Thursday 24 August 2017

WATCH: 'I've napped it for the past three weeks' - Katie Walsh and our team give their predictions for Day Three

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Punters are dazed after a tough few days at Cheltenham but our experts believe that Day Three will see the tables turn.

Katie Walsh was the special guest on our preview show, in association with BoyleSports, and she has two interesting mounts today.

She rides Galway Hurdle hero and Royal Ascot winner Clondaw Warrior in the feature race of the day, the Stayer's Hurdle.

The horse carries the colours of the Act D Wagg Syndicate, a group of owners that includes Ruby Walsh's wife Gillian, and despite the fact ground conditions are not ideal, Katie believes her mount has a decent each-way chance at around 25/1.

She expects a big run from the fancied Mall Dini, trained by Patrick Kelly, in the Kim Muir at 5.30pm.

"I saw him this morning and he looks fantastic. We're looking forward to a big run," she said.

Incredibly, Day Three will begin with Willie Mullins and Ruby yet to register a winner but that could all change when Yorkhill lines up as favourite for the JLT at 1.30.

Herald expert Niall Cronin admitted that last year's Neptune winner could 'bolt up' but he would not be backing it at 6/5.

Leon Blanche of BoyleSports is siding with the favourite and Katie was quick to point out that the left-handed track will suit his jumping style and he has the best man on board to channel his enigmatic character.

Unowhatimeanharry is going to be 'very, very popular' with backers today, according to Blanche and is Cronin's nap selection for the day.

Mullins' Let's Dance is expected to be a short-price favourite for the Mare's Novice Hurdle at 4.50 and Katie doesn't believe she'll be beaten.

"I'm a huge Let's Dance fan. She's unbelievable to jump. I've napped her on every preview night over the past three weeks," she said.

For punters looking for a chance at bigger odds, Cronin believes that Jessie Harrington's Forage Meadow is a 'massive price' at 10/1, while Irish Independent racing correspondent Johnny Ward expects John Kiely's Toe The Line to run a big race at 20/1.

Blanche is tipping Neil Mulholland's in the closing race at 8/1 and he would have a huge chance if he can replicate his novice form from last season.

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