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When is Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival 2020?

Cheltenham Day 3 TipsDay three of the Cheltenham Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, or St Paddy’s, as it’s also known is on Thursday 18th March 2021

Racing gets underway at 1.30pm with the Marsh Novices Chase.  The feature race of the day is the Ryanair Chase at 2.50pm though there will also be a lot of excitement for the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle at 3.30pm.  We finish day 4 off with the usual Kim Muir Challenge Cup at 5.30pm.

Cheltenham Festival Thursday is usually a typically Irish affair with the Guinness Village being a star attraction, as well as live music around the course throughout the day, of course this year will be a lot different, but we're hopeful that the broadcaster's will bring us some of the Irish Spirit to ITV Races.

Our Cheltenham Day 3 tips…

ENVOI ALLEN 13:20 Cheltenham 4/9 – The unbeaten ENVOI ALLEN has been aimed at this all season and has frightened any serious opposition.
DANDY MAG 13:55 Cheltenham 20/1 – Won well at Leopardstown in December and not given a hard time when well beaten there subsequently. Has winning form on going that is the good side of soft and a big run is expected. The favourite IMPERIAL ALCAZAR looks thrown in and if we had had rain would have been nailed on.
MIN 14:30 Cheltenham 9/2 – Now on his fifth Cheltenham Festival and after finishing behind ALTIOR in the first three he finally got home in front in this race last year. With a similar preparation to last year he won this third John Durkan Chase at Punchestown in December before a bad mistake scuppered his chances at Leopardstown. With doubts about ALLAHO being good enough to land a Grade 1 it could be FAKIR D'OUDARIES who follows him home.
PAISLEY PARK 15:05 Cheltenham 2/1 – With THYME HILL injured serious contenders in this race are now thin on the ground. Won this in 2019 and reportedly lost 2 shoes when disappointing last year, back at his best at Ascot when nailing THYME HILL on the line, it is a shame we wont get to see a rematch today.
SMARTY WILD 15:40 Cheltenham 50/1 each way – Very consistent this season and there are no concerns about the drying ground. Expected to be staying on past tired horses in the closing stages. A massive each way chance off big odds.
HOOK UP 16:15 Cheltenham 7/1 each way – Now in its sixth year Willie Mullins has won all 5 renewals of this race. He has a strong hand again today and HOOK UP is marginally preferred. Of the non-Mullins contenders ROYAL KAHALA and ROSEYS HOLLOW have to be respected.
HOLD THE NOTE 16:50 Cheltenham 8/1 each way – A tricky finale to day 3. HOLD THE NOTE ran well at last years festival off 5lb higher. All of is best chase form is on good to soft or good including a close second at Newbury on latest run.

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As these articles are written in advance of the Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to St Patricks Thursday. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 3. 

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How did we do?

Well we spoke too soon, both Day 1 and Day 2 were really good for us, today the wheel fell off.  We go again on Gold Cup Day.

1.20pm – ENVOI ALLEN – chased leaders, fell 4th 🙁

1.55pm – DANDY MAG – held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders before last, never going pace to reach leaders, no extra towards finish, 7th place.

2.30pm – MIN – led until 2nd, chased winner until after 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out

3.05pm – PAISLEY PARK –  held up towards rear, headway out wide before 2 out, ridden chasing leaders between last 2, outpaced before last, kept on well run-in, went 3rd towards finish.

3.40pm – SMARTY WILD – non-runner – unofficial replacement PADDYS POEM finished 17th.

4.15pm – HOOK UP – held up and always towards rear, never on terms – 12th place

4.50pm – HOLD THE NOTE – chased leaders, outpaced when mistake 3 out, rallied 2 out, weakened flat finishing in 4th place for a bit of each way value.

Keith's tips on Paddy's Day began badly when ITCHY FEET unseated at the 6th in the Marsh Novices Chase.

The day quickly got better when at 10/1 SIRE DU BERLAIS stayed on strongly to take the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle.

FRODON led the Ryanair Chase until the 6th fence but once headed was well held and finished fourth.

The Stayers Hurdle saw another odds on favourite turned over when PAISLEY PARK was unable to produce his trademark late run, it was reported he had lost two shoes during the race.

Our runner in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate BEN DUNDEE was making good headway when hampered by fallers 2 fences out and fifth was the best he could manage.

MINELLA MELODY went form traveling well to being eased right down after being headed before the last in the Mares Novices Hurdle.

LE BRIEUL never made any impression in the Kim Muir and finished well down the field.

Chelteham Festival Day 3 Results

Marsh Novices’ Chase

POSHORSEPRICE
1st Chantry House 9/1
2nd Fusil Raffles14/1
3rd Asterion Forlonge14/1

Pertemps Network Final

POSHORSEPRICE
1st Mrs Milner 12/1
2nd The Bosses Oscar10/3f
3rd Come On Teddy10/1
4th Milliner7/1

Ryanair Chase

POSHORSEPRICE
1st Allaho3/1f
2nd Fakir D’Oudairies11/2
3rd Tornado Flyer25/1

Stayers’ Hurdle

POSHORSEPRICE
1st Flooring Porter12/1
2nd Sire Du Berlais5/1
3rd Paisley Park9/4f

Paddy Power Plate

POSHORSEPRICE
1st The Shunter9/4f
2nd Farclas5/1
3rd Top Notch50/1
4th Coole Cody22/1

Mares’ Novice Hurdle

POSHORSEPRICE
1st Telmesomethinggirl5/1
2nd Magic Daze22/1
3rd Mighty Blue12/1

Kim Muir Handicap Chase

POSHORSEPRICE
1st Mount Ida3/1f
2nd Cloudy Glen33/1
3rd Shantou Flyer11/2
4th Hold The Note9/1

Cheltenham Festival Thursday

Race Schedule

START TIMESRACEDISTANCETYPE
13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
14:10The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)Abt 3mHurdle
14:50The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
2m abt 5fChase
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
16:10The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fChase
16:50The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

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