Rebecca Curtis’ At Fishers Cross will prove to be a world-beater in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2015
With Rebecca Curtis having already notched up a Festival winner, punters should not be surprised if the talented At Fishers Cross can bounce back to form in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. This year’s renewal has no clear superstar and looks open to the 2013 Albert Bartlett winner. In his way will be the improving Saphir Du Rheu and classy Zarkandar for Paul Nicholls, alongside a host of highly regarded Irish raiders. If At Fishers Cross can hold his jumping together he may well provide AP McCoy with his first 2015 Festival victory.
In what looks to be a weaker than usual renewal of the Ryanair, Hidden Cyclone and Ballycasey make interesting betting propositions. Ballycasey runs for Willie Mullins who will hope to continue his excellent Festival form with the grey.
CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – EDEYMI (PERTEMPS 2.05)
Those punters watching Edeymi’s last start will realise why Tony Martin’s hurdler must not be overlooked. An eye-catching fourth made sure that he made many watchers notebooks. In the field at a feather weight expect the plot to be landed.
CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – MONETAIRE E/W (PLATE 4.00)
David Pipe won this race last year with Ballynagour and looks likely to land it again with this Whisper. A good winner at Newbury and weighted to go close in this.
ARCHER’S SELECTION – VAUTOUR (JLT 1.30)
Archer would have remembered Vautour’s impressive Festival win twelve months ago. With his trainer in such great form the shrewd horseman would have fought for the ride.
LUCKY CHANCER – AT FISHERS CROSS E/W (WORLD HURDLE 3.20)
Priced at around 25/1, Rebecca Curtis’ Albert Bartlett is a real Lucky Chancer. The hurdler may not have been in the form of old recently but he did improve this time last season and has the class to be competitive.
Crockford’s Gambles on day three of Cheltenham Festival 2015:
Hidden Cyclone e/w and Ballycasey e/w (Ryanair 2.40), Buywise e/w (Plate 4.00) and Tap Night e/w (Kim Muir 4.40)
(Featured photograph – AP McCoy and At Fishers Cross at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)