After a stunning Wednesday at Cheltenham that brought a trio of winners, Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott is aiming for more Festival success on St. Patrick's Day, here he gives his exclusive thoughts on all of his Thursday runners...
"Shattered Love is a lovely big mare, the consistent Grade 1 winner has had a bit of time to freshen up since Christmas and she is in rude health at home. With her jumping and stamina this is an ideal contest for her and she won’t mind the ground one bit."
Shattered will love the ground
13:30 - Shattered Love - JLT Novices' Chase
Shattered Love is a lovely big mare, the consistent Grade 1 winner has had a bit of time to freshen up since Christmas and she is in rude health at home. With her jumping and stamina this is an ideal contest for her and she won't mind the ground one bit. She ran here last year in the Neptune but she is a different horse this time around mentally and physically and with a bit of luck on her side I'd be expecting a big run from the seven-year-old.
Delta will be suited by Cheltenham test
14:10 - Glenloe / Delta Work - Pertemps Final
Glenloe is a grand sort who I have been happy with this season, he has been nicely consistent and he ran a blinder in a Grade B on his penultimate start at Navan behind a bit of a shock winner in Red Devil who came home at 28/1. He will really enjoy the ground here today and has been in great form at home, obviously the handicaps are very competitive so he will need to put up a career best but I am hopeful of a good run.
Delta Work has been holding his own in Graded races since joining us, we think he's a nice horse who will continue to improve. He's is more than due his day in the sun now after some really good runs and I do think he will be well suited to Cheltenham so I am expecting another consistent run from him under Davy Russell who gets on well with him.
Storyteller aiming for fairytale win
16:10 - The Storyteller - Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
The Storyteller got his chase career off to a great start at Fairyhouse in December coming home almost 5L ahead of stablemate Sutton Manor and has been running well in Graded contests since. You need a lot of luck in these big handicaps but if things fall into place I would expect a very good run from him. His owners love to go to Cheltenham and I would absolutely love to give them another Festival winner, we won the Fred Winter with Flaxen Flare for them in 2013.
Squouateur to go well off 2017 Festival mark
17:30 - Squouateur - Kim Muir Chase
Squouateur was running a blinder in this race last year when unseating Jamie Codd who retains the ride this year. He runs off the same mark this time around so I am hopeful with a bit of luck on his side and a clear round he would hopefully make up for last year and put up a good performance, the ground will suit and he is in very good order at home.
**Best chance of day three: Shattered Love - 13:30 Cheltenham**