Timeform Shortlist: Cheltenham, Wednesday March 16

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Timeform's free Shortlist for Wednesday comes from day two of the Cheltenham Festival...

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1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Baring Bingham) (Grade 1) (1) 2m5f26y

Timeform Top Rated:
172p 10. YANWORTH Alan King Barry Geraghty
167P 11. YORKHILL W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
163p 1. A TOI PHIL W. P. Mullins B. J. Cooper

Analyst's Verdict:
Yanworth sets a high standard on his most impressive win on Festival Trials Day here at the end of January and is definitely the one to beat, though Yorkhill looks a top prospect in his own right and should be up to giving Alan King's charge something to think about. O O Seven wasn't far behind Yorkhill in the Tolworth and represents a bit of each-way value.


2.10 RSA Chase (Grade 1) (1) 3m80y

Timeform Top Rated:
172p 4. NO MORE HEROES Gordon Elliott B. J. Cooper
171P 3. MORE OF THAT Jonjo O'Neill Barry Geraghty
167p 6. SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT Sandy Thomson Brian Hughes

Analyst's Verdict:
No More Heroes looks one of the most exciting young chasers around, his form stacking up, and he can land the spoils. Seeyouatmidnight will have crept under a lot of radars and the northern raider holds outstanding place claims, while More of That, the 2014 World Hurdle winner and unbeaten in 4 runs at Cheltenham, clearly has to be respected.


2.50 Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) (1) 2m5f26y

Timeform Top Rated:
172 9. BLOOD COTIL W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
171 6. ARBRE DE VIE W. P. Mullins David Mullins (3)
170 23. THE ROMFORD PELE Rebecca Curtis Leighton Aspell

Analyst's Verdict:
Last year's Albert Bartlett fourth Arbre de Vie heads a quartet of strong contenders from the Willie Mullins yard (the stable has yet to win the race) and he gets the nod over stablemate Avant Tout. Politologue, Rock The Kasbah, Blood Cotil and Baoulet Delaroque make up the shortlist.


3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) (1) 1m7f199y

Timeform Top Rated:
191p 10. UN DE SCEAUX W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
182 9. SPRINTER SACRE Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville
179 5. SIRE DE GRUGY Gary Moore Jamie Moore

Analyst's Verdict:
With a clean round of jumping Un de Sceaux can land the odds and give Willie Mullins a first victory in this contest. Stablemate Felix Yonger is a really consistent and likeable performer and can give his trainer a 1-2 ahead of the last 3 winners of the race, Sprinter Sacre, Sire de Grugy and Dodging Bullets.


4.10 Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country) (2) 3¾m37y

Timeform Top Rated:
171p 7. JOSIES ORDERS Enda Bolger Miss N. Carberry
168§ 13. THIRD INTENTION Colin Tizzard Tom O'Brien
165 3. BALTHAZAR KING Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson

Analyst's Verdict:
The first time this has been run as a non-handicap. Josies Orders looked yet another top cross-country performer for his yard when winning twice over C&D before Christmas and should take a bit of stopping under Nina Carberry. Balthazar King has won 5 of 6 completed starts over C&D so is much respected despite not being seen since his fall in the National. Sire Collonges completes the shortlist.


4.50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (1) 2m87y

Timeform Top Rated:
155p 12. JALEO John Ferguson Aidan Coleman
151 21. DUKE STREET Dr Richard Newland Will Kennedy
150p 2. CAMPEADOR Gordon Elliott Barry Geraghty

Analyst's Verdict:
Jaleo very much caught the eye when tearing 11 lengths clear of the consistent Our Thomas at Catterick last time, and the feeling is that his opening mark could well underestimate him. Diego du Charmil has been all the rage in the ante-post betting in the lead up to this race, and he could be anything, while it would come as no surprise were Campeador and Voix du Reve capable of much better.


5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Standard Open National Hunt Flat) (Grade 1) (1) 2m87y

Timeform Top Rated:
140p 24. AUGUSTA KATE W. P. Mullins P. Townend
137 12. HIGH BRIDGE John Ferguson Aidan Coleman
137 3. BALLYANDY Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies

Analyst's Verdict:
Augusta Kate can give Willie Mullins a momentous ninth win in this contest and become the third mare to land the prize. Ballyandy has done little wrong so far and looks a big player, while Compadre could go well at a bigger price.


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