Luke Elder’s betting tips: Three tips for a thrilling third day at Cheltenham

Our tipster looks ahead to three races at the Cheltenham Festival including the Pertemps Final, the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle.

Looking to have a punt on Thursday's racing action? Well, look no further as racing expert Luke Elder is back to tell you how to bash the bookies with three selections on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Racing betting tips: Thursday, March 18

Imperial Alcazar in the 1.55 at Cheltenham

Allaho in the 2.30 at Cheltenham

Sire Du Berlais in the 3.05 at Cheltenham

1.55 Cheltenham - Imperial Alcazar

Elder says: "Onto the new course for day three of the Cheltenham Festival. A course which does give us a fair few tough handicaps and not many tougher than the Pertemps Final.

"I do think there's a fairly solid runner in this contest, though, in the form of Imperial Alcazar who was very impressive at Warwick last time around.

"He didn't look to be going anywhere too fast on the turn for home last time around but quickened in fine fashion. I do think that Imperial Alacazar is a fair bit better than we've seen so far, as does the handicapper who put him up eight pounds for that effort.

"I think he's very solid in the Pertemps and is the one to beat for Fergal O'Brien and Paddy Brennan who went close a few years ago in this race with Barney Dwan behind Presenting Percy.

"If you're looking for main dangers, The Bosses Oscar is interesting. Jordan Gainford on board for Denise Foster.

"He'll be taking seven pounds off on what will only be his second festival ride. But, he's been all the rage over in Ireland and I can see why people regard him as the main danger to Imperial Alcazar.

"If you're looking for one at a massive price, the pretty poorly named Storm Goddess is potentially the one for Charlie Longsdon.

"Contrary to her name, she does like ground a little bit faster, that's exactly what we're getting at the Cheltenham Festival this week. And with no more rain due, I think Storm Goddess can run well up in trip once again.

"But for me, it's Imperial Alcazar that will go on to score in the Pertemps final."

2.30 Cheltenham - Allaho

Elder says: "Time for race three on day three of the Cheltenham Festival - the 2.30 is the Ryanair. A race that I absolutely love but some punters have disrespected it in recent years. This year, there will be no disrespect, it is an absolute cracker.

"Everything that entered has been declared for the race which leaves us with the likes of Allaho facing off against Min, Saint CalvadosImperial Aura and Melon, the list goes on and on. It looks an absolute cracker.

"I'm going to take Allaho to score in this contest. She was third in the festival last year in the RSA. Didn't quite stay on that occasion. Subsequently has dropped down in trip.

"He was well beaten back down at two and half miles on his first try there, but he did win beating Ellie May who will be a warm order for the mares chase later on this week. That was at Thurles last time around.

"I think Allaho can take all the beating with everything going in his favour. I think Min could be the main danger.

"He won this race 12 months ago, ran over a shorter trip last time around, made a bad mistake down the backstraight at Leopardstown at the Dublin racing festival.

"I do think he's fair bit better than what we saw on that day even if jumping before that wasn't foot perfect. He can be better though in the Ryanair, defending his crown. I think he'll have to give out second best though to Allaho."

3.05 Cheltenham - Sire Du Berlais

Elder says: "The feature race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers' Hurdle at 3.05.

"A race that was torn apart at the start of last week with Thyme Hill being ruled out of the festival - that makes life easier for everyone else in the race, including Paisley Park who was behind him at the start of this season.

"He did get his revenge though at Ascot last time around. Came from a mile back when hampered on the turn for home. I think Paisley Park can go pretty close.

"Obviously, he has won this race a couple of years ago. Things went horribly wrong for him in it last year behind Lisnagar Oscar. 

"He can go close once again but I think the Irish might land this race with Sire Du Berlais who has won at the last two Cheltenham Festivals. Has been steadily backed for this throughout the course of the year.

"He started off winning over two and a half miles which is far from his optimum trip. He did get beaten over the Christmas period when in the care of Gordon Elliott. Plenty of horses were beaten over the Christams period though and the yard just weren't in that good of form.

"I think Mark Walsh can get a tune of out him and Sire Du Berlais is my pick for the stayers hurdle."