2021 Cheltenham Festival – Cheltenham tips on day three of the Festival
Cheltenham tips on day three – Best bets on Ryanair Chase day
We enter the third day of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and there’s plenty more top-class horse racing action to look forward to on day three of the ‘greatest show on turf’. We’ve looked over another classy afternoon of racing action to pick out our Cheltenham tips on day three of the Festival.
Two fantastic days of the Cheltenham Festival are already behind us, but we still have two to go and the day three racecard promises to be another cracking spectacle with three more Grade One races taking place including the feature Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle in addition to the curtain-raising Marsh Novices’ Chase.
The best of the day’s action will again be featured on ITV Racing as the ‘greatest show on turf’ continues and we’ve looked over another classy racecard to pick out our Cheltenham tips on day three of the Festival. (Prices correct at time of publication).
2021 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL – CHELTENHAM TIPS ON DAY THREE OF THE FESTIVAL
1:20 Cheltenham – Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (Registered as The Golden Miller) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4f
Perhaps the banker of the entire meeting for many, ENVOI ALLEN looks very hard to go against in the day three opener and the unbeaten Muhtathir gelding should take all the beating.
He’s already won twice at the Cheltenham Festival, taking the 2019 Champion Bumper and adding the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle to his tally twelve months ago before switching to chasing this season where he’s 3-3 in starts and his winning run now stands at a perfect 11 since switching from the point to point ranks where he was also a winner.
Having won easily at Down Royal on his chase debut he ran out a facile victor over Assemble at Fairyhouse in the Drinmore Novices’ Chase and added the Killiney Novice Chase to his win record when last seen in January.
There’s surely more to come from him and having since moved from Gordon Elliott to Henry De Bromhead further improvement is anticipated and he ought to prove a very tough nut to crack in this contest despite some useful opposition lining up against him.
1:55 Cheltenham – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
Hugely competitive fare for the second race of day three of the Cheltenham Festival and it could pay to take a chance on STORM ARISING who could still prove to be well-treated despite a 4lbs rise for his latest Exeter win.
Paul Nicholls’ Yeats gelding is 2-3 for the campaign since stepping up to three miles with victories at Lingfield and Chepstow latterly with a very good runner-up effort sandwiched inbetween when just beaten by Portrush Ted at Sandown in December.
His latest win saw him beat Ask Dillon by just over one length, appearing to do the job a shade readily and a 4lbs rise for that might underestimate him given he’s unexposed at this trip and 2-2 under Bryony Frost who takes the reins again.
On form he probably needs to find a shade more improvement which isn’t outside the realms of possibility and if he’s not inconvenienced by this big-field scenario then he could run well at a big price.
2:30 Cheltenham – Ryanair Chase (Registered as The Festival Trophy) (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
Plenty in with solid claims in the day’s joint-feature and it might be worth siding with SAMCRO to bounce back to form returned to this venue.
Denise Foster’s charge is 2-2 in his Cheltenham Festival runs, winning the 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle although things didn’t go to plan for him subsequently over hurdles and he was winless the following campaign from three runs.
His form over fences last term was somewhat patchy, winning his debut at Down Royal before falling next time at Fairyhouse and being outgunned in heavy ground by the ageless Faugheen in a Limerick Grade One contest. However be bounced back to winning form here in last season’s Marsh Novices’ Chase, finishing strongly to deny Melon by a nose although he’s been below par on both his runs this term and possibly didn’t see out the three miles of the Savills Chase when last seen.
He returns fresh from a break with better ground this time and a return to this venue might well spark him back into life given his record here, while he’s also proved he can run well fresh and his win here twelve months ago came on the back of a similar break.
This is a strong renewal of the Ryanair Chase but if he comes back to his best then he ought to make his presence felt and the Germany gelding can go close.
3:05 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
With Roksana having gone to the earlier Mares’ Hurdle and Thyme Hill having been taken out through injury the way appears clear for Paisley Park to regain the crown he won two years ago but relinquished last season in disappointing circumstances.
He could be hard to beat if at his best following a break but at a big price a chance is taken on BEACON EDGE to continue his improvement and Noel Meade’s charge could turn in a huge performance with this stiffer test sure to suit.
The Doyen gelding has proven progressive over hurdles since his debut win back in October 2019 and he’s 3-5 this term, scoring wins at Down Patrick and Galway prior to finishing less than one length third to Honeysuckle in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.
Following a break he was dropped to a trip far too short for him where he was beaten six lengths by Bachasson; but back at a more suitable trip he appeared to need every yard of the 2m 5f trip in the heavy ground when gunning down Fury Road late on in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month.
This step up to three miles and the stiff finish could well unlock another level of improvement in the Gigginstown raider who could progress and drying ground will prove no issue having won on good ground in the past. He could post a big performance at an each-way price and he can get involved here in a race which looks pretty open for the places.
3:40 – Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
The Shunter is going from strength to strength over both sets of obstacles but he had a hard race over hurdles just 12 days ago and a further 5lbs rise back over fences might halt his progress.
FARCLAS could be worth chancing having done little wrong this term in some competitive handicaps following a lengthy absence and Denise Foster’s charge could go close.
The Jukebox Jury gelding won the 2018 Triumph Hurdle but failed to match that level of form the following season and pulled up back here in the Coral Cup before switching to chasing where he won each of his first three starts prior to a lengthy absence.
He returned with a very good fifth to Daly Tiger at Punchestown – a run which may have been needed – and built on the effort to finish third over three miles in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. He stepped up again on that to finish fourth in another competitive handicap back there latest over a similar trip to this and that form looks solid with the fifth horse winning the Leinster National since.
Still with scope from this mark he can give a good account in this competitive contest and still relatively unexposed as a chaser he can make his presence felt.
4:15 Cheltenham – Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered as The Dawn Run) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m1f
Plenty of chances in an open renewal of this Grade Two contest and it could be worth chancing TELMESOMETHINGGIRL who was possibly bogged down in heavy ground when finishing third at Leopardstown when last seen out and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can bounce back.
The Stowaway mare had been steadily progressive over hurdles prior to that defeat, winning three of her four starts over the summer on better ground including at this trip when romping to a wide margin victory over Moll Dote at Roscommon.
She had Darrens Hope behind when scoring her last win at Listowel in September over a longer trip and his subsequent third came on the back of a near-five months’ absence so it might just have been needed in the conditions.
Better ground will help and the strong pace will help offset the drop in trip; but she’s shown speed enough to suggest she’ll cope with the shorter distance and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her in the mix.
4:50 Cheltenham – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Sponsored by the JRL Group) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 3m2f
A wide open finale and DEISE ABA gets the vote to give Philip Hobbs a Festival winner and the Mahler gelding bounced back to winning form at Sandown in February when beating Coo Star Sivola by four lengths.
A dual-winner last term, scoring wins at Catterick and Sandown he finished fifth in this contest twelve months ago off this mark but his first couple of runs this term weren’t up to snuff as he pulled up both times including the Welsh Grand National Trial and he was given a break after that run before returning to action back at Sandown last month.
Sporting first-time cheekpieces in that last run he ran out a comfortable winner having made all the running, finding plenty once headed to battle back for a ready success and he can give a good account back here with the underfoot conditions no issue.
Beaten nine lengths last term in this contest he can better that finishing position this time around with Richard Johnson in the saddle and if the cheekpieces have the same positive effect he can go close here.