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Tip For Cheltenham’s Pertemps Final: Flemcara Times It Right For Pertemps Final

Flemcara can give trainer Emma Lavelle the perfect start on what is an important day for her stable who are responsible for Stayers’ Hurdle favourite Paisley Park.

FLEMCARA – 20-1 withCoral (nrnb) 2.10pm Cheltenham Thursday 14th March.

FLEMCARA - 20-1 with Coral 20/1 Coral

The third day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is the most important as far as the stable of Emma Lavelle is concerned. Stayers’ Hurdle hot favourite Paisley Park is the great championship hope of the trainer who could make the best possible start to her big day by providing the winner of the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle in the shape of Flemcara who looks to be running into form at just the right time.

Flemcara’s Place In Final Guaranteed

Off a revised mark of 137 following a win in a Pertemps Series Qualifier at Exeter recently, Flemcara’s place in Thursday’s Final is guaranteed among the maximum field of 24 for the three mile contest. The seven-year-old’s previous rating of 133 would have left the son of Flemensfirth on the fringe of making the cut for the race won in 2017 by current Magners Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy.

The gelding reeled off three quick victories in late 2017/early 2018 before running in a couple of valuable handicaps and in finishing eleventh in last year’s Coral Cup at the festival was hardly disgraced. Sent over fences this season, the mount of Pat Cowley never really took to the bigger obstacles in two attempts, causing connections to revert back to a hurdling campaign. After a creditable third place at Sandown and now in the hands of Aidan Coleman, Flemcara justified strong support to beat a strong field of staying handicappers by a comfortable three and a half lengths on his most recent start, a reproduction of which should give the horse an excellent chance of following up at the 20-1 on offer with Ladbrokes and Coral (nrnb) in their Cheltenham Festival betting odds.

Sire Du Berlais The Clear Favourite

The Gordon Elliott-trained Sire Du Berlais, a standout 7-1 with William Hill, has been the subject of sustained support since the weights were announced last week. The JP McManus-owned gelding, fourth in last year’s Martin Pipe, looks to have been trained with this race in mind for some time. A never-nearer sixth in a big field handicap at Leopardstown over Christmas, the likely mount of Davy Russell who has won the last three renewals, has the look of a potential gamble on the day and could well be worth a saver.