Cheltenham Festival Day Three Betting Tips: HE IS THE MAN WITH THE PREDICTION MIDAS TOUCH AND TODAY DEAN ‘MIDAS’ MAYNARD CONTINUES HIS EXCLUSIVE TIPS FOR THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL.
So far Midas has acquired three 2nd’s, a 3rd and 4th. Will that elusive winner come today, St Patrick’s Thursday?
Cheltenham Day Three:
1.30: Top Notch
2.10: Impulsive Star
4.50: La Bague Au Roi
EARLY GOING NEWS
The going for the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, remains: Good, Good to Soft in places.
Today racing switches to the New Course. All chase bends have been dolled out seven yards, adding 67 yards to races over 2m 4f and 2m 5f, and 92 yards to the race over 3m 2f.
However, the race one (JLT Novices’ Chase) start has been moved forwards 42 yards, so the actual distance run is 25 yards over the minimum distance.
The forecast is for conditions to remain dry but cooler than the previous two days, with temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius.
The round course was watered overnight, with 10 millimetres of moisture applied.
SIMON CLAISSE TALKS GROUND
Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course & Regional Head of Racing Jockey Club Racecourses South West, said this morning: “The weather was wonderful yesterday and gave us a record crowd (for the second day of The Festival since it went to four days in 2005) of just under 58,000.
“We knew from the weekend that if the rain that was forecast for Thursday and Friday didn’t materialise we probably would have to give the New Course a little bit of help. The forecast had been for rain but that has now disappeared from all predictions.
“I came out here last night after racing and expectation was the ground would have been dried out a lot during that warm and sunny afternoon but it actually caught me out how much the New Course had dried out – there was good to firm spots in significant places so we have put on eight to 10 millimetres of water to try and restore it to slow good ground. I am pretty confident now we have got it back to Good, Good to Soft in places. I think it might ride pretty similar to Tuesday’s ground.
“The New Course is a slightly longer circuit. The key is it rejoins the straight further down the hill so it is a longer climb to the winning post.
“I have been really happy with the ground for the last two days and the New Course is in good nick. This course hasn’t been raced on since March last year so we are really delighted with its condition. I don’t intend to water anymore.
“The outlook is for dry weather but it will be significantly cooler than yesterday’s 15/16 degrees Celsius, the second highest temperature there has been at The Festival during my time here, but what a lovely day. There was one year when we got up to 17/18 degrees Celsius.
“Temperatures this afternoon are forecast to be between eight to 10 degrees Celsius and it is likely to be cloudy. We have two more great days of racing to come.”