Cheltenham Festival 2017: Race-by-race preview and suggested bets for Tuesday, March 14

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Cheltenham Festival race-by-race preview and suggested bets for Tuesday, March 14:

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3.30 Petit Mouchoir 9/1

5.30 Foxtail Hill 6/1

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3.30 Petit Mouchoir 9/1

4.10 Jer’s Girl 10/1

4.50 Beware The Bear 15/2

5.30 Foxtail Hill 6/1

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Cheltenham 3.30

The Champion Hurdle once again looks to be a fascinating contest, despite a slightly below-average field compared to recent years. Nicky Henderson runs three in the race and looks to hold reasonable chances with Brain Power and Buveur D’Air. The former will appreciate the forecast drying ground and has impressed with solid handicap wins. Buveur D’Air, however, would ideally want softer conditions and the faster surface could be his undoing. The two stablemates Footpad and Wicklow Brave could well outrun their odds for the trainer who has had the last two winners of the race but places are probably his best hope this time around. Yanworth comes into this with some high-class form to his name and obvious claims but his sometimes flawed jumping will be tested to the limit. It’s interesting to see the novice Moon Racer line up here after just two wins over hurdles and his lack of experience must be questioned at this level. The selection, therefore, is PETIT MOUCHOIR who could take the field apart from the front, if allowed to build an early lead. His form coming into this is as good as any other and it could be yet another Champion Hurdle success for the Irish.

  1. Petit Mouchoir 9/1
  2. Brain Power 13/2
  3. Yanworth 5/2

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Cheltenham 4.10

Willie Mullins bids for a ninth success in this contest and Limini has to be a major player, being preferred by Ruby Walsh over stablemate Vroum Vroum Mag who won the race last year. Limini meanwhile ran out a comfortable winner of the new novices' race for mares at this meeting last year and had her main market rival Apple’s Jade behind her when making a winning return at Punchestown in February and will be a tough nut to crack. However, Dual Grade 1 winner Jer’s Girl represents real value with both of those victories coming over this trip. She needs to improve on her two most recent starts, but they were over an inadequate two miles and she will relish the conditions and likely strong pace.

  1. Jer’s Girl 10/1
  2. Limini 6/4
  3. Apple’s Jade 7/2

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Cheltenham 4.50

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Edwulf was an impressive winner at Naas last time out and he has placed over an extended 3m before and may have this trip within his compass. Flintham is another who has good form over 3m plus and he looks capable of outrunning his odds if the quicker ground isn’t an inconvenience. Meanwhile, Sam Waley-Cohen has a fine record at The Festival and he takes the ride on the in-form Beware The Bear who goes in search of a fifth win in a row but as with many runners in this, the extreme trip is an unknown.

  1. Edwulf 11/2
  2. Beware The Bear 15/2
  3. Flintham 33/1

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Cheltenham 5.30

Foxtail Hill could not have been more impressive than when he won here in January after benefitting from a fine ride from Jamie Bargary. William Twiston-Davies takes over in the saddle and provided he can get his mount to the fore and he puts in another fine round of jumping, he will be difficult to catch. Double W's has been running well on good ground this year and he may have needed his recent comeback run while Sizing Tennessee has been given a break after a slightly disappointing effort last time but he’s not been with this yard long and has the potential to improve.

  1. Foxtail Hill 6/1
  2. Double W's 14/1
  3. Sizing Tennessee 20/1

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Cheltenham 1.30

Willie Mullins has a fine record in this race, winning three of the last four renewals of the contest and he saddles long-time ante-post favourite Melon here. The five-year-old arrives here with a lofty reputation but the horse he beat into second on his only start over hurdles has been very disappointing in three outings since and he may be one to take on in the Festival opener. River Wylde looks like a more interesting runner for the Nicky Henderson team. He’s undefeated in three starts over hurdles to date and the trainer won this last year with Altior. High Bridge has done very little wrong in three starts since leaving Charlie Appleby’s stable and he can fight it out with Ballyandy who has more experience than plenty of his rivals and comes into the race with the highest official rating.

  1. River Wylde 8/1
  2. High Bridge 20/1
  3. Ballyandy 10/3

Finished: 1. Labaik 25/1, 2. Melon 3/1j, 3. River Wylde 8/1

Cheltenham 2.10

Altior is undefeated over obstacles and he looks very difficult to oppose. The seven-year-old has been near foot-perfect in four chase starts and provided he doesn’t make any major errors on his first start over fences at this course, the rest of the field look set to struggle. Charbel still looks a little raw and has work to do if he’s to turn around the Sandown form with the selection but he can prove best of the rest while Royal Caviar was a useful hurdler and would surely have recorded his second chase win if he hadn’t fallen at the last in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown recently.

  1. Altior 1/4
  2. Charbel 10/1
  3. Royal Caviar 12/1

Finished: 1. Altior 1/4f, 2. Cloudy Dream 12/1, 3. Ordinary World 25/1

Cheltenham 2.50

The Druids Nephew hasn’t won a race since winning this two years ago but he returns here off that last winning mark and the forecast good ground should bring out the best in him. Antony is another who will enjoy quicker ground and while he has been disappointing on his last couple of starts, it would be no surprise to see him bounce back. Holywell saves his best for The Festival and he finished runner-up off a 5lb higher mark last year.

  1. The Druids Nephew 8/1
  2. Antony 40/1
  3. Holywell 9/1

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Finished: 1. Un Temps Pour Tout 9/1, 2. Singlefarmpayment 5/1, 3. Noble Endeavour 15/2