Through The Card: Cheltenham, Wednesday March 16

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Timeform take you through the card at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

"This strong-travelling sort shouldn't be inconvenienced by the return to a sounder surface here and looks to be banker material in this opening leg of the Placepot..."

13:30 - Yanworth has been a short-priced favourite for this race since his impressive win in a Grade 2 over this C&D on Trial's Day and the style of that success identified him as a horse of serious potential. Fourth in last year's Champion Bumper, he is unbeaten since making the transition to hurdles and seemed to improve for this longer trip last time. That win did come on heavy ground but this strong-travelling sort shouldn't be inconvenienced by the return to a sounder surface here and looks to be banker material in this opening leg of the Placepot. Yorkhill is unexposed with just two starts over hurdles in the book and can also make the frame, while the horse he beat at Sandown last time, O O Seven, won over a longer trip on his only subsequent outing and could be worth bearing in mind at a bigger price.

14:10 - The clash between between More Of That and No More Heroes here has the potential to be one of the races of the Festival. The former was a winner of the World Hurdle at this meeting in 2014 and after missing most of last season with health issues, More Of That returned to the track with two smooth wins at this venue before Christmas. However, the lack of a recent run and his history of breathing problems make him opposable and marginal preference would be for No More Heroes. He has won all three of his starts over fences and has looked an absolute natural in doing so, jumping impeccably and barely coming out of second gear to win Grade 1's on his two most recent outings. He has the makings of a real top class chaser in years to come and, while the same could also be said of More Of That, No More Heroes rates the slightly more reliable proposition for the Placepot.

14:50 - A typically competitive renewal of the Coral Cup, a race where you could easily pick five against the field and still not manage to find the winner. We'll settle for a couple of Willie Mullins-trained runners here though, in the shape of Arbre de Vie and Blazer. The former ran a good race to finish fourth in last year's Albert Bartlett and followed that up with a sound second on his handicap debut at the Punchestown Festival. He has only been seen once since, when beaten into second as a 4/11 favourite on his chasing debut, but he remains open to improvement over hurdles and could be capable of running a big race. Blazer is also fancied on the form of his Leopardstown win in February and, having blatantly failed to run his race in the Betfair Hurdle a week later, is fancied to resume his progress with this stiffer test of stamina likely to be in his favour.

15:30 - A winner of all his completed starts since joining the Willie Mullins yard, Un de Sceaux has been favourite for this race ever seen his brilliant win in last year's Arkle and, although his aggressive style makes him a nervous watch for odds-on backers, he was a much more professional model when winning at Ascot last time. He is by far the most likely winner with a clear round, but the fact remains he has fallen in two of his seven starts over fences and it might be worth having the insurance of another selection in the Placepot. The horse in question is stablemate Felix Yonger, who is fancied to pick up some of the crumbs late in the day. This race has the potential to develop into a real battle on the front end and jockey Paul Townend looks sure to give Felix Yonger a more patient ride, before launching him at the leaders as they begin their ascent up the famous Cheltenham hill. He should be able to wear down a couple of his more aggressively-ridden rivals and looks to hold sound claims of making the frame.

16:10 - Enda Bolger excels with his runners in this sphere and, although he hasn't won this race since 2009, both his representatives in this year's renewal look worthy of inclusion in the Placepot. Josies Orders has been a revelation since taking to the banks, a winner of all three of his completed starts and twice tasting success at this venue before Christmas. He is a worthy favourite and, along with Quantitativeeasing, provides the trainer with a strong hand in his bid for a fifth win in this contest. The latter was terribly unlucky in last year's race, carried out when about to deliver his challenge on the turn for home and, a winner at Punchestown in November, he appears to have a good chance of making amends here.

16:50 - The Fred Winter is always a difficult race to assess and this year is no different, with the first three in the betting having had a combined total of three starts in the UK & Ireland. Favourite Diego du Charmil is yet to make it to a racecourse on these shores but, although that lack of experience is a concern, reports from trainer Paul Nicholls suggest he might well prove better than this grade in time. Diego du Charmil is reported to have been working well with Triumph-hopeful Zubayr and the lack of a recent run is by design, with Nicholls keen to protect what he felt was a favourable mark for this race. He looks primed to run a big race on his UK debut, while a combination of good ground and a breathing operation saw an improved performance from Ardamir at Doncaster last time and he is also fancied to go well in a hugely difficult conclusion to the Placepot.

17:30 - Another tricky puzzle to solve with so little form to go on, but New To This Town and First Figaro could be the two to take against the field. New To This Town beat the well-fancied Avenir d'une Vie at Gowran Park last time and can uphold form with that rival here, while First Figaro was a good winner at Galway in August. He was bogged down in heavy ground at Leopardstown on his most recent start, but with the quicker surface here likely to be in his favour, he is not discounted in his bid to improve his trainer's good record at the Festival.

Recommended bets:

Back No More Heroes in the 14:10 at Cheltenham
Back Diego du Charmil in the 16:50 at Cheltenham

Placepot permutation:
13:30 - 10
14:10 - 4
14:50 - 6, 18
15:30 - 2, 10
16:10 - 7, 9
16:50 - 14, 18
= 16 lines

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