Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips – Day 3 – St Patrick’s Thursday
Will it be a case of the luck of the Irish on St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham?
Here are our Cheltenham Festival betting tips for the third day of the festival…
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Cheltenham Festival Stayers’ Hurdle Betting Tips
The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle (15:30) is shaping up to be an all-time classic with Penhill’s absence opening the door for several contenders to make their mark in the day’s feature race.
Paisley Park could capitalise after recently winning the Cleeve Hurdle around this turf and has claimed four wins from four since October. However, if he falters 2015 Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen could add to his Cheltenham collection and make amends for his recent fall in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Could Black Op enjoy a successful mission around the New Course? He ran well to take third in the Cleeve Hurdle behind Paisley Park and West Approach and could flourish on soft ground. Finally, on a week of windy weather, don’t rule out Kilberecken Storm making his presence felt, with the seven-year-old impressive in taking last year’s Albert Bartlett.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips –
Day 3 Racecard
JLT Novices’ Chase (13:30)
Defi Du Seuil could bring a decisive touch of class to the day’s opening race after a stylish win in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown in February. Defi won here as a four-year-old in the Triumph Hurdle in 2017 and looks primed to taste the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ again two years on.
Colin Tizzard will be hoping things aren’t Lostintranslation with his seven-year-old arguably Defi’s closest contender in the race. The two rivals have taken a victory apiece in 1-2 finishes in recent races at Sandown and Cheltenham – will it be a similar story this Thursday?
If they show any sign of nerves, back Real Steel to keep a calm head. Willie Mullins looks to be hitting form at just the right moment after consecutive wins at Fairyhouse and Thurles.
Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (14:10)
First Assignment will be hoping it’s ‘mission accomplished’ by the end of the Pertemps Network Final (14:10) as he looks to add to his recent winning streak in the South West after two wins at Cheltenham last autumn.
Could he be silenced by the impressive Sire Du Berlais? The Gordon Elliott-trained charge has long been primed for this race and looks in great shape to taste a maiden festival victory.
Sire only finished sixth in his last outing at Leopardstown over Christmas in a race won by Cuneo. He could cause a stir over the same distance at Cheltenham.
Ryanair Chase (14:50)
Can Monalee put a marker down in the Ryanair Chase (14:50)?
He’s just one of several contenders in an open-looking field and comfortably brushed off Anibale Fly at Gowran Park in February to take the Red Mills Chase. A runner-up to Presenting Percy in last year’s RSA Chase, could he finally secure some festival glory at Prestbury Park?
If he falls short, 2018 Arkle winner Footpad will be eager to add to his Cheltenham haul but needs to get back in the winning habit after a second-place finish at Leopardstown in December and a fall at the last at Naas.
Could Balko Des Flos add further gloss to his trophy cabinet? Only one horse has managed to defend their title in this one – Albertas Run in 2010 and 2011 – and recent form suggests a repeat performance of his victory last year is unlikely, but his chances can’t be wholly discounted.
Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (16:10)
Siruh Du Lac will be looking to strike it lucky in the Brown Advisory Plate & Merribelle Stakes (16:10) after a win at Cheltenham back in January but could be stopped in his tracks by the lively Janika, but the six-year-old’s best performances to date have come on heavy ground which could dent his chances.
That potentially opens the door for Spiritofthegames to snatch victory after a spirited run to take third in the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase in January.
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (16:50)
Could Posh Trish forget her manners by blowing away the opposition in the Mares’ Hurdle? Paul Nicholls’ talented six-year old is unbeaten in four of her last five starts but could face an epic battle of wills against Epatante. A classy run at Exeter in February where she cruised to victory could put her in pole position.
Finally, could Queenohearts have an ace up her sleeve? A strong showing at Sandown to take the Jane Seymour in February could make her an interesting each-way option.
Kim Muir Challenge Cup (17:30)
Finally, Thursday’s racing is rounded off with the Kim Muir Challenge Cup (17:30). Its All Guesswork picking a likely winner in this one, but the seven-year-old looks in good shape to lead the field and sign off St Patrick’s Thursday in style.
Expect Measureofmydreams to mount a strong challenge after an impressive comeback run to take third at Fairyhouse last month. He looks to be Gordon Elliott’s best chance of securing a win late on St Patrick’s Thursday.
Finally, Sky Pirate was an unlucky faller two out at Cheltenham back in October and could be in the running for a surprise win here. Could he serve up a swashbuckling finish to Thursday’s racing?
Who will you be backing on the third day of the festival?
Some horses are entered for more than one race; line-ups may be subject to change