Ray Flanagan with Cheltenham Day 3 selections
thought for the day:” It is important to keep control of ones betting”
Envoy Allen (4-1) was a winner yesterday while Apples Shakira (22-1) landed the place money under Ladbrokes terms.
Cheltenham 2.05- Walk To Freedom
The informed money is likely going to top of the market but in a race with a number with chances , top-weight Walk To Freedom could be as good as anything. Jessica Harrington’s charge has ran well in a number of good handicaps this term, none more so than when coming from an unpromising position in the qualifier at Leopardstown.
Cheltenham 2.50- Road To Respect
Arguably the race of the meeting. Road To Respect may not be as flashy as some of the others but he has contested a Gold Cup, won an Irish Lexus and been just touched off in a Leopardstown Hennessey. You often need a seasoned horse to win these ultra competitive Cheltenham races and if at his best which he has not quite been yet this year, Meade’s horse could be the one.
Cheltenham 3.30- Supasundae
The ultra consistent Supasundae has surely been underestimated. He has excellent previous course form including a runner-up to Penhill 12 months ago. Struggling a little this term but return to Cotswolds and return to 3 miles could spark him back to life.
Cheltenham 4.10- Spiritofgames
No better man than Dan Skelton in these Cheltenham handicaps. Spirit has some excellent hurdles form including the Lanzarote where he split Topofthegame and William Henry. Best chasing effort was last time over the course and distance and ought to hold a big say.
Cheltenham 5.30- Any Second Now
Remarkably still a maiden over fences despite series of good efforts. Seems to be staying well enough this year albeit no guarantee will stay this far. Looks worth the chance though with best form looking strong and likely to be given every chance by O Connor’s quiet riding style.
I am not sure has Ted Walsh struck since he won with Commanche Court, but this could be another one for him here.
0.75 pts ew- Walk To Freedom-2.05 Cheltenham-20-1 General
1 pt win-Road to Respect-2.50 Cheltenham-4-1 General
1 pt ew-Supasundae-3.30 Cheltenham-10-1 General
1.5 pts ew-Spiritofthegames-4.10 Cheltenham-8-1 General
2 pts win- Any Second Now-5.30 Cheltenham-6-1 General