Dave Nevison's top tips for day three of the Cheltenham Festival

By Dave Nevison
Wed 13 Mar 2019

1.30 Cheltenham: Real Steel at a general 7-1

I am hoping this one jumps as well as Willie Mullins’ Arkle winner did on Tuesday.

Real Steel has certainly made up in the jumping department since he crashed out at the last on his debut over fences when looking like winning.

Last time he impressively made all in a small field to beat Landofhopeandglory at Thurles and the form of that race looks as good as anything the English have managed so far.

The Mullins team have arrived at the Festival at the top of their form and ground conditions, as well as the trip, will be no negative.

Defi Du Seuil is still a bit of an enigma and Kildisart has shaved the top off the fences in his chases so far, which may mean a mistake is inevitable in such a competitive event.

2.10 Cheltenham: First Assignment each-way at 11-1 with Betfair (six places)

Although this horse has been beaten twice since his mightily impressive win here in November, his prospects of winning this prize have not diminished in my view.

The race probably came too quick at Haydock and his run had very much the look of a qualifying effort to my eyes at Warwick.

I think he is a serious staying prospect over hurdles and fences and I have massive respect for his trainer.

The Irish obviosuly have a very big say in the handicaps at this meeting and I am certain Sire Du Berlais has been absolutely laid out for this and bookies are taking no chances at putting him in at a skinny 5-1.

A Plus Tard showed that 5-1 can represent great value, even in a big field, and he has to be considered.

2.50 Cheltenham: Monalee at a general 9-2

It really seemed a non-debate as to whether this horse would run here or in the Gold Cup and thankfully his trainer, Henry de Bromhead, has actually gone for the race that Monalee has a favourite’s chance of winning.

He showed great guts to just hang on for second in the Savills chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, which was over three miles, but showed to me, at least, that this was his trip when beating Anibale Fly in the Red Mills chase at Gowran Park.

4.50 Cheltenham: Posh Trish at a general 6-1

This is an impressive looking mare who has looked quality in her runs this season. I saw her at Newbury in December and given how superior she looked to her rivals in the paddock, I was amazed she opened up second favourite.

That situation rapidly changed when punters arrived in the betting ring and she was very well backed before winning comfortably. Two more victories since have confirmed her well-being and I believe she is now up to this test.

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