Kevin Blake was in fine form on day three with two bets and two wins and he completes his four-day stretch of each-way tips with a pair to back on Gold Cup day...
"While Santini's preparation this season hasn't been filled with encouragement, one can be certain that Nicky Henderson has been coaxing him along with a view to peaking on Gold Cup day. Crucially, Henderson has decided to apply a first-time visor which should very much help him."
The fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival is upon us. I hope you are all flush with winnings and have enjoyed the week so far. Once again, I will look to pinpoint some each-way value in races that the Betfair Sportsbook are offering enhanced place terms.
Victory samba for Brassil?
The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (13:55) is always a brutally-tough race to decipher, but we'll give it a crack. Martin Brassil has been a bit light on ammunition in recent years, but he showed with City Island that he is more than capable of striking on the big days when he gets his chance. You Raised Me Up represents him in this contest and this could well be the culmination of a long-tern plan.
The eight-year-old has already shown that he is suited by a race of this nature, as when still a maiden over hurdles he went very close to winning the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival last year. A late non-runner in this race the following month, he has won his two starts in lesser company in good style this season and has been delivered to this race off an attractive racing weight.
Conditions will suit and it wouldn't surprise at all to see him run a very big race.With the Betfair Sportsbook paying a mighty seven places, backing him each-way with them makes plenty of appeal.
Santini's stamina could see him feature
The other race of interest is the big one of the entire week, the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup (15:05). It really is an enthralling renewal of the race and strong cases can be made for plenty of them, but I'm siding with the ever-divisive Santini.
The nine-year-old has always appealed as being likely to be ideally suited by the extreme test of stamina this race usually presents. Unfortunately for him, the pace was uncharacteristically sedate in last year's renewal leading to a bunch finish, yet Santini still ran an absolute belter to finish a neck second to Al Boum Photo.
While his preparation this season hasn't been filled with encouragement, one can be certain that Nicky Henderson has been coaxing him along with a view to peaking on Gold Cup day. Crucially, Henderson has decided to apply a first-time visor which should very much help him.
The Betfair Sportsbook are paying four places on the race and Santini represents an appealing each-way proposition on those terms.
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