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Cheltenham 2019: Day 3 Ante-Post Tips

- 12:03, 2nd March 2019
Faugheen on his way to victory at the Punchestown Festival.

DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 02/03/2019, 12:30.

Our look ahead to the Cheltenham Festival continues, with just a little over a week left until the 'greatest show on turf' roars into life in the Cotswolds. Here are our Cheltenham tips for day three of the meeting.

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips

Stayers’ Hurdle

(15:30)

Faugheen to Win and Each Way @ 6/1 - BET NOW

'The Machine' no longer has the ability to bludgeon rivals into submission over two miles but don't rule him out from doing it over three instead. He's now 11 years old but there remains plenty of life in Faugheen.

He steamrollered last season's Stayers' Hurdle winner Penhill when they clashed at Punchestown in their Grade 1 version in April, the first time he had tackled that sort of trip since his youth back in 2013.

So positive were the vibes around him at home that Willie Mullins let him recommence this term in the two-mile Morgiana Hurdle back at Punchestown where he finished second to stablemate Sharjah.

It was clear from that run that old speed had gone, so Faugheen went to Leopardstown over Christmas for a dust-down with Apple's Jade over three miles.

He hadn't played his cards when uncharacteristically falling two out but he was tracking Apple's Jade all the way. Had he stood up and given her a race, his Cheltenham odds would be much shorter.

The murmurs from Closutton suggest he's fit and well, bound for Cheltenham not to make up numbers. With Penhill ruled out, Faugheen's chance on the big stage is a decent one.

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JLT Novices’ Chase

(13:30)

Voix De Reve to Win and Each Way @ 25/1 - BET NOW

Willie Mullins has won the JLT four times since it was introduced in 2011 and his Voix De Reve might be somewhat overlooked as things stand in the Cheltenham betting.

The colours of Graham Wylie have been carried to glory in this 2m4f contest by both Black Hercules and Yorkhill and the leading owner thrives on Festival success.

Voix De Reve was in with every chance in the Fred Winter in 2016 when he came down at final flight, while last year he was well held in the Coral Cup over 2m5f on soft ground that likely wasn't to his pleasing.

Since going chasing he has won two from four starts, all over 2m-2m2f, beating the likes of Mind's Eye and Hardline from Gordon Elliott's team.

At Christmas he proved no match for Le Richebourg around Leopardstown (2m1f) but he was giving Joseph O'Brien's runner something to think about back there in the Dublin Racing Festival when he crashed out at the last.

The Arkle is likely to be too quick for him but he's a winner over this trip from his days hurdling days and the step up in trip could see him improving in the JLT, with that little bit more time to focus on his jumping.

Ryanair Chase

(14:50)

Frodon to Win and Each Way @ 10/1 - BET NOW

Paul Nicholls has yet to settle on a target for Frodon at the Festival but he has gone on record with his doubts over his ability to stay the Gold Cup trip and, with Clan Des Obeaux leading the Ditcheat challenge in the Blue Ribband, the Ryanair is surely the right option.

Nicholls feels this race might 'cut up' and the trip is ideal for Frodon, as he showed when winning the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup here in December. He's three from four over fences this term and while he won over 3m+ on Trials Day, it is still going to be a leap of faith to pitch him into the Gold Cup.

With Politologue skipping this meeting to head for Aintree, Frodon is the most plausible Ryanair contender for Nicholls and he is a teak-tough contender that will give every ounce for Bryony Frost.

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