Saturday 29 April 2017

WATCH - Our expert panel expecting more Irish success with Jamie Codd bullish about On The Fringe

Cormac Byrne in Cheltenham

Herald columnist Jamie Codd is searching for a third winner of the Festival this afternoon and is confident that On The Fringe can provide it.

Speaking on our Day Four preview, in association with BoyleSports, the Wexford jockey was bullish about the chances of Enda Bolger's three-in-a-row chasing 12-year-old in the Foxhunters.

"If it's straightforward, he'll win alright," he said.

The JP McManus was the unanimous pick of our panel which included Irish Independent racing correspondent Johnny Ward, Herald expert Niall Cronin and Leon Blanche of BoyleSports.

Asked for his nap of the day, Codd, who has already tipped up winners Labaik (25/1), Fayonagh (7/1) and Cause Of Causes (4/1), went for Mega Fortune in the notoriously tricky Triumph.

Gordon Elliott's runner is an eyecatching 12/1 shot.

Ward revealed that Nicky Henderson's Charli Parcs has been the most talked about horse in the press room, in the same race.

Considering that he has already bagged five winners this week, it was very interesting that Codd described Albert Bartlett favourite Death Duty as 'Gordon Elliott's best runner of the week'

The panel are in agreement about the Gold Cup and believe that Willie Mullins will finally get to lift the coveted trophy after hitting the post on six previous occasions.

Champagne West And More Of That were put forward as good each-way shouts in the race.

Blanche tipped up Runfordave (10/1 for the Martin Pipe) and Alan King's Winter Escape (11/1).

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