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17.03.21 19:08

Cheltenham Festival Day Three – Odds Picks

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It’s day three of the Cheltenham Festival already and the parade of equine superstars just keep on coming – with the likes of Envoi Allen, Melon, and Paisley Park all going for glory.

We managed a couple of winners and a juicy 18/1 place on Wednesday so we’re back again with our top Odds Picks for Thursday’s Cheltenham action including a huge 40/1 fancy in the Ryanair.

And don’t forget to check out our Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers page on the link below for all the best free bets and betting offers for day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

Envoi Allen – 13:20 Cheltenham (Marsh Novices’) – 1/2 at bet365

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Envoi Allen to win the Marsh Novices'
1/2Bet

He’s a perfect 10 from 10 and has won at the last two Festivals, landing the Champion Bumper in 2019 and the Ballymore in 2020.

He comes into this on the back of two runs this season, winning on seasonal debut at Down Royal at the end of October before lifting the Drinmore Novices’ at Fairyhouse.

He looks a natural over fences and with a clear round of jumping, nothing should get close to him here.

Imperial Alcazar – 13:50 Cheltenham (Pertemps Final) – 11/2 at Betfred

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Imperial Alcazar to win the Pertemps Final
11/2Bet

Imperial Alcazar ran out a convincing winner at Warwick to move to the head of the ante-post market for this race and trainer Fergal O’Brien commented after that he’s one the best horses he’s ever had.

He won around here in the Ballymore trial in January last year so should have no issues with the track and, despite being raised 8lb for that Warwick success, he could well give O’Brien a well-deserved first-ever Festival winner.  

Chris’s Dream (E/W) – 14:30 Cheltenham (Ryanair Chase) – 40/1 at Betfair (5 places)

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Chris's Dream (E/W) in the Ryanair Chase
40/1Bet

Chris’s Dream put in some smart performances last year, winning the Troytown and Red Mills Chase before not quite getting home in the Gold Cup here behind Al Boum Photo.

He put in a cracking effort on seasonal reappearance and went down by just a head to The Storyteller who has since run 2nd in the Irish Gold Cup.

A disappointing run in the John Durkan could be attributed to it being just five weeks after his first run of the season and he’s a horse that goes well fresh.

He comes into this on the back of a break and that could see him him put in a big run at some rewarding odds for trainer Henry de Bromhead.

Flooring Porter (E/W) – 15:05 (Stayers’ Hurdle) – 12/1 at Paddy Power (5 places)

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Flooring Porter (E/W) in the Stayers' Hurdle
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Flooring Porter has done nothing but improve this season – winning his last two races including the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last time out.

He had several of today’s rivals in behind him that day including Sire Du Berlais, The Storyteller, and Fury Road, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to hold that form with them here.

Taking on Paisley Park is his toughest task to date but at just six-years-old, he’s still open to plenty improvement and looks a solid each-way bet in a wide-open-looking race.

Milanford (E/W) – 16:50 (Kim Muir) – 20/1 at BetVictor (5 places)

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Milanford (E/W) in the Kim Muir
20/1Bet

Milanford has shown some solid form this season, running 2nd on all three starts including in Grade 2 company at Doncaster in December.

He’s been given a workable mark for his handicap debut here for trainer Nick Mitchell, who’s main fancy for the race – Lieutenant Rocco – will sadly not be lining up.  

Connections feel that this race is tailor-made for Milanford and with Daryl Jacob taking the ride, we think they should go very close.

Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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