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Paul Nicholls Day 3 Cheltenham Runners: Ginny's Destiny will love testing conditions

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Paul has five runners on day three of the Cheltenham Festival

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls has some good chances among his five runners on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, none more so than with Ginny Destiny in the Turners Novices' Chase...


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13:30 - Ginny's Destiny

All the rain at Cheltenham will help Ginny's Destiny who relishes testing conditions. New to us this season he has made phenomenal improvement since his first run over fences in October. We really fancied him last time under top weight when he did what Stage Star did in the same race a year ago. He has won his last three races at this track and I can't wait to run him.

14:10 - Monmiral

He hasn't achieved what we hoped over fences so he was back over hurdles last time at Chepstow where he qualified for this final. I'm trying blinkers on him first time which should help sharpen him up a bit. He will handle the conditions and has a sporting each-way chance.

14:50 - Stage Star

He was a star for us last season, winning the Turners at the Festival. He has progressed again, landing the Paddy Power Gold Cup under top weight in November and I blame myself for running him again on New Year's Day on heavy ground when he didn't shine.

I've freshened him up since then, he looks great in his coat and Cheltenham suits his style of running. Stage Star has a brilliant record first time out and this will seem almost like his first start after a nice break. I'm hoping the ground will have dried up a fair bit for him by Thursday.

14:50 - Hitman

Good to soft ground would be ideal for both of mine in the Ryanair as neither of them want extreme conditions. Hitman had his issues last season but still finished a close third in this race 12 months ago. He had a wind op in the summer and I was thrilled with his latest run over three miles at Newbury where he cruised into contention before tiring late on. He is spot on now, in a really good place at the moment which wasn't the case a year ago.

16:10 - Il Ridoto

You can put a line through his last run at Kempton where he didn't like racing right handed. He will be much happier back at Cheltenham where he regularly runs very well in these valuable handicaps over this trip. He isn't getting any relief from the handicapper so it makes sense to use the 5lbs claim of Freddie Gingell who is riding so well.


Timeform's view on Paul Nicholls' best chance on Thursday

Stage Star - 14:50 Cheltenham

Paul Nicholls has two of his best chances all week among his five runners on Thursday with little to choose between Ginny's Destiny in the Turners Novices' Chase and Stage Star in the Ryanair Chase.

Both horses have particularly good course records and are the last two winners of the Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase run at Cheltenham's Trials Day in January.

However, Ginny's Destiny might struggle to confirm placings with Grey Dawning from earlier in the season with Dan Skelton's novice better off at the weights this time.

On the other hand Stage Star, who won the Turners himself twelve months ago with a typically bold round of jumping from the front, may well be able to see off an Irish challenge headed by last year's winner Envoi Allen in the Ryanair.

He won the Paddy Power Gold Cup under 11-7 in November and can bounce back from a run that was too bad to be true when back here on New Year's Day.


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