Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

Time Race Our Tip Our Tip
13.20 Marsh Novice Chase
Envoi Allen 13.20–Marsh Novice Chase
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13.55 Pertemps Final
Champagne Platinum 13.55–Pertemps Final
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14.30 Ryanair Chase
Imperial Aura 14.30–Ryanair Chase
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15.05 Stayers Hurdle
Flooring Porter 15.05–Stayers Hurdle
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15.40 Paddy Power Plate Chase
Fils D'Oudairies 15.40–Paddy Power Plate Chase
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16.15 Mares Novice Hurdle
Hook Up 16.15–Mares Novice Hurdle
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16.50 Kim Muir Chase
Mount Ida 16.50–Kim Muir Chase
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Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

We enter the third day of the Festival and the line-up of Cheltenham day 3 races promises to be another unmissable afternoon with a number of Grade One contests on the agenda including both the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle.

As with previous days of the Festival our expert tipsters will bring readers and punters their Cheltenham Festival day 3 tips for every race through the card from the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase through to the closing Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase.

If you haven’t already, make sure to take advantage of our tips for Champions Day and Ladies Day before deciding your day 3 bets

Cheltenham Day 3 Races

The line-up for Cheltenham day 3 races sees seven classy contests heading to post from its’ usual starting time of 1.30pm with the Marsh Novices’ Chase and closing at 5.30pm with the day three finale, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.

13:20 Marsh Novice Chase Tips 2m 5f Chase
13:55 Pertemps Final Tips 3m Hurdle Hurdle
14:30 Ryanair Chase Tips 2m 5f Chase
15:05 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips 3m Hurdle
15:40 Paddy Power Plate Chase Tips 2m 5f Chase
16:15 Mares’ Novice Hurdle Tips 2m 2f Hurdle
16:50 Kim Muir Chase Tips 3m 1 1/2f Chase

For the third day in a row the famous Cheltenham roar will reverberate around Cleeve Hill and the Cotswolds in unison with ‘tapes up’ on the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase.

A relatively new contest on the Festival agenda and having its’ eleventh renewal at the 2021 Festival, the classy Grade One has been a favourite of the Irish trainers with only Philip Hobbs interrupting the dominance of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott in the contest. 

Competitive handicap action follows with the Pertemps Network Final before our attentions are turned to the two feature races on the card with the Grade One duo of the Ryanair Chase and the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.

The Ryanair Chase has been another favourite of Irish-trained runners with four of the last five renewals heading back across the Irish Sea; while the Stayers’ Hurdle will settle the score of who is the champion staying hurdler and Paisley Park will surely be amongst the most popular Cheltenham Thursday tips to regain his crown.

Further handicap action follows with the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate which is always a competitive affair, and that Grade Three handicap contest is backed by Grade Two action with the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle where Willie Mullins will be bidding to continue his dominance of the race having won all five renewals to date since it was first run in 2016.

Closing out the day it is the turn of the amateur riders to take centre-stage in the finale, the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Steeple Chase which despite the long distance of the race is often run at a furious pace.

Our expert tipsters will have their Cheltenham Festival day 3 tips through the card for all seven races.

Cheltenham Thursday Feature Race

The feature races across all four days of the Cheltenham Festival bring together the very best horses to compete for the top prizes, earn bragging rights as champions in their discipline and are often the focal point of many peoples’ day 3 Cheltenham tips.

Unlike previous days of the Festival, there are two Cheltenham Thursday feature race contests for punters to unravel with the Ryanair Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle both amongst the Cheltenham day 3 races and opinion remains divided which of the pair is the dominant race of the day.

15:30 Ryanair Steeplechase

Open to horses aged five and over, the Ryanair Chase is perhaps a consolation race for the Gold Cup and Queen Mother Champion Chase, often featuring horses that may lack the speed for the two miles of the latter while perhaps not quite possessing the stamina to get home over the Gold Cup trip.

It is nonetheless one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival since being introduced to the Festival lineup in 2005. A favourite of Irish trainers judging on past recent winners with four of the last five renewals going to Irish trainers the race has nevertheless been won by several notable names including Min, Frodon, Un De Sceaux and Vautour in recent years; while 2009 winner Imperial Commander went on to Gold Cup success the following year.

Only one horse to date has won the race twice with Jonjo O’Neill’s Albertas Run performing the feat in 2010 and 2011. Might we see the last two winners of the race, Frodon and Min line up again?

Stayers Hurdle 

Known by a number of names in the past, the Stayers’ Hurdle is the ‘Championship’ race amonst the Cheltenham day 3 races line-up and brings together the best staying hurdlers from the UK, Ireland and Europe to compete for top honors in the staying division.

The Stayers’ Hurdle contest is open to horses aged four and upwards and has featured some big-name winners most notably four-time champion Big Buck’s and triple-winners Inglis Drever and dual-champion Baracouda featuring on an illustrious roll of honour.

This year’s renewal could be a cracker with former champion Paisley Park likely to bid to regain the crown he relinquished twelve months ago and Emma Lavelle’s charge will prove popular on many peoples’ Cheltenham Thursday tips.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Betting Tips

The opening contest on the Cheltenham day 3 races line-up, Gordon Elliott’s Envoi Allen looks every inch a Festival banker and will feature heavily amongst punters’ Cheltenham race tips for Thursday lists.

Already no stranger to Cheltenham Festival success can anything beat the unbeaten star whose perfect streak extends to eleven wins from eleven starts?

The second race, the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle looks another hugely competitive renewal; while 2020 Ryanair Chase winner Min heads the ante-post betting for the 2021 renewal. Will Willie Mullins’ charge mount a defence of his title or will connections be tempted at a crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase with the son of Walk In The Park?

With the scores at one apiece 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park is likely to face off again with young pretender Thyme Hill in the Stayers’ Hurdle feature and punters will be hard pushed to separate the pair when it comes to deciding on their Cheltenham Festival day 3 betting tips.

In the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, Willie Mullins will be hoping to maintain his clean sweep of the Grade Two prize and his Gauloise is the ante-post market leader following her recent impressive Thurles victory.

The closing Kim Muir Challenge Cup meanwhile is sure to prove an open and competitive affair with plenty of chances throughout the field.

The RacingTips team will have their Cheltenham Thursday tips published in good time for every race through the card; be sure to check back often on the run-up to the Cheltenham day three races to find out our selections!

Cheltenham Free Bets For Thursday

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