Cheltenham Day 3 Tips for the Stayers Hurdle – Will Unowhatimeanharry win?

Cheltenham day 3 tips for the Stayers Hurdle where Unowhatimeanharry is a short price favourite and one of the bankers of many Cheltenham tipsters.

Thistlecrack was a convincing winner of the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last season but now that he has embarked upon a chasing career, UnowhatImeanharry has emerged as the clear favourite at about 5-4 to claim the renamed Stayers Hurdle. The Harry Fry trained horse has won all of his eight hurdle races since November 2015 and will be difficult to beat, but 2015 winner Cole Harden is also expected to feature with Willie Mullins likely to saddle several worthy contenders.


Stayers Hurdle Betting Tips

UnowhatImeanharry was never really considered a Cheltenham Festival horse during his early career, but he has not lost a race since moving to the Fry stable and had already won twice at Prestbury Park before winning the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle last season. He has scored three times this campaign culminating in narrowly defeating Cole Harden in the Cleeve Hurdle at the course during January, with the runner-up receiving 8lb. Cole Harden has failed to win a race since his 2015 triumph and it is difficult envisaging him reversing places with the short-priced favourite especially as he appears to lack that vital acceleration at the finish.

A more serious challenge may originate from one of the Irish raiders with Willie Mullins maintaining that Shaneshill and Clondaw Warrior are both expected to compete, but Nichols Canyon is rated as a doubtful starter. Shanesill has not always been the most reliable of jumpers but he beat Snow Falcon and Glondaw Warrior in the recent Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park with Ruby Walsh riding the latter. Although Mullins admitted that he was disappointed with Clondaw Warrior, he also claimed that better ground, which may materialise at the Festival, would suit the horse.    

Among the others to consider is the Paul Nicholls trained Zarkandar who is horse with a history of training problems but who showed signs of returning to form when winning at Haydock last month, and he could offer good each way value at 20/1 or more with some bookmakers.   

Neil King is also upbeat regarding the chances of Lil Rockerfeller despite the horse being comfortably beaten by UnowhatImeanharry at Ascot over three miles in December. He appears to need a test of stamina after disappointing in a 2m4f hurdle race at Cheltenham is his previous racecourse appearance and with his current price of 25/1, he is another contender worth considering for a place.


Cheltenham Day 3 Tips

Lil Rockerfeller (each-way) Stayers Hurdle – 25/1 with William Hill.


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