2023 Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

Time Race Tip Place Bet
13:30
Turners Novices Chase
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Galopin Des Champs Place Bet
14:10
 Pertemps Network Final Hurdle
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Sire Du Berlais Place Bet
14:50
 Ryanair Chase
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Allaho Place Bet
15:30
Stayers’ Hurdle
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Thyme Hill Place Bet
16:10
Plate Handicap Chase
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Celebre D’Allen Place Bet
16:50
Mares’ Novice Hurdle
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Impervious Place Bet
17:30
Kim Muir Chase
Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Come On Teddy Place Bet
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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 2023

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.

TIME RACE DISTANCE PREVIEW
13:30 Turners Novices Chase Tips 2m 5f Race Preview
14:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle Tips 3m Hurdle Race Preview
14:50 Ryanair Chase Tips 2m 5f Race Preview
15:30 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips 3m Race Preview
16:10 Paddy Power Plate Chase Tips 2m 5f Race Preview
16:50 Mares’ Novice Hurdle Tips 2m 2f Race Preview
17:30 Kim Muir Chase Tips 3m 1 1/2f Race Preview

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’ twelfth renewal at the 2023 Festival, the classy Grade One has been a favourite of the Irish trainers with only Philip Hobbs and last year’s winner Nicky Henderson 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 five of the last six renewals heading back across the Irish Sea; while the Stayers’ Hurdle will settle the score of who is the champion staying hurdler and Klassical Dream will surely be amongst the most popular Cheltenham Thursday tips to regain his crown.

Further handicap action follows with the Paddy Power 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 win it for the sixth time from it’s seven renewals, 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.

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Cheltenham Thursday Feature Races

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.

14:50 Ryanair Chase – (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f

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 five of the last six 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 it happen again with last year’s convincing winner Allaho sure to make a bold bid to regain his crown.

5 key trends to consider

  • 8/8 winners either ‘made all’ or ‘tracked leaders’.
  • 12/12 winners rated 161+.
  • 10/10 winners aged 7-9.
  • 8/8 winners were French bred.
  • 5/6 winners were Irish trained.

15:30 Stayers’ Hurdle – (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m

Known by a number of names in the past, the Stayers’ Hurdle is the ‘Championship’ race amongst the Cheltenham day 3 races line-up and brings together the best staying hurdlers from the UK, Ireland and Europe to compete for top honours 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 Flooring Porter up against some tough new challengers, notably Klassical Dream who will no doubt prove popular on many peoples’ Cheltenham Thursday tips.

5 key trends to consider

  • 20/20 winners had previously won a Grade 2 race.
  • 11/12 winners had run at least once at Cheltenham before.
  • 7/8 winners aged 6-7.
  • 16/18 winners finished first or second last time out.
  • 7/8 winners were second season hurdlers.
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Other Races On Day Three

13:30 Turner Novices’ Chase – (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4f

A superb start to day three. Set to feature Henry De Bromhead’s Bob Olinger, who is sure to be in plenty of punters ante-post acca’s!

5 key trends to consider

  • 9/9 winners had at least two starts in the season.
  • 9/9 winners were aged 6 or 7.
  • 9/11 winners raced within 54 days of the race.
  • 6/7 winners no bigger than 4/1.
  • 8/11 winners were Irish trained.

14:10 Pertemps Network Final Hurdle – (Listed) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

A race the Irish have dominated in recent years. Can the Brits gain a long overdue win in the race?

5 key trends to consider

  • 12/12 winners had at least six previous runs over hurdles.
  • 6/6 winners were Irish trained.
  • 6/6 winners wore tongue ties.
  • 9/10 winners aged between 6-8.
  • 9/11 winners rated 138+.

16:10 Paddy Power Plate Chase – (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f

In recent years it has paid to look towards the head of the betting for the winner, with three of the last four renewals seeing the favourite triumph. Will we see a similar outcome this year?

5 key trends to consider

  • 10/10 winners aged 6-9.
  • 7/7 winners had won already that season.
  • 10/12 winners had not won a Graded race previously.
  • 8/8 winners had no more than 8 chase runs.
  • 4/6 winners were Irish trained.

16:50 Mares Novices’ Hurdle – (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m1f

Henry De Bromhead spoiled the Willie Mullins party in this race last year with Telmesomethinggirl – can Willie Mullins regain his crown or could a British horse win this race for the first time?

5 key trends to consider

  • 5/6 winners were trained by Willie Mullins
  • 4/6 winners carried 11st 7lbs.
  • 4/6 winners aged 5.
  • First three winners of this race were favourites – no winning favourite since.
  • Last three winners all finished third on their previous race – two of those were in the Mares Handicap at Dublin Racing Festival.

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m2f

A race where it can pay to side with the better of the amateur jockeys – the rides of Derek O’Connor and Jamie Codd and are usually fairly short in the betting for a good reason!

5 key trends to consider

  • 11/12 winners had run at least times over fences.
  • 17/17 had run at least twice that season.
  • 6/7 winners went off at single-figure odds.
  • 16/17 winners aged 7-9.
  • 5/8 winners were Irish trained.
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Cheltenham Day 3 Betting Tips

The opening contest on the Cheltenham day 3 races line-up, Henry De Bromhead’s Bob Olinger 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 having won the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last year, can anyone stop him landing further Festival glory this year?

The second race, the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle looks another hugely competitive renewal; where the 2019 + 2020 winner Sire Du Berlais could become the joint most successful horse in the race by winning it for a third time

The Stayers’ Hurdle looks set to be a cracker of a race with the likes of Klassical Dream, Flooring Porter and Champ vying for the crown of the best staying hurdler. Punters could find it difficult to split them when it comes to deciding on their Cheltenham Festival day 3 betting tips.

In the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, Willie Mullins will be hoping to regain the Grade Two prize after losing out to Henry De Bromhead last year.  His latest star mare Allegorie De Vassy is the ante-post market leader following her recent impressive Fairyhouse victory on New Year’s Day.

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!

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Other days at Cheltenham Festival

Why not check out our tips for the other days at Cheltenham Festival 2023? You can see each days tips here: