Barry Geraghty: Cheltenham Festival Insights - Day 3

Barry Geraghty - Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Preview

Champ’s win in the RSA was incredible.

The ground was desperate, it made jumping hard work and he just battled so well.

He stays really well and when we came over the last, I knew I still had a chance.

I think he’s a future Gold Cup horse.

I got a great run on Dame De Compagnie in the Coral Cup.

She travelled well, jumped brilliantly and won it nicely.

Unfortunately, Defi Du Seuil never really turned up.

He was struggling a bit early on, which isn’t like him, so I was nursing him into the race, but he just didn’t get going.

I knew from three-out the game was up.

It’s disappointing, but the horse is okay and there’ll be a lot of good days ahead with him.

Two Thursday chances

I’d love to go back-to-back in the Pertemps Final (2.10pm) with Sire Du Berlais.

He’s a few pounds higher and he’s not the biggest of horses but he did manage to carry 11st 9lbs to victory last year so I wouldn’t be too worried.

I rode him at Leopardstown in December, and it was hard work to be honest, but he showed a bit more spark at Warwick last time and will hopefully come good at the right time.

He’s an experienced old pro who will be able to race lazily with me just cajoling him along and hopefully I get a nice run like I did last year.

My other ride on the Thursday is Full Of Surprises in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (5.30pm).

She won nicely on her debut up at Catterick before disappointing when well-backed at Wetherby

Based on that last run she’ll need to improve quite a bit, but the yard obviously has some belief that she’s got the ability to go well in a race like this.

Other thoughts on Day 3

It’s another brilliant day’s racing with maybe no better story than in the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase (1.30pm).

Faugheen could bring the house down if he were to win, and he has every chance based on his efforts over fences this season.

I just wonder if 2m4f will prove a bit too sharp for him and I’d rather be with Itchy Feet.

He was very good at Sandown and he looks the most straightforward.

As for the Ryanair, it’s got to be Min all day long.

His form is rock solid, and I’d take him over A Plus Tard who has still got a bit to prove.

If there’s a horse with a better chance than Min today, then it’s obviously Paisley Park in the Stayers’ (3.30pm).

Like many people, I think he’s the banker of the meeting.

If you back him, you might still be in an uneasy position coming to the final couple of flights, but he always seems to find enough and come through in the end, almost like Big Bucks used to.

Summerville Boy looks the most likely one to chase him home.

If your luck is in, the Plate (4.10pm) could be for you as it’s a bit of a lottery.

Last year’s winner Siruh Du Lac jumps out as a horse that will be there or thereabouts if bouncing back to form.

Nick Williams knows the time of day and should have him well-prepared.

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