Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Preview

Last Updated: 15/03/21

Written By: Michael Grahamslaw

Cheltenham Day 3 Betting Tips

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival is packed full of top-class races, and we’re expecting some of the best chasers in the business take to the track in the Stayers Hurdle, but with a full day of fantastic racing ahead on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, we find that this is a day that can significantly make or break our bettors chances of defeating the odds at Cheltenham. With some of the most unpredictable races on turf featuring on this day.

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Day Three at the Cheltenham Festival

Hopefully, the Irish won’t have too many hangovers after St Patrick’s Day to impact their performance at day three of the Cheltenham Festival. If Irish eyes are shining down on punters, they’ll be celebrating all week! Three main events grace the racecard on day 3, and our tipster has given their verdict on the top Cheltenham Tips.

Cheltenham Day Three Tips 2021: Marsh Novices Chase Betting Tips

The Marsh Novices Chase opens the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. This is the race where we’ll most miss the Cheltenham roar as it’s the first race on the new course. Days one and two are contested on the old course, so the complexion of the festival completely changes on day three. It’s a chance for the jockeys to get the feel of some fresh ground before the bigger races later on in the day. A relatively new race in terms of Cheltenham Festival history, it's contested over 2 and a half miles with horses needing to safely make their way over 17 fences before battling it out up the run-in.

Most definitely a race for horses who don’t have the stamina to run in the RSA Chase, but are just that little bit too quick for the Arkle, it throws up some interesting facts for punters looking to use stats to help choose their bets. With the biggest in our opinion being that the last 10 winners have run at Cheltenham at least once, which puts the likes of Envoi Allen, Chantry House, and Shan Blue firmly in contention.

It’s also a race where previous graded companies will come to the forefront with 71% of winners running in Grade 1 or Grade 2 races last time out. But perhaps the most interesting factoid for this race is that 9 of the last 10 winners have gone off no bigger than 7/1. Now while that might not seem the most appropriate thing to follow with the current ante-post odds, as we get closer to race day, it’s something that many favourite backers will be paying close attention to.

Marsh Novices Chase Betting Odds

Horse Trainer Odds
Envoi Allen Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 4/6
Shan Blue Dan Skelton 6/1
Chantry House Nicky Henderson 7/1
Chatham Street Lad Michael Winters 11/1
Fusil Raffles Nicky Henderson 12/1
Latest Exhibition Paul Nolan, Ireland 12/1

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Cheltenham Day Three Tips 2021: Ryanair Chase

The second Grade One of Day 3 at Cheltenham is the Ryanair Chase, and just like the Marsh Novice’s chase it’s still a relatively new fixture having only been added to the racing schedule back in 2005, when a fourth day was added to the Festival. Initially a Grade 2 race, it was awarded Grade 1 status back in 2008, and since then has provided us with some epic contests, including the first-ever female jockey to win a race at the Cheltenham Festival.

We can’t talk about this race and not mention Bryony Frost and Frodon who went on to win the 2019 renewal in emphatic fashion for trainer Paul Nicholls priced at 9/2. But this race is also used as a stepping block for horses looking to go to the Gold Cup and wanting to gain more experience over the timber fences of the new course. Last year this race was won by Paul Townend and Min who you can currently find at 6/1. However, after pulling up at Leopardstown last month, he presents more of a risk than most for Ante Post bettors.

In terms of the betting this time around, Chacun Pour Soi is once again high in the market after dominating the previously mentioned race in Leopardstown and is poised to make their Cheltenham debut. priced at 4/1 and given the fact that Paul Townend will probably partner him around the course after winning on Min last year. He is also one of just seven horses who have previously picked up a winner with the same jockey on board. The going also has a big part to play within this race as 75% of previous winners have picked up their victory in similar conditions so if the going remains soft at Cheltenham, it could bode well for Allaho.

Further down the betting, you can also find the Willie Mullins wildcard horse Cilaos Emery, a horse which has all the potential to win any race and has finished in the top three in all but one race since 2017. Making the 25/1 an ideal choice for an each-way bet. Mind, the only race where she finished outside of the top 3 was in the Champion Hurdle last year when she was bested by Epatante, Sharjah and Darver Star.

Horse Trainer Odds
Allaho W. P. Mullins, Ireland 9/2
Imperial Aura Kim Bailey 11/2
Min W. P. Mullins, Ireland 6/1
Melon W. P. Mullins, Ireland 6/1
Mister Fisher Nicky Henderson 7/1
Fakir D'Oudairies Paul Nolan, Ireland 8/1
Saint Calvados W. P. Mullins, Ireland 8/1

Back Chacun Pour Soi - 4/1

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Cheltenham Day Three Tips 2021: Stayers’ Hurdle

The final Grade One race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers Hurdle. Formerly known as the World Hurdle, three miles of turf and 12 hurdles stand in the way of the horses which take to the track for the chance to put their name in the Festival history books. Normally ran at a decent gallop, it takes stamina as well as skillful jumping to be successful here, so it often requires a unique type of horse.

One of the oldest races at the Festival, with its first run happening back in 1912, since 2003 it’s seen winners such as Inglis Drever, Cole Harden, Thistlecrack and of course the unstoppable Big Bucks, who won this race in four consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2012. It can be quite a tough race to judge, especially given the specialist skills needed to be successful here, but our tipster has scoured the card and their stats book to give you an early insight and some potentially winning Cheltenham Tips.

In terms of preparations races for the Stayers Hurdle, 81% of previous winners have finished in the top two places during their last three starts which is the perfect stat for Emma Lavelle-trained Paisley Park who will be looking to reclaim their trophy after a stumble saw them finish 7th last year; however Priced at 15/8, they are this year's favourite. They were beaten by Thyme Hill, who is unable to race this year.

For those punters looking to where they’re likely to see the potential runners for this races, 68% of winners were also victorious in Graded company last time out, so that could be another starting point, especially as Flooring Porter won their last race.

Horse Trainer Odds
Paisley Park Emma Lavelle 15/8
Sire Du Berlais Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland 4/1
Flooring Porter Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland 7/1
The Storyteller Henry De Bromhead 8/1
Vinndication Kim Bailey 8/1
Lisnagar Oscar Rebecca Curtis 9/1

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With only one day left of the Festival which includes the pinnacle race of the entire event, The Gold Cup, punters can look forward to our tipsters full preview. If you’d like to plan for the first two days of the festival then why not read our Cheltenham Day One Preview and Cheltenham Day Two Preview.

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