There’s plenty of action on day three of the Cheltenham Festival to sink your teeth into. Excluding the opening race which has only four runners, the field sizes are substantial. Bigger fields lead to some bigger prices and more places so we’ve picked out three horses to pique the interest of each-way players which are available at massive odds. Check out our free expertly selected tips which are available daily on our Cheltenham Festival tips page. We have you covered with a tip for every race of the festival.
Dame de Compagnie is a previous festival winner having won the 2020 renewal of the Coral Cup. That reason alone is enough to put her on the shortlist but she has sunk to a mark which is 1lb lower than the mark she was on when winning that race. The conditions of the race stipulate that to qualify for the final you must finish in the first six in a qualifier. She just about managed this when finishing a 97-length sixth in a qualifier at Wincanton on Boxing Day. I think it’s quite telling that she has been put away for this off the back of that run as she has now qualified and is on a good mark.
Song For Someone is yet to finish outside of the first two in two starts at Cheltenham. This includes a victory in the Grade 2 International Hurdle where he beat subsequent Christmas Hurdle winner Silver Streak. He seems to lack the gears for those two-mile races now despite not being beaten far in this year’s renewal. There was no disgrace in being beaten by Buzz over an extended 2m3f in the Ascot Hurdle back in November. He was outpaced that day which offers hope that this new trip could suit. The step-up to three miles for the first time could be a really interesting move and if it works he will surely outrun his current odds.
Almazhar Garde finished seventh in this race last year as a six-year-old which is a pretty solid performance for a relatively young horse in a race of this nature. The trends suggest the age range you should be looking for is seven to nine. Charlie Longsdon’s gelding now comes in at the younger end of this range. He is a much more streetwise horse now and will have improved for that experience last year. Despite now being rated 4lb higher he can outrun his monster of a price.
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