest for chasing losses.

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