Cheltenham – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate: Previous Festival winner a contender


CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL fanatic The Voice Of Value (@TheVoiceOfValue) shares his thoughts on the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate, the fifth race on Day 3.

4:10 Cheltenham | Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate | ITV1

I hope that finding a winner is easier than remembering the name of this race.

Astute readers will have noted that I fancied Movewiththetimes (8/1 BetBright) for the Novice Handicap on Tuesday but he has been confirmed here instead.

I think he is really well handicapped and Paul Nicholls and the McManus team must agree because they have pitched him in against the big boys. He's my idea of the winner in a tough race.

I'm also going to be greedy and have a speculative punt on Ballyalton (18/1 BetBright) for Ian Williams.

He's a horse who has served me well over the years and is now on a dangerously low mark for a horse who won at the Festival two years ago.

I accept he isn't progressive at this age but if Williams can get him back to something close to his best he'll go really close and I can't leave him unbanked.

Best Bets

4:10 Cheltenham | Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate – Movewiththetimes (8/1 each-way BetBright)

4:10 Cheltenham | Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate – Ballyalton (18/1 each-way BetBright)

About Author

'The Voice of Value’ column is written by Paul Gallagher who is an amateur tipster with a love for racing and jumps racing in particular. He caught the bug at an early age when his grandfather had a share in a winning chaser and his annual Grand National and Cheltenham guides have been well received over the last few years. Paul also enjoys the flat racing and football.

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