Cheltenham day three betting tips:
Since tackling fences FAUGHEEN (1.30, nb) has found a new lease of life and can make it four on the bounce in the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase.
The winner of the 2015 Champion Hurdle is no spring chicken at the age of 12 but he clearly retains all of his ability and victory for this popular campaigner will bring the house down.
The hugely popular Rachael Blackmore can also enjoy more success with A PLUS TARD (2.50, nap) in the Ryanair Chase. This progressive chaser took a notable scalp in Chancun Pour Soi on his latest outing at Leopardstown in December.
Frodon, last year’s winner who was followed home by Aso, will not go down without a fight but his credentials fall short of the selection.
After a disappointing spell over fences, CITY ISLAND (3.30, treble) can make a spectacular return to hurdles by toppling Paisley Park in today’s Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. Paisley Park, seeking a second successive victory in this prestigious event and the winner of his last seven races, is a worthy favourite but his achievements have come against moderate performers.
Last season, City Island showed that can scrap with the very best when slamming Champ in the Ballymore Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Champ upheld that form when beating Emitom at Aintree last season.
If Apple’s Jade returns to her best she commands respect but the fact that connections have considered retirement, today’s race suggest this is a final throw of the dice.